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post Nov 24 2008, 10:44 AM
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QUOTE (Pavlov @ Nov 24 2008, 10:01 AM) *
So basically, for 360 euros you're all set and have an amazing little Tube amp that sounds great? Or would I have to buy the head with it too?

360€ is for the Combo. The head runs for 299€ and then you'd need a (matching) cab. The HT-5 mini stack runs for 549€ so for a single cab I guess something like 130-140€

EDIT: If it sounds great or not would be up to the listener. I've only heart one review soundclip and I havn't heard the amp live but a fair guess is - YES, it'll sound great. Perfect for home practicing and home studio, even pro studion. You could gig with it too if you hook it up to your PA, no need for miking since you can just jack up the emulation-output.

QUOTE (Pavlov @ Nov 24 2008, 10:01 AM) *
How is this better than, say, a Blackheart or an epiphone valve thingamajing for home use?

A Blackheart or Epi Valve could very well be "better", it depends a bit where you put your value.
Without ever heard the HT-5 I put the extra value in
* ISF texture feature (sweep between british and american sound)
* It's designed to sound a 100W at low volumes. To explain that, if you ever played a 50-100W tube amp at low volumes it's not a full sound at all but rather weak. Crank it an there's a different story, bottom end and headroom and a powerful sound. I've miked a 4x12 cab at home and recorded at low volume, a realaity for many users with either family, neighbours or both to concider. It doesn't sound good at all. You need some Volume! I userstand the HT-5 is designed to deliver the cranked sound already at low volumes which is great for us home users or studio users who want to record. All you need then is to get the volume up to par with the mike.
Also I susped it's a nicer home practice sound aswell.
* There's an effects loop
* There's a cab emulator, check the picture in the first post, there's a jack beside the (5) to the left. That works with headphones aswell.

Compared to the Blackheart or Epi Jr the Blackstar cost more money but has more features. The question is rather whether you need these features or not. If you don't, save a buck by getting a Blackheart or Epi valve. If you want your amp all inclusive, I suggest the Blackheart.

I just feel one should get a HT-5 a.s.a.p before they realize they put the price way too cheap for such an amp!!!!!!!

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post Nov 24 2008, 11:48 AM
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Ah thanks, much clearer now. One more question, do you need the head or does the combo alone suffice?
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post Nov 24 2008, 12:00 PM
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QUOTE (Pavlov @ Nov 24 2008, 11:48 AM) *
Ah thanks, much clearer now. One more question, do you need the head or does the combo alone suffice?

A combo is sufficient. It's an amp in full with both amlification and a speaker.

A head alone won't work, it's only the amplification part, you need to buy a speaker cabinet to go with it.


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post Nov 24 2008, 12:10 PM
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Oh tempting...

Mmm, screamyness.


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post Nov 24 2008, 02:51 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Oct 28 2008, 10:26 AM) *
Blackstar who are a relatively new company is pushing out one interesting product after another. Their series of pedals seem to be great ones and also their handwired Artisan series of 15, 30 and 100 watt amps.

They are releaseing a contender in the 5 watt segment, and what a beauty she is! It should be in stores late November.
[attachment=10851:Blackstarht_5h.jpg]

Funny thing is that it's called HT, same as the pedal series so it's supposedly carrying the craftsmanship of the pedals in it's preamp section.
Also comes in a 1x10 combo version and there's a mini stack too (head + 2 pcs of 1x12 cabinets)

- A studio and practice amp that has two channels, clean and dirty.
- Has speaker emulated output (1x12 or 4x12 voicing).
- An effects loop.
- Also has something called ISF and simply put one can say that's a texture knob, you've seen it on other amps. Elmwood has a texture knob on their Modena and I suppose it's what Peavey Valveking also comes with, sits in the back. It's like "turn it and go from a US kind of amp sound into UK territory). It's a UK design so I expect it to sound bristish in it's foundation.

In a small 5 watter all of this together is just WOW!!

It's poweramp has a 12BH7 dual triode tube that delivers 5 watt but the character is supposed to be like a cranked 100 watt amp. This was Blackstars idea about this amp to start with.

Preamp: 1xECC83 and Poweramp: 1x12BH7
10˝ Celestion speaker in the combo (and cabinet)

Priced adound twice of Blackheart to name a competitor
Head cost around €300
Combo around €360


GREAT for home or cabin use!
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post Nov 25 2008, 11:50 PM
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Through a 12" it would be so sweet!


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post Nov 26 2008, 05:51 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Nov 25 2008, 11:50 PM) *


Through a 12" it would be so sweet!


Love the voice of the demo guy tongue.gif
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post Nov 27 2008, 06:10 AM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Nov 25 2008, 11:50 PM) *


Through a 12" it would be so sweet!



Check out the guy demo-ing the Vox Satchurator...burning it up! smile.gif
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post Nov 29 2008, 03:20 PM
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Next demo video. This seem to be a pleasant little beast cool.gif



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post Nov 30 2008, 03:20 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Nov 29 2008, 09:20 AM) *
Next demo video. This seem to be a pleasant little beast cool.gif


Wow - very versatile and some great sounds - could make it to my wish list, I'd love something with that range to use for recording!


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post Nov 30 2008, 04:23 PM
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Pretty cool little amp! 5 watts cranked will still be loud though.

I'm always telling people tube amps aren't rated the same as solid state amps. A 5 watt tube amp is equal in volume to a solid state amp more than twice the wattage rating.

So don't be fooled thinking 5 watts will be bedroom practice level.

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post Nov 30 2008, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (tommyboy @ Nov 30 2008, 10:23 AM) *
So don't be fooled thinking 5 watts will be bedroom practice level.


No definitely not! But 5W is a a reasonable level for studio and recording work ... I don't see this amp on sale in the US though yet ...


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 30 2008, 01:35 PM) *
No definitely not! But 5W is a a reasonable level for studio and recording work ... I don't see this amp on sale in the US though yet ...


True on the volume for recording and studio work.

Sounds like it delivers some nice tone, that will be the bottom line.


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post Nov 30 2008, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (tommyboy @ Nov 30 2008, 04:23 PM) *
I'm always telling people tube amps aren't rated the same as solid state amps. A 5 watt tube amp is equal in volume to a solid state amp more than twice the wattage rating.

So don't be fooled thinking 5 watts will be bedroom practice level.

tommyboy

On my account it's more for home studio work. Having the opportunity of getting the sound of a cranked 100W amp (claime by Blackstar) and the line out makes it a perfect choise for me.


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Another demo found on youtube




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post Dec 20 2008, 06:14 PM
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I have tried this amp and it's extremely good, loud to smile.gif. The watts is more than enough and when playing live the sound technicians often wants to reduce the stage sound and tells you to turn the amp volume down. And a tube amp sounds better on higher volumes, therefore I think it's better to have a 5 watt amp than a 100, because you will often have to turn the volume down on the 100watt and decrease the soundquality. smile.gif
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post Dec 21 2008, 01:57 AM
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So MickeM, the million dollar question is "have you bought one yet and when will post a proper GMC demo" haha...looks like a very sweet amp, i think I'm buying the mesa boogie 5:50 for just a bit more versatility, 5 watts seems to be a great fit for many uses, I find my 15 watt tube right now is too loud at my house
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QUOTE (inertia @ Dec 21 2008, 01:57 AM) *
So MickeM, the million dollar question is "have you bought one yet and when will post a proper GMC demo" haha...looks like a very sweet amp, i think I'm buying the mesa boogie 5:50 for just a bit more versatility, 5 watts seems to be a great fit for many uses, I find my 15 watt tube right now is too loud at my house

The answer to that is.... NO sad.gif
Was going to for christmas but havn't yet, and now it's sold out again so it'll take to end of january until I get my next shot at it. I've got my mind set on it so until anything more appealing shows up I'm getting this one wink.gif

A Mesa 5:50 would be great for both gigs, rehearsal and practice. Seem like a fine amp to have.


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post Dec 21 2008, 02:16 AM
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Could ebay it!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BLACKSTAR-HT-5-HEAD-...%3A1|240%3A1318



QUOTE (MickeM @ Dec 21 2008, 01:07 AM) *
The answer to that is.... NO sad.gif
Was going to for christmas but havn't yet, and now it's sold out again so it'll take to end of january until I get my next shot at it. I've got my mind set on it so until anything more appealing shows up I'm getting this one wink.gif

A Mesa 5:50 would be great for both gigs, rehearsal and practice. Seem like a fine amp to have.



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Was looking at this because I could really use a tube amp for home practice instead of my current solid state..

But I was wondering if the 5w is enough to also play small gigs, lets say 100-200 person crowd?

And would you recommend getting the mini-stack or just the amp + some 4x12 cab?

I also see it has a headphones in jack.. Can you play it without hooking it up with some speakers and only using your headphones?


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