Friedman Be-Mini

Fordman65

Active member
Lol I love when something new and inexpensive comes along and people feel threatened that their super expensive amp might not just be the best damn thing that ever existed
I don't think anyone feels "threatened". Who the fuck would feel threatened by this? Thats fucking stupid. You know what else is fucking stupid? Guitar forum hyperbole. I distinctly recall this happening with the Boss Katana... Except, suddenly the Katana wasn't the best anymore and a shit ton of them were FS in the classifieds. "FS: Like new, only played for 2 minutes" or "I bought this because some internet fucktard told me this was the best and it's not; infact it sucks ass."

I'm a big Friedman supporter and if this little guy produces the goods I think that's awesome. For those that want to get into this sound but don't want to drop $3k, this could very well be a fantastic option. Big kudos to Dave for expanding his market reach. I'm just calling out the BS internet hype machine.


Edit: I'm just in a mood
 
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dpeterson

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What about all his slagging of no tubes = no good campaign? Now ss is good? Very entertaining to say the least.
 

japetus

Well-known member
I don't think anyone feels "threatened". Who the fuck would feel threatened by this? Thats fucking stupid. You know what else is fucking stupid? Guitar forum hyperbole. I distinctly recall this happening with the Boss Katana... Except, suddenly the Katana wasn't the best anymore and a shit ton of them were FS in the classifieds. "FS: Like new, only played for 2 minutes" or "I bought this because some internet fucktard told me this was the best and it's not; infact it sucks ass."

I'm a big Friedman supporter and if this little guy produces the goods I think that's awesome. For those that want to get into this sound but don't want to drop $3k, this could very well be a fantastic option. Big kudos to Dave for expanding his market reach. I'm just calling out the BS internet hype machine.


Edit: I'm just in a mood
Katanas are pretty sweet though.
 

rm5153

Active member
For me, it’s not so much that as products come out riding hype and piggy backing off of name familiarity and quite often underdeliver. The skepticism is natural
I get it. I owned some really expensive and high end tube amp. I was able to pretty much model each of my Friedman BE100s and my BE100 DLX with my AXE FX 3 so for my needs as just being a home player, I didn't need $7k in Friedman heads sitting around when I pretty much captured a apples to apples tone with my AXE 3. I still have a Cameron and a EVH EL34 100 Watt but in the end, I found myself running the AXE 3 via 4CM into both of those amps and then just utilizing the real heads as a power amp and using the amp sims on the AXE 3 as I found them more enjoyable and more forgiving to play. I took a runner at the BE Mini and I am quite pleased with the tone. Playing the BE Mini quiet and through my rig it sounds awesome and has this mid quality and thump to it that is just really nice. Doesn't seem solid state to me at all so hats off to Dave Friedman. Great product and great marketing strategy. Like others have said, I wish growing up that we had amps like this at our disposal. To have a Friedman amp and Friedman tone for under $400 is a great marketing approach. Will this replace a tube amp, hell no but for jamming at home it sure sounds nice and sure beats wearing down the tubes on your tube amps just playing at whisper home volumes.
 

Kapo_Polenton

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I get it. I owned some really expensive and high end tube amp. I was able to pretty much model each of my Friedman BE100s and my BE100 DLX with my AXE FX 3 so for my needs as just being a home player, I didn't need $7k in Friedman heads sitting around when I pretty much captured a apples to apples tone with my AXE 3. I still have a Cameron and a EVH EL34 100 Watt but in the end, I found myself running the AXE 3 via 4CM into both of those amps and then just utilizing the real heads as a power amp and using the amp sims on the AXE 3 as I found them more enjoyable and more forgiving to play. I took a runner at the BE Mini and I am quite pleased with the tone. Playing the BE Mini quiet and through my rig it sounds awesome and has this mid quality and thump to it that is just really nice. Doesn't seem solid state to me at all so hats off to Dave Friedman. Great product and great marketing strategy. Like others have said, I wish growing up that we had amps like this at our disposal. To have a Friedman amp and Friedman tone for under $400 is a great marketing approach. Will this replace a tube amp, hell no but for jamming at home it sure sounds nice and sure beats wearing down the tubes on your tube amps just playing at whisper home volumes.
That's true. A small practice rig when you are working on riffs or backstage warmup amp.
 

braintheory

Well-known member
I don't think anyone feels "threatened". Who the fuck would feel threatened by this? Thats fucking stupid. You know what else is fucking stupid? Guitar forum hyperbole. I distinctly recall this happening with the Boss Katana... Except, suddenly the Katana wasn't the best anymore and a shit ton of them were FS in the classifieds. "FS: Like new, only played for 2 minutes" or "I bought this because some internet fucktard told me this was the best and it's not; infact it sucks ass."

I'm a big Friedman supporter and if this little guy produces the goods I think that's awesome. For those that want to get into this sound but don't want to drop $3k, this could very well be a fantastic option. Big kudos to Dave for expanding his market reach. I'm just calling out the BS internet hype machine.


Edit: I'm just in a mood
I agree about the internet hyperbole part. It’s very annoying. I try to avoid doing it myself, but have also learned to filter that stuff out when I read it on forums and most guys who exaggerate that much from my experience are typically the ones that don’t really know what they’re talking about anyway. The Katana I remember sounding a lot better than other amps it was competing against, so it definitely had some good things going for it, but I don’t remember anyone who knew what they were talking about claiming it was a great amp period because it’s not

That all being said the mini BE seems like a really fun, cool amp for what it is, but not something I’ll be needing

I have also this one friend who in person overhypes stuff way more than the internet hyperbole guys. He means well and is a terrific guy, but it can be a handful to deal with sometimes
 
I don't think anyone feels "threatened". Who the fuck would feel threatened by this? Thats fucking stupid. You know what else is fucking stupid? Guitar forum hyperbole. I distinctly recall this happening with the Boss Katana... Except, suddenly the Katana wasn't the best anymore and a shit ton of them were FS in the classifieds. "FS: Like new, only played for 2 minutes" or "I bought this because some internet fucktard told me this was the best and it's not; infact it sucks ass."

I'm a big Friedman supporter and if this little guy produces the goods I think that's awesome. For those that want to get into this sound but don't want to drop $3k, this could very well be a fantastic option. Big kudos to Dave for expanding his market reach. I'm just calling out the BS internet hype machine.


Edit: I'm just in a mood
lol I use a Katana for at home practice and want one of these with a 1x12 celestion cab to replace it. from the available vids the tone is better overall than the Katana's.
I am definitely buying one but i think i will wait for one to show up in the classifieds.
 

Harley90

Member
I have one but not able to get the tones I hear in the demos, needs volume to get any good sound, need everything on 0 and treble and presence on 10, playing through a Bogner 1 x 12, I must have a bad one...just no treble, brightness, tried at least 10 guitars through it.
 

shred-o-holic

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I don't think anyone feels "threatened". Who the fuck would feel threatened by this? Thats fucking stupid. You know what else is fucking stupid? Guitar forum hyperbole. I distinctly recall this happening with the Boss Katana... Except, suddenly the Katana wasn't the best anymore and a shit ton of them were FS in the classifieds. "FS: Like new, only played for 2 minutes" or "I bought this because some internet fucktard told me this was the best and it's not; infact it sucks ass."
This is so dead on. How many times have absolute douchebag hacks had the biggest opinions on message boards? Threatened by technology advancement? There is so much cool shit out there now. This seems great but my question is..........is it just a BE OD with a small power amp bolted on and packed in a headshell? Don't get me wrong I think I love it...........just already have a BE OD Deluxe and a fantastic sounding Orange Pedal Baby power amp.....so for me it would be pointless to bother..........not saying I don't want to try it though lol...
 

skullfxr

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I have no horse in the race, but I AM curious to see how it would compare to the BEOD into a small Quilter poweramp which would be similarly priced. I am a tube amp guy, but damn those little quilter poweramp are pretty impressive and I wonder how the BEOD would sound with it.

That said, I don't see the need for the drama. Use what works for you at what time you need it to and situation. Whether a katana next to you on the COUCH or a BE30, or a 2203, use it and enjoy.
 

shred-o-holic

Active member
Pretty sure it is.
It's such a great pedal - why not stick it in a head?
I've used mine direct into a Powerstage and it sounds great.
You used the pedal or this amp? I just got my Pedal Baby. I gotta try the BE Deluxe......my Pod Go sounds killer with the Orange........
 

shred-o-holic

Active member
I have no horse in the race, but I AM curious to see how it would compare to the BEOD into a small Quilter poweramp which would be similarly priced. I am a tube amp guy, but damn those little quilter poweramp are pretty impressive and I wonder how the BEOD would sound with it.

That said, I don't see the need for the drama. Use what works for you at what time you need it to and situation. Whether a katana next to you on the COUCH or a BE30, or a 2203, use it and enjoy.
I had a Quilter Toneblock 201 for a while and the BE killed with it as well. I ran it straight in the front not in the loop and the tone shaping options of the Toneblock particularly the High Cut control were a plus.....the Quilter's are good........I'm enjoying the Pedal Baby even more....
 
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