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post Aug 14 2009, 12:21 PM
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Just bought a nice hotrodded ultra modded Blackheart BH5H from Rat Valve Amps, a little company that specialzies on mods. The basic model here is the above mentioned Blackheart.
Can't wait to get the thing. Check the page and some nice youtube vids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf3WqOBAmP4...player_embedded

http://www.ratvalveamps.com/blackheart-bh5h

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just got the cam so will do some real vid review soon

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post Aug 14 2009, 12:54 PM
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Nice!!! Congratz!!!!
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post Aug 14 2009, 01:00 PM
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BTW the spectacular thing about this amp is the powerscaling. This allows you to crank pre and power amp at low volume. So you get perfect pre and power amp gain at bedroom level. Much better than a power soak. In addition you can switch between L84 and 6L6GC output tubes which allows for totally differnt gain caracteristics.
There are many more mods Andy from Rat Amps put in. Just a super versatile amp for studio and also small gigs. Ok only one channel but what did they build pedals for?


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post Aug 14 2009, 01:15 PM
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Looks cool, I'm looking for something like this - pity its a UK shop sad.gif


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post Aug 14 2009, 01:18 PM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Aug 14 2009, 02:15 PM) *
Looks cool, I'm looking for something like this - pity its a UK shop sad.gif



you could get yourself a Blackstar 5HT (the thing Muris won at GI). Great sound and definetly great for home studio.


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Yeah, I'll check it out thanks. I could probably do some of the mods myself - I definitely want that power scaling!


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post Aug 15 2009, 02:17 AM
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Wow!!

Those mods look pretty cool, changing valves, powerscaling & even the pedal. Awesome.
I had an eye on that amp but realized it would be too loud for home use cranked. With these mods it looks & sounds killer.

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Seen a few of these poping up, sound really great, and who wouldnt want an amp with "Rat" written on it!
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QUOTE (sted @ Aug 15 2009, 10:02 AM) *
Seen a few of these poping up, sound really great, and who wouldnt want an amp with "Rat" written on it!

Warren DeMartini (Unless he's dyslexic!!!)
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Aug 15 2009, 02:21 PM) *
Warren DeMartini (Unless he's dyslexic!!!)
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laugh.gif He's the only one who can't own one. He'd get too many questions about the spelliing


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post Aug 15 2009, 02:07 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Aug 14 2009, 09:17 PM) *
I had an eye on that amp but realized it would be too loud for home use cranked.


I've built a few tube amps before. 5 watts cranked in your bedroom will make your ears bleed! biggrin.gif Particularly with an efficient speaker.

This is interesting tho. The power scaling almost seems must have. Egnater has an amp that does the dual tube w/mix thing too.


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post Aug 15 2009, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE (Toroso @ Aug 15 2009, 03:07 PM) *
I've built a few tube amps before. 5 watts cranked in your bedroom will make your ears bleed! biggrin.gif Particularly with an efficient speaker.


Yup. Even my AC4 at 0.25 Watts setting is already too loud for an apartment when cranked through its 12'' cab!


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post Aug 15 2009, 06:44 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Aug 15 2009, 12:56 PM) *
Yup. Even my AC4 at 0.25 Watts setting is already too loud for an apartment when cranked through its 12'' cab!


How do you like that AC4?


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post Aug 15 2009, 08:34 PM
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I haven't heard this amps before but sound very good! Congrats!


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post Aug 16 2009, 04:50 PM
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Good mods, I like the power scaling and the EL84-6L6 switch on the combo. Pretty cool smile.gif


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QUOTE (Toroso @ Aug 15 2009, 07:44 PM) *
How do you like that AC4?


Love it!. As i said I can't really crank it at home, but I use a satchurator dist pedal in front and it takes it pretty well, gives a beautiful overdrive on low gain & a powerful nwobhm "maidenish" roar when gain /guitar volume is increased.



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post Aug 16 2009, 10:32 PM
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Looks great, powerscaling is a very nice feature smile.gif
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post Sep 10 2009, 05:03 PM
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just wanted to say that the amp is great
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post Sep 10 2009, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE (ItsMe @ Sep 10 2009, 05:03 PM) *
just wanted to say that the amp is great
Will make a demo vid soon

Could you stretch to doing a written review that I could add to the Gear Wiki as well?
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post Sep 10 2009, 11:51 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Sep 10 2009, 06:30 PM) *
Could you stretch to doing a written review that I could add to the Gear Wiki as well?
Pretty please?
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