From Bad Cat –
“Bad Cat takes a ‘no compromise’ approach when designing and producing amplifiers. Our goal in each classic style, hand built amplifier is to achieve great tone and sturdy construction. Bad Cat Amplifiers are designed and built entirely in Southern California. Each step of this process is where the quest for perfection really begins. Our team gets really excited about what sets Bad Cat apart. We call it the ‘Bad Cat Difference’. Meticulously paying attention to each component affecting the sound and performance of our amplifiers is a journey we love to undertake every day. Our users benefit from our passion every time they plug in and crank up their favorite Bad Cat amp. Since we also play what we build, it is truly gratifying for the Bad Cat Team to be a part of bringing each product to light.
The Black Cat 30R combines our legendary 12AX7 and EF86 top boost preamps with a classic British power section featuring four EL84 power tubes running in class A. The 12AX7 channel goes from chimey 3D cleans to the perfect edge of breakup. The EF86 channel picks up where the 12AX7 leaves off with its complex low mids and increased harmonics capable of producing moderate to thick gain without any sacrifice in clarity. The EF86 channel can also be switched between the traditional bass and treble tone stack and the five-way tone selector which bypasses the tone stack with a selection of five tone caps for the purist at heart. Independent K Master and reverb controls allow each channel to be set at any desirable gain and output level and the global cut control adjusts upper treble frequencies to accommodate for dark instruments or rooms.
We discovered a unique way to make our spring reverb sit perfectly in the mix without ever overpowering the instrument or stealing tone from the preamp. This approach produces studio grade reverb right through your loudspeaker.”
Power: 30 Watts
Power Tubes: 2 x EL34
Pre-Amp Channel 1: 12AX7
Pre-Amp Channel 2: EF86
Tone Stack Buffers: 12AX7
Reverb Send: 12AX7
Reverb Return: 12AX7
Phase Inverter: 12AX7
- 30 Watt Class A (4 x EL84)
- Cathode biased
- 12AX7 & EF86 channels
- 4, 8, 16 ohm impedance selector
- Spring reverb
- Effects loop
- GZ34 Rectifier
- Half Power switch
- Proprietary Bad Cat UK Celestion Speaker (8 ohms)
- Export Model – 240 v
External Construction –
Chassis: Welded Aircraft Aluminum
Combo: Finger-Joined 11 Ply Baltic Birch
Heavy Duty Leather Handle
Powder Coated Steel Corners
Weights and Dimensions –
112 Combo: 53 lbs, 24″ W x 10.5″ D x 18.5″ H
Favoured by diverse artists like Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Slipknot, Arctic Monkeys, and even Taylor Swift’s band, Bad Cat has become renowned for its high quality build and impressive hand-wiring. Using old-school building techniques coupled with modern materials and a broad foundation of knowledge, Bad Cat has successfully created a line of tube amplifiers sought after by professional worldwide.
This one is in as-new original condition. It sounds ridiculously good. This is pretty much as good as it gets for anyone who wants a big fat sound with dial-in harmonic complexity, total reliability, lots of flexibility and tone to die for. Not to be confused with the Bad Cat Cougar range, which are designed in USA but built in Asia (and actually sound great), this made-in-USA amp comes from the original Bad Cat factory in California, with all the pedigree of a modern classic, 21st century boutique guitar amp.
Comes with original owner’s manual.
Video Demo – https://youtu.be/yLEeTxLBIf4