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Stratman58
post Feb 3 2008, 10:07 PM
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So I discovered these things in the March 2008 article of GuitarWorld. A soundcheck feature was presented on the CD, and I could believe my ears (seemed like 'just another sweet tube amp on the market'), however, when I looked up the price, I COULD NOT believe my eyes!



It's a 5watt tube amp with a simple EQ and volume knob, and it comes both in head and cabinet, or combo.
The head alone is only $150! And the cabinet with a 12" blackheart eminence I believe isn't much more!

check it out....

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I believe it is made by Crate. The tone is capable of some nice vintage cleans and a range of classic rock crunches (The guy in guitarworld pretty much nails Angus' tone!) but is not capable of a metal distortion. A pedal would be required for that.

I'm interested in possibly investing in one, I'm just curious as to how my PodXT would work infront of it. Someone be the guinea pig and buy one...tell us how this thing behaves biggrin.gif



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post Feb 3 2008, 10:12 PM
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post Feb 3 2008, 10:54 PM
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Looks wonderful!! smile.gif
5 tube watts is really nice piece of gear,add pedal and jam. wink.gif
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post Feb 4 2008, 09:36 PM
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I don't think Crate is a very good company..(I hear it that way though)..But that amp looks cute and may work cool ... wink.gif
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post Feb 4 2008, 11:24 PM
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Interesting practice amp. I like it. The quality however is not certain... wink.gif


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post Feb 5 2008, 04:31 AM
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QUOTE (Stratman58 @ Feb 3 2008, 09:07 PM) *
I'm interested in possibly investing in one, I'm just curious as to how my PodXT would work infront of it. Someone be the guinea pig and buy one...tell us how this thing behaves biggrin.gif


I've been looking at little tube amps for a while. I'm big on the Orange Tiny Terror but at $500 for the head plus a cabinet, it's out of my range.

There's a lot of stuff out there about the Epiphone Valve Jr including some interesting mods to it. It's a tad cheaper than the Blackheart and a lot simpler (no EQ).

The Blackheart really took my attention when I noticed it. Small, seems to sound pretty good, cheap, and tube tasty. It also has 4/8/16ohm outputs. Would be interesting to hear this thing on a 4x12.

It hasn't been around long, so quality and reliability are a bit unknown yet. But at $250 for the head/cab I'll give it a try. I have some extra cash coming soon and will probably check it out. I just have to figure out how to record it.


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post Feb 5 2008, 11:52 AM
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I love the look of the Blackheart amps, shame theres no way to get them in the UK, im looking for a 30-50 watt amp xD


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post Feb 5 2008, 01:08 PM
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Doesn't seem to be available in Sweden sad.gif


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post Feb 5 2008, 02:53 PM
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After seeing the price of the head + cab in Guitar World, I was a little skeptical on how they would preform. But after hearing them on the CD that was included, I am extremely impressed! Very loud for a 5 watt.


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post Feb 6 2008, 07:59 AM
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Welp, after reading more and more about this amp, and watching a few youtubers, I decided to take the plunge and bought one. Supposedly it's perfect for blues and jazz, which suits me well. Also read that it works wonders with Boss distortion pedals, incase I ever need to plug in my metal zone for some Pantera biggrin.gif

Because this amp is soo new, I really have no clue as to what to expect...
as soon as it gets delivered, I'll be sure to do a review with some mic'd recordings smile.gif

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post Feb 6 2008, 09:29 AM
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QUOTE (Stratman58 @ Feb 6 2008, 07:59 AM) *
Welp, after reading more and more about this amp, and watching a few youtubers, I decided to take the plunge and bought one. Supposedly it's perfect for blues and jazz, which suits me well. Also read that it works wonders with Boss distortion pedals, incase I ever need to plug in my metal zone for some Pantera biggrin.gif

Because this amp is soo new, I really have no clue as to what to expect...
as soon as it gets delivered, I'll be sure to do a review with some mic'd recordings smile.gif


Congrats,let us know how it works and write a review!!! smile.gif


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post Feb 6 2008, 09:33 AM
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Take a look at the pictures then look up the Epiphone Jr and look at those pictures. It's literary the same amp! Probably comes from the same manufacturer in China. Only the Blackheart added EQ and 3/5W switch.

By the specifications it seems great! The 5/3W switch is clever though I'd rather have it ~5/0.5W

If I had to choose between the Orange Tiny Terror and this I'd go for this Blackheart model. Neat with the EQ smile.gif
I must be one of only a few in this world that's not impressed with the tiny Terror rolleyes.gif


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post Feb 6 2008, 03:10 PM
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I'm searching Sweden to try to find someone who sells it.
A friend of mine is in USA now but I can't get in touch with him!!! Why can't everyone understand the importance of being online everywere and all the time sad.gif

And BTW.
How would I go about to get a 120V/60Hz amp to run on 230V/50Hz?

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QUOTE (blindwillie @ Feb 6 2008, 03:10 PM) *
And BTW.
How would I go about to get a 120V/60Hz amp to run on 230V/50Hz?

If you look in muris Trax thread he explains how he did it with his Mesa.

My suggestion is that you cut off one of the pins that goes into the wall socket so you end up with only one, that should leave you with half the voltage I assume, the only problem is that it's down to 30Hz instead of 50 but twisting the cable would make the magnetic waves affect eachother while twisting 2/3'rds would get you to 45 Hz, you'd have to be more accurate if you want be exact but since I don't even know what the Hz does I'm sure it's not important.

...I think wink.gif
Perhaps Clas Ohlson have transformers? - Man _kan_ göra så, men det är inte rätt /Lorry

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Cool man, sounds like a fun amp you can play around the house with, I'm looking forward to the review.


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post Feb 6 2008, 07:36 PM
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It looks amazing!! I want one for me!!!

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QUOTE (MickeM @ Feb 6 2008, 04:17 PM) *
If you look in muris Trax thread he explains how he did it with his Mesa.

My suggestion is that you cut off one of the pins that goes into the wall socket so you end up with only one, that should leave you with half the voltage I assume, the only problem is that it's down to 30Hz instead of 50 but twisting the cable would make the magnetic waves affect eachother while twisting 2/3'rds would get you to 45 Hz, you'd have to be more accurate if you want be exact but since I don't even know what the Hz does I'm sure it's not important.

...I think wink.gif
Perhaps Clas Ohlson have transformers? - Man _kan_ göra så, men det är inte rätt /Lorry

Mahaha! Det är jag, precis.

I'll look into it and check up Muris thread, thanks.


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post Feb 7 2008, 12:52 AM
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Here's a Youtube that explores the amp, cosmetically and the guts...nothing too extravagant, but a recording is also played during the slideshow to give a taste of the amps tonality smile.gif
A few pedals were used and the video creator shares his insight wink.gif


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post Feb 8 2008, 10:45 AM
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They seem to be releasing more amps:
Killer Ant
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Oh how do I get hold of these!?!


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