Holy Friedman!

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  1. kentheterrible

    kentheterrible cheer up emo kid

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    Played on a BE100 the other day at GC. Holy crap, that thing sounded great. Also holy crap, the thing is $3,699! Dat tone doe...

    Anyone on here have any long term experience with a Friedman? Are these guys and Splawn in the same sandbox?
     
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    Shannon Lord Super Awesome Contributor

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    I have the PT-20 arriving on Wednesday, which is supposed to be the 20w little brother of the BE-100. Can't wait.
     
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    pylyo SS.org Regular

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    Got JJ at home and previously had a BE.
    Stunning amps, as well as the price is. :lol:

    Never played Splawn though.
     
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    kentheterrible cheer up emo kid

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    I heard about that PT... One on the way to my local GC so I'll have to check that thing out.

    Why did you go with a JJ over your old BE? They're supposed to be a little darker, aren't they?
     
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    Humbuck Can't stop, won't stop

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    One of the greatest amps (and Marshall modifiers) ever made...there, I said it. Although Splawn are damn fine, I would not put them in the same sandbox...IMHO.
     
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    Splawn,at least the Quickrod, is quite a different amp sound wise imho. Far prefer the BE personally,but both are great amps
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands SS.org Regular

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    Splawns are a bit drier and more metallic, IMO.

    The BE is pretty much the brown sound, but tighter and ganier.
     
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    This is a great description. As much as I love the Splawns that I've had, the BE-100 is definitely head and shoulders above them.
     
  9. technomancer

    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    The BE100 is a killer, killer amplifier. I picked one up a couple of weeks ago. It is so good that I'm considering picking up an SS100 or JJ100 :lol:

    BTW compared to the BE the JJ is more modern and mid voiced and the SS is more vintage voiced and thicker. That's from clips and a lot of reading, I've only played the BE in person so far.
     
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    pylyo SS.org Regular

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    I had both and JJ mode is a tad darker and a bit more compressed, than HBE mode is.
    Not necessarily gainier but like I said, rather a bit more compressed with a bit more low end.
    I just love both modes so much, I'm thinking of modding my JJ to have a HBE as well.
    Other than that, they are pretty much the same amps...

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  11. kentheterrible

    kentheterrible cheer up emo kid

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    Have any of y'all sent your single channel Marshalls over to Friedman to get modded? Seems like at $3,700 for the BE, you can grab a decent condition JCM 800 2203 for about $1,000 + $700 for mods and tubes and still have a ton of cash afterwards. Am I missing something?
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Different transformers and components mean the BE100 is not the same as a modded Marshall with say the Kitchen Sink mod. The mods still sound great, just not the same thing.

    Also in all seriousness it is just silly to pay MAP for anything :2c:
     
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    kentheterrible cheer up emo kid

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    Agreed. How have you been able to get around that on Friedmans? My buddy at GC says they don't get any kind of deal on them. Are there some other outlets I should be checking into?
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Call and talk to Arend Raby at x1276
     
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    I named dropped a hugely popular guitarist fiend of mine and got my BE100 for $3100. (Artist discount)

    Sold it a few months ago. Don't really miss it.
     
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    They are great sounding amps. But they are overpriced by at least a grand.
     
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    Before throwing down that kind of cash on a modded Marshall, test drive an actual Marshall (probably an early '80s 2203 or 2204) and see what you think. With the right OD and or EQ pedal to boost it out front, you might be surprised at what you can accomplish.
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Given how well they're selling obviously not :lol: Definitely not cheap though.
     
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    The newer Cantrell model has pique'd my interest.
     
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    What do you guys think of the BE100 for high gain applications? I don't expect it to be molten like a Rivera Tre or 5150III 50 watter, but does it do the job?
     

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