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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MD-BassPlayer, Dec 30, 2017.
Just a quick poll to see what the general opinion is on rat fur.
Rat fur?? Why?
Anyone else DETEST rat fur?
Rat fur!!!! Why do amps have Rat fur?!
I strongly prefer something else but it's not a deal breaker on a great cab.
Understood. Looking for numbers.
Hate it! I'll buy it but only to remove it.
Now that bars/clubs are smoke free and I've never had a cat, I don't mind rat-fur. In fact I think it holds up better than most other coverings. I've never felt the need to buy a cover for my rat-fur cabs because they can take the banging without any noticeable wear.
I voted "don't mind/ indifferent" but on a new cab would probably look for something without it.
but buying used, i'll get the best I can for the price, and not worry about it.
On the positive side, rat fur covering is VERY tough and stands up to gigging very well.
I’ve had two issues with it over the years. The first has all but gone away. The stuff was a nightmare in the smoking era. Sponges up the second hand smoke, and gross does not begin to describe the overall effect. Fortunately, I don’t play clubs that allow smoking near the dance floor any more.
The second issue is cats. They just love to use rat fur cabs as scratching posts. The effect can be rather incredible. We no longer have cats or dogs; so that’s no longer an issue for me either.
But, my current cabs just happen to be a combination of truck bed liner and tolex. I do still have two rat fur cabs in a storage unit up in Michigan. Praying they survive a couple more winters.
I feel the fur is much more durable if you're moving em. I'll pick on Aguilar as l own their stuff.
My DB112s in "chocolate thunder" would tear if you looked at them wrong. Not moving material without expensive covers.
I also have GS112 series cabs and they have been exposed to the riggers of the road. They still look real good and sound great!
These are commercial cabs, not furniture.
Sound and tone first, then aesthetics.
I've always been curious as to why modern manufacturers still cover bass cabinets in bloody carpet.
I have two rat fur Cabs for sale. I think that's part of why nobody wants them. I personally will never buy Rat Fur Cabs again. For Sale - 2 for 1 sale Avatar B115 Bass Cab W/3015LF and B210 Neo's (Eminence USA)
I have an old Peavey 410TX cabinet covered in rat fur, and it looks great for its age. I don't mind that type of covering at all.
Our cat isn't allowed in the music room, or I'm sure he'd have scratched it to pieces, though it is a Peavey cab, so it may just destroy his claws.
We do have a white dog who sheds like crazy. Her fur sticks to the rat fur covering like glue, which gives it a salt and pepper distinguished look. Nothing a lint roller can't fix.
D. shave it off
I keep an old broken Carvin around specifically because our cat loves to tear it up. It keeps him from scratching on anything else.
Wouldn't buy rat fur again.
We have a white boxer that sheds a lot...
when building cabs: i used the popular 'painted on' coverings: easier, faster. i have carpet-covered in the past but it was not cost efficient (time) for me.
when buying cabs: i don't care about the covering as much (or at all) as i care about the wood/materials used under the covering!
i voted "indifferent."
I'm good with rat fur... all my Trace stage rigs are upholstered glorious dark green. I've gigged them for years before & after the smoking era... No problems with durability or lingering odors.
My Markbass rig also has rat fur, not anticipating any problems there either.
Lately I've been kinda digging the tuck & roll stuff... and of course I'm down with anything upholstered in thick, red shag.
I won't buy any cabinet that doesn't have rat fur...
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