Just Picked Up A Bad Cat Mini Cat II

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by SvenHock, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. SvenHock

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    Its on its way and I was wondering what experience if any, someone here has had with the little bugger.
     
  2. ptecat

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    I am also interested in hearing more about this amp.
     
  3. 10-top

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    I cant speak for the II but I had the first version. I personally hated it, played it a few times and sold it within a week. Thought it was terrible, couldnt get a good sound out of it. Hope your version is better and it should be.
     
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    Until you plugged it into a bigger cabinet.
    Plugged into a Bogner 2x12 cabinet the thing recorded really well. From its own cab/speaker....geh...?
    Rumor has it the "II" version is supposed to address that...

    jb
     
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    I'm not sure how bad the I was, but the II is not impressive through it's own speaker. I haven't played it through a separate cab, but that would probably "fix" my issues with it.

    A friend and I were considering them, and neither of us bought one. IMO, they're too expensive for what they are.
     
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    I almost snagged one, but then...I didn't. For reasons unrelated to the tone of the amp. I'm really interested to hear the OP's report!
     
  7. Mad John

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    I have the first one and used it as my main amp for the past 4 years! (I just got a Bruno Underground 30 yesterday. :D)

    I had the original speakers changed for some Webers. I put NOS tubes in her and I will let you be the judge......

    Here are some samples of the Bad Cat mini 1 in action from a few years ago:

    Wah Zoo - http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6321452

    The Return Of The Mighty Warrior - http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6321820

    Abandon Shoes - http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6323705

    These recording were all done with the on board speaker and no cabs.
     
  8. Rock72

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    I had the first version too, but I kept mine for 2 weeks :D... It was a well built amp, 2x10 speakers (I believe it was celestions), with reverb. I liked the clean sounds coming out of the amp. Found them to be very 3-dimensional. I didn't like the amps own drive though. It sounded "flubby" (is there such a word) to me. On the other hand, I use pedals for drive, so I opened the MV and plugged in the pedals. It took pedals well. The amp sounded to me better with single-coils, and I can imagine a telecaster with a compressor in front of the amp pushing it to slight break-up will sound good (I have a strat...so I'm only imagining).

    Play around with it and see what you think. I know a lot of people who speaks very highly of them, and love the tones they get out of it.
     
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    I had a head version of the mini cat I. Even paired with a 4x12 cab it felt very thin and ratty. It actually made me totally fear all single-ended amps' ability to give a good sound. Chalk that up to inexperience, as the Reeves custom 6 fixed my folly. I was always curious, though, if the II's added preamp tube made a difference at all. Still, I'm not risking trying it out, though I might try the used Star Nova that just popped up at my local store.
     
  10. SvenHock

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    Well, this is not what I wanted to hear but, I'll I have to wait until it gets here and judge for myself. The last Bad Cat I had I could not sell it fast enough but the guy who bought it loves it....................I guess this is why its good to have choices.
     
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    Had the first one for one afternoon before I sent it back....tried it through various cabs and couldn't find anything I liked either. Sure hope they improved #2!

    Sorry, but those clips don't really do it for me either....pretty much sounds as I remember it....but that's just me and tone is about the most subjective subject there ever was.
     
  12. wsaraceni

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    are you sure you arent talking about the cub?
     
  13. Rock72

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    Man, you are absolutely right...I BETTER CHECK THOSE DARN READING GLASSES :(...Sorry for the confusion, my opintions where specifically related to the Cub.

    I'll go back to my rocking chair now!
     

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