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The Official BAD CAT Thread

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by your name here, May 27, 2018.

  1. Artie G

    Artie G Member

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    I noticed yesterday that the 5 way tone selector has a little slack before it clicks to the next setting. Sunday it was stiff with no slack. Does any one know what I need to do to eliminate the slack?
     
  2. travis_38

    travis_38 Supporting Member

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    Sounds like a loose set-screw maybe?
     
  3. neville5000

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    Curious, how is the Lynx compared to the Matchless Indy?
     
  4. Jim S

    Jim S Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    My perception, in brief:

    INDE
    does it's thing and does it well. High gain Matchless type tone. ( compared to other Matchless, INDE channel 2 is similar to the Clubman or ch1 HC30. Clubman is a little bit more dynamic than the Inde.)

    You can get metal tones but they get very compressed almost fizz with bass cranked. Bass from 4:00 to 5:00 massively scoops and alters the tonal structure way more than 8:00 to 4:00 : big jump in tone change.

    Ch 3 has a tad more gain that ch 2 if you dime both. But leaving ch 2 at lower gain setting gives more versatility if you want three channels to choose from.

    LYNX
    Hot-rodded Marshall.
    Reminds of my old BE100 and Cameron Atomica (build by Friedman) but more versatile. The regular MID control doesn't do much but the MID BOOST is actually a rotary clicker which massively affects the tone from classic Marshall to more scooped. It's more of a semi-parametric control than a boost, IMHO.
     
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  5. Lwilliams

    Lwilliams Supporting Member

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    Bad Cat Cub III here. I am an EF86 junkie. After gigging with a Matchless DC30 and SC30, I wanted to try out a Bad Cat. And I tried a few.

    When the Cub III debuted with all the preamp configuring options, I couldn't wait. Man, what an great amp. And no amp comes close to what that K-Master can do. I can learn tunes with the same tone as I'll use on stage. The volume level changes, not the tone.

    With 5 amps here, the Cub III is the only one I am using now. GREAT!
     
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  6. eyeamtheggman

    eyeamtheggman Member

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    Did this ever come in? Pics!
     
  7. sickboy79

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    This. I had this on my one of my amps. Just had to tighten up the set-screw on the chicken head knob. Done.
     
  8. Tube Guy

    Tube Guy Silver Supporting Member

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    My experience too.

    I have a Bad Cat Cub III 15R which is the first Voxy amp I've owned that doesn't have a limited volume sweet spot (and I've played dozens of others). I tried out my stash of 28 EF86s (EF86 being the reason I bought the amp) and settled on a Westinghouse that sounds glorious (together with Mullards in the other slots). I experimented with other speakers (Blue, Gold, Scumbacks) but prefer the stock speaker.

    I also have a Classic Deluxe (US handwired) that I pair it with. Similar story on tube swaps, and this time I also swapped the speaker for a Jensen Jet Alnico which I like in this style of BF amp. I can't help wondering though what the amp would sound like with a pine cab?

    I had to tweak the voltages for UK use: the Classic Deluxe needed a different tap on the transformer (an easy adjustment), and for the Cub I had to have a custom step down transformer made to bring the supply voltage down from 240V to 234V (the amp was designed with a 117/234V power transformer).

    These are fabulous amps, and John and his guys were great to deal with.
     
  9. hacinador

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    There is no difference between 234 a 240V. In UK there can be from about 215 to 255V, every net in every part of town is different. It's nonsense to use a step down transformer for a reduction of 6V.
     
  10. Lwilliams

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    Being an EF86 junkie, I too have a stash of them. My favorite is the old Amperex Bugle Boy. I have scavenged a about 20 of them so far.
     
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  11. StratStringSlinger

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    Since this is the official Bad Cat thread; does anyone know which Bad Cat amp Green Day used and maybe on which recordings? I email the company and never got a response. I’m curious which Bad Cat would get a good rock tone.
     
  12. Tube Guy

    Tube Guy Silver Supporting Member

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    So, if I can discern a difference in tone from a half volt change, why would 6V be nonsense?
     
  13. Tube Guy

    Tube Guy Silver Supporting Member

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    Those are great tubes, I wish I had a few. Mine are mostly run of the mill random NOS tubes, plus a few nice Mulllards and RCAs.
     
  14. TheThirdChild

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    Surprising you didn't get an answer! It was the lynx 50 I'm pretty sure. There was one on reverb actually built for green day a few weeks ago, might still be there.

    New lynx 50's also happen to be 20% off this week.

    Edit: https://reverb.com/item/9794457-bad-cat-lynx-50-combo-2006
     
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  15. hacinador

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    So sad your amp must be so different in every single place...
     
  16. Tube Guy

    Tube Guy Silver Supporting Member

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    No need for sadness, I run a fixed 240V supply to my amps - so no more ‘amp sounds off today’ just my playing that wanders.
     
  17. sickboy79

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    I remember reading that somewhere too. Lynx. As far as getting a good rock tone from Bad Cats - they all do! Just depends on your definition of a "rock" tone. The Hot Cat 30 is also one to consider.
     
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  18. Wesman61

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    Yes. I posted it somewhere but I'll a pic here when I get home. I'm on vacation till thurs.
     
  19. Wesman61

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    Remembered I had it on imgur.
     
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  20. Artie G

    Artie G Member

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    Does any one know which tube slot is the phase inverter on a first model Judah? It has 3 tubes in a row (12ax7, 12ax7, EF86) then one 12ax7 to the far right by itself.
     
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