Budda Superdrive 18/30

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  1. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

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    Lets talk about the Budda Superdrive 18/30

    What do you think about them? I'm looking at a new amp/amps or maybe build another one. I've read great things about these buddas and they might be what I want.
     
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    They're excellent amps. Lots of reviews/info available if you search this site and HC as well. If you have any specific questions, there's plenty of current and past SD owners here.
     
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    I've read and searched. I was hoping someone might have a clip.
     
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    If you like low end, you may want to go with a SD45 or SD80....the EL84s can be a little lacking compared to big bottle tubes, IMO.
     
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    Haven't played any of the SD Series, but my Strinmaster (4 X EL 84) certainly doesn't lack anything in the bottom end, at least for my needs. I'm sure everyone's needs and perceptions are different.
    Rick
     
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    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    I think each model is very different from the other. Headroom, Bass Response, volume....it's different in each version, including differences between the combo & head. The 1x12 SD II 30 is one of the best grab and go amps I've used. Very light...powerful...versital.
     
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    Great clips ratter, LOVE sgswamp.
     
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    Thanks! That was just me goofing around...SG Standard into the rhythm channel with the drive down low and the master volume cranked.
     
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    Ratter, that was what I was looking for, thanks mang. What cab? How loud were the high gain clips?
     
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    The sgswamp and haynes clips were into a Marshall 4x12 both at very high volumes. The srvej clip and superquiet clip were a THD 2x12, at whisper volumes. Lower-than-TV volumes, using a combination of the master volume and a hotplate. The hotplate wouldn't really be necessary with the 18, as it's a much more manageable volume. Guitars were an SG on sgswamp, a '62 reissue strat on srvej.mp3, an R7 les paul on haynes.mp3, and an EBMM EVH on superquiet.mp3. I like the superquiet clip because I think it's a really punchy sound considering the ridiculously low volume it was recorded at.
     
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    I just wonder if the 18 would be as close tonewise, I like the really fat tone in your clips.
     
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    The preamp of the 18 is actually voiced a bit fatter/warmer than the 80. And of course overall is a touch saggier/spongier. So, volume and 'bigness' aside, the 18 is a fatter, but slightly less aggressive tone. It just lacks in the big wallop that only big amps can give you. But if you want fat and sustainy tone without fizzy fuzzies, all of the SD's excel at that.
     
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    It was that FAT at that low of a volume, WOW!!! That's what I want. What speakers were in the cabs?
    Thanks ratter,
    Skip
     
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    Really most of the clips I have heard are not nearly as good sounding to me as the ones you posted. I don't think everyone searches for the tones I like. I'm going to have to try one out in person.

    The cleans were pretty too and usually I don't care for clean.
     
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    There are some Budda 80 and Budda 30 clips in my signature
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    If it is fatter sounding, Then I'll be owning one. I'm thinking about the 30 though. Should it be the same as the 18 but with more power?
     
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    There ya go Bro

    One of my fav Budda sd80 clips.........
    It's a great lead machine with smooth fat tones.
    My lp std straight into the Budda.........sm57 1/2 way tween edge of cone and dust cap.
    Gain was at about 2 to 3 o'clock and master was at 9 o'clock but it was hotplated down -8dbs...the speaker was a Celestion g12h30 anni in a 1x12 closed back cab.

    http://www.pebbleman.co.za/ricker/FastAndFunky.mp3

    hope you enjoy

    Rick
     
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    I had an SD30 II and it was killer! Definitely will have another one someday.
     

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