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'Not Sure If I'm Happy With My BUDDA SDii - 18

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by yardbird mac, May 20, 2011.

  1. yardbird mac

    yardbird mac Member

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    After 9 months of trying to bond with my BUDDA SDii - 18, it's just not doing it for me. I think due to my age I'm getting into liking a little less gain, and to me, the BUDDA sounds a little thin and buzzy. The gain isn't pleasing to my ears when backed off. I've tried one other speaker in it, a 16Ω EMINENCE Cannabis Rex. The CR fattens it up a little, but not enough. I guess I'm more of a FENDER person

    Has anyone else here had a similar experience?
     
  2. big jilm

    big jilm Supporting Member

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    I had a SD18 II as well. Nice amp - very lightweight, fx loop, good cleans. Overall, I wasn't completely happy with it, so off it went. I really liked it at first, but after a bit I found it too dark. I was always fiddling with the EQ. I have discovered I don't like EL84's in an amp. I've tried Vox, Orange, and Budda - not enough tight lows for me. I will say it sounded cool for lead work, but too mushy on chords for me.
     
  3. trower

    trower Silver Supporting Member

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    If you have the combo which sounds like is the case. these versions suffer from headroom and that nice richness of say a 6L6 tube IMHO. I'm a long, long time Budda amp player and have owned most versions and these are my least fave's. This can be dark but not fat if you know what I mean and they do bark and excell when you have a fat sounding cab/speaker backing them up, also those EL84 are quicker to compress and run through there life span. My 84's went south within a year and it got very thin sounding. I'm happy with the SD45's... maybe give the SD30 a try if your an EL84 man.
     
  4. yardbird mac

    yardbird mac Member

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    I'm beginning to think I'm not an EL84 or EL34 person. I had a BLACKSTAR HT 20 combo that preceded the BUDDA. I didn't like it either after a while..

    It's funny... I can get a better "British" tone out of my FENDER Super Champ XD (Newell cab - 12" EMINENCE Red-White & Blues). I was hoping that once the Phat 12 speaker broke in the BUDDA would give me the same sound as the SCXD #8 setting on steroids. 'Close, but no cigar!

    I still have my two FENDER Pro Tube Pro Reverb amps. I'm having a head cabinet built for one of them and I'll pair that with a custom built speaker cab. I think the BUDDA is going to go up for sale:hide2.
     
  5. 8len8

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    I've heard BUDDA amps don't really sound their best unless they are cranked...
     
  6. El Caballo

    El Caballo Retired bar hopping musician Supporting Member

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    That's true for most amps. If you don't like the budda move on.
     
  7. dughaze

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    I want one!


    ...someday.
     
  8. BlueHeaven

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    Man, I wish I had the coin...I'd buy yours as a backup for mine! Different strokes I guess.
     

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