I've owned a couple and never found that to be the case? Just more break up but not that significant of vol increase. That said...I was able to gig with the Classic Cat with a LOUD drummer and another guitar player. Just don't expect a lot of clean headroom. Great amp...killer 6V6 tone.Not according to the guy I bought mine from... but swapping out the stock 12AY7 with a 12AX7 resulted in a significant increase in output.
With a 12AX7 in V1, it'll get every bit as loud as a Deluxe Reverb. With a 12AY7, it won't even come close.
For sure...the classic cat is a small club kind of amp.Kinda depends on the size of the club, I think. I have a Hot Cat 15 that works nicely most places, but is always mic'd, so I'm the only one that really needs to hear it. I put it on a stand to my left, and have no problems.
Agree 2 - I actually bought the Classic Cat thinking that it would be suitable in my studio but it is still too loud even when slightly dimmed with a Hotplate. I have never experienced any darkness, just great tone. You can use your guitars volume knob to clean-up the signal very nicely at high volume/gain levels.For sure...the classic cat is a small club kind of amp.