Soldano News?

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  1. boggydepot

    boggydepot Member

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    Mike will take the SLO to the grave.
     
  2. GilmourD

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    Is there anything particularly bad about B.A.D. outside of the name? I imagine if Mike is going to contract with B.A.D. they will be contractually obligated to do things his way or no way since he doesn't seem the sort to half-ass things.
     
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    Ok , so I'm way out of the latest loop of info .
    What is B.A.D. or the BAD camp ?
     
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    Boutique Amp Design. It's a shop in LA that builds amps and components (on a more industrial scale) for the boutique builders once they get too big to one-man it all in their home shop.
     
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    Thank You !
     
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    I would have no qualms about owning an amp built there. I'm sure there will be cork-sniffing about a Soldano-made SLO vs a B.A.D.-made one.
    I still probably couldn't afford one, but would trust the quality just the same.
     
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    I don't think Friedmans got any cheaper when they went to PCB and BAD. That move had to have lowered the production cost per unit, but it wasn't passed along to the consumer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
     
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    If Mike makes the move, then good for him. You're not forced to buy his amps if you don't approve or understand.

    I have been to the location (B.A.D) as well as another popular amp manufacturer's location, as I live and work in Los Angeles. It's a smart move if he does. The guy deserves every break he can get and should do what benefits him. In LA, you have speaker/cab/amp manufacturing opportunities that can help streamline his process for his and our benefit. It would be crazy not to make the move.

    I have spoken to Mike recently about an amp question. A nice guy who answers his phone and talks to you like a human being. I'll buy a B.A.D HOT Rod 25 just to honor a good guy and celebrate the move.
     
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    That doesn’t make sense to my mind.

    Perhaps Joe Morgan is going to build the amps with transformers made by Ron Ellis. Distribution and shipping courtesy of Ian Anderson .

    (I kid)
     
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    Maybe not, but they did do two big things, which was to make the amps accessible (no more wait lists!) and also to start releasing new features, functions and amps at a more rapid pace. So, R&D I guess?
     
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    I sure am glad I got my SLO from Mike, and B.A.D is not a bad thing, better having them than say completely losing Soldano altogether, but my preference is my amp to come from Mikes shop...
     
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  12. Daprofessor

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    Maybe Dave can help him make a more transparent effects loop. Something Mike may not have had the time to focus on as he was building amps and cabinets?
     
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    He already did on the HR25 and is modding SLOs with the new loop already. It will probably be standard on the BAD built SLO mark II.
     
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    Yes, I know. But is it as transparent as the Friedman amps?

    I own 3 Friedman amps (BE100, SS100, SB) and the effects loops are outstanding which is why I went with the Friedman's. If the SLO mark II or the Hot Rod 25 has the same transparency, I am there. It is a deal breaker for me.
     
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    SLO new loop is available ; it’s a lot of money IMHO.
     
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    Yes, but is it transparent enough to spend the money? Maybe yes/maybe no. It depends on the person and what they are willing to pay. IMO it better be perfect for the price of the amp. YMMV
     
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    Agreed. I’ve got a PS2.
     
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    The new loop mod in the SLO is fantastic. I have two originals built with the loop and one that was sent back for the mod. It is still a tube driven loop and surpasses most, including the Metro board. The loop return is now the overall master and the channel masters are send levels.
     
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    If I recall my conversation correctly with Mike, he didn’t seem as overtly ecstatic or enthusiastic about it as I would have imagined. Kind of hard to put my finger on it.
     
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    For anyone curious about the HR25 heater wiring...
    The output tubes and indicator bulb get 6.3V AC.
    The 12AX7s and relays receive 12V DC, so each 12AX7 has its filaments wired in series.
     
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