These two amps, in a way sharing some DNA, and both being EL34, how similar / disimmilar are they soundwise?
I had one as well, but haven't played a Hot Cat. I thought the Indy would do great Led Zep, Black Crowes, AC/DC hard rock tones, and has a surprising amount of gain (I barely cracked either one). My favorite part was the clean channel, especially when pushed - would definitely hold its own with my BF Super; different, but equally as good. I missed the Matchless EL34 tone so I just picked up a Clubman.I find the cleans on my Indy are really great.
The Indy clean channel is magical.I still say the Indy clean was meh.
+1 on the ABY pan pedal. Which pre and power tubes do you like in yours?I've yet to try an Indy, but own a Hotcat. After a few easy power tube and preamp tube swaps (no need to bias) I've managed to get some very nice "rounded" tones that are more acceptable for classic rock from the original tube compliment, imop.
Great amp. A super cool thing about it is you can run an ABY pan pedal to both sides of the amp as a channel switcher, clean and dirty side, and blend it to how you see fit on the fly. SICK! Lots of options!
Would still like to try an independence tho, just to try one.