Budda Superdrive 45 questions!

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  1. ben_allison

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    I'm really considering this bad boy. I played a Budda a while ago and remember that it had great, chimey, 3D cleans – some of the best I've ever heard. Seems like a very organic channel switcher. I just had a few questions from owners (I've heard all the clips, just looking for input):

    1) How's the low end? Big? Tight? Flabby?

    2) How does it handle dirt pedals?

    3) How's the channel switching? Any pops, clicks, or weirdness? Is it controllable with something like a Musicomlab switcher?

    4) Does it give up the goods at bedroom levels?

    5) Does it play nice with open back and closed back cabs?

    Thanks all!
     
  2. mitch236

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    Are we talking about cleans or OD tones?
    For strictly OD tones (which is what I use mostly)
    The bottom end tends to be compressed and can become mushy.
    It handles my TS great!
    Channel switching is great! I use a G-System to switch channels.
    Bedroom levels aren't as good as when you drive the amp. For that reason, you should consider a UA, they sound great with this amp.
    I think it sounds much better with my open back Two Rock 2x12 sig cab than the Budda cab (mine was closed back). But it sounds great with my ENGL XXL 4x12 closed back with V-30's.
     
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    I was talking about the OD tones. Typically I won't be playing cleans that need a "thud." I'm just wondering about palm-mutes. They need to be fairly tight.
     
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    i had one for a month near the beginning of 2008 and i have to disagree about it being mushy on the low end. i mean it's all relative, but i personally found it very big and tight at fairly high gain settings. once you get in into super saturated tones (preamp knob at say 2:00 and up iirc) things start to get get squishier - no more than any other amp though. but anywhere up through heavy 80's metal levels of gain it was very tight and punchy imo. your cleans will definitely thump also.

    don't expect anywhere near bedroom volumes with this beast. i don't know if it was the taper on the volume knob or what but i had a lot of trouble getting it to simply make any sound at all at anything less than shouting levels. below that it was essentially off. it's made for volume pure and simple. an attenuator (or something) is a must to get any control over it. fwiw, i was using slightly hotter pups (498t/490r).

    i didn't test many pedals though it nor did i try out different cabs.
     
  5. 440gtx6pak

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    1) How's the low end? Big? Tight? Flabby?
    Tight with the stock Budda speakers .... Flabby with most Celestions.

    2) How does it handle dirt pedals?
    Depends on the pedals. Pedals with more midrange like a
    Tubescreamer work best with Celestions.
    The OD Channel of the amp works best with the Budda Phats.
    Overall, I like the amp best with Budda speakers.

    3) How's the channel switching? Any pops, clicks, or weirdness?
    Sometimes has volume differences between the channels.

    4) Does it give up the goods at bedroom levels?
    Sounds good at low levels, especially with the Budda Phats.
    The volume control at lower levels can be hard to adjust.


    5) Does it play nice with open back and closed back cabs?
    Yes
     
  6. ben_allison

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    Ben, you owe it to yourself to audition several cabs before buying the Budda. I will preface it by saying I had the 2x12 and broke them in fully but I found the Two Rock to sound better for rock and hard rock with fairly high gain.

    I would love to try THD's 2x12 but none of the dealers around here have one.
     
  8. ben_allison

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    Hmm. Great tip mitch. Thank you greatly!
     

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