Budda SD 18 vs Bad Cat Hot Cat 30

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  1. tiny terror

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    I thought I made my decesion to buy the Bad Cat after playing it but I recently discovered the Budda SD 18., I mostly play at home and use low volumes that what steering me towards the budda. I never played one just heard sound clips and I was impressed. Any advice
     
  2. Zewango

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    Budda SD 18 is a great at home low volume amp. Used it's a bargain.
    Throw a delay in the loop and your set. I will be going down the Budda road again soon. Fun amp to play, set it once and all you do is keep playing.
     
  3. tiny terror

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    Can you get a good amount of gain at low volumes. Does it have a tube or solidstate switch on back
     
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    jeffh Silver Supporting Member

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    For home use I would suggest the Budda over the Hot Cat. I had a Superdrive and have a Hot Cat. I prefer the Hot Cat, but it needs to be opened up a bit, the Superdrive sounded great at all volumes
     
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    Yes alot of gain
    Only has a Tube Rec so no therefore no switch
    Great amp for the bedroom or on the stage in front of thousands of people...he he

    Rick
     
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    haha... yeah I was jammin with mine last nite in a big room with a pretty loud drummer.... my volume knob was at 8:45.... I record at fairly low volume and sounds decent (IMHO).

    I am intrigued by the Hot Cat, but can never find one to plug into....

    BTW: I was in guitar center over the weekend and they were blowing out budda's... I think the SD18 head was <$900.... that was in MD.... dont know if theyre doing that everywhere???
     
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    I might be able to shed a little light here. I've got a Superdrive 30 series 1 head and a Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R head. They are both fantastic amps, IMO. Hard to go wrong with either one - but, the do indeed sound different.

    IMO, the Budda (and I can only comment on the 30, not the 18) is a little bit better for home applications. The master volume is very good on both but, I think the Budda does not whisper volume/home volume a bit better than the Hot Cat does.

    Both amps have plenty of gain/drive on tap.
     
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    Haven't heard the Bad Cat, but I can't imagine you being disappointed with the Budda. Great amp for home and stage. Records very well.

    A
     
  9. tiny terror

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    Is there any advantage to step up to the budda SD30 from the SD 18, for home use
     
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    The 18 is very loud. especially as a head and 2x12 cab.
     
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    You'd notice a tigher bottom end and a little more headroom in the 30 over the 18, more so than a volume difference.
     
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    So for blues and rock to heavy rock you think the 30 gets a better sound or for the difference stick with the 18 for home use.
     
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    Honestly, I think either will work just fine for the sounds you want. It just depends on your personal needs. It might be worth trying both, if you can.
     
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    Thanks for the advice
     

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