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  1. #1

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Herndon, VA
    ME: Jackson Soloist
    Rig: Fractal Audio Axe-FX II

    iTrader: 4 (100%)

    NAD: Blackstar HT5S

    Atomic Music was having a blowout sale last weekend, so I managed to score this neat little sucker for a very good price.

    I have the head plugged into my iso cab w/V30, and it sounds fantastic. The problem I've had up until now is that even my Mesa 20/20 was a little bit too strong to power a single speaker and get any kind of amp push. But a 5-watt amp is just perfect. I use the Blackstar both on its own and also with the Axe-FX as a preamp using the Blackstar's fx loop. For me, it sounds better as a power stage w/Axe-FX than the 20/20 does--fatter, and less chimey.

    The Blackstar on its own with the iso cab is quite versatile, since the ISF control allows you to blend between "EL34" and "6L6" modes. I find the Blackstar sounds a lot better with the ISF dialed closer to pure EL34, giving a very convincing Marshall crunch. The 6L6 is a bit flubby, though it sounds good for doing a Santana thing. I use the Blackstar with a MHP 72░ overdrive pedal, which sounds good with it. I may experiment with other pedals to get a bit more saturation, which many of you know I have a weakness for...

    I haven't had much of a chance to play with the Blackstar cabinets yet, since I've been busy dialing in sounds with the iso cab. They make a great place to set my drink, however.

  2. #2

    Join Date: Jan 2009
    Location: London, Ontario, Canada
    ME: WarmothTele/SE245
    MA: Seagull S12+
    MB: Fender Jazz Bass V
    Rig: Egnater Renegade 65

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    Having had a chance to play around on Darren's Blackstar a bit, I definitely see why people love them.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Black Swamp, OH
    ME: Rich Mahogany
    MA: Godin A6 Ultra
    MB: SR500
    Rig: Massive/Boobies

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    I'd love to get one as well!

  4. #4

    Join Date: Jun 2006
    Location: Earth
    ME: 02 NAMM Jackson RR
    MA: Takamine 12
    MB: Spector Euro 5
    Rig: SLO|Road King|▄berschall

    iTrader: 10 (100%)



  5. #5

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Manhattan
    ME: Warmoth Warhead
    MA: Blueridge BR-40
    MB: Dingwall ABI, Kubicki
    Rig: Budda SD30

    iTrader: 12 (100%)

    That 12BH7 power section is fantastic-sounding, isn't it! None of their "bigger" amps that I've tried sound quite as good.
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  6. #6

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Soviet Canuckistan
    ME: Decibel Javelin
    MA: Ibanez AJ307CE
    MB: Fretless Precision mutt
    Rig: Mesa F-30

    iTrader: 3 (100%)

    Welcome to the mini-stack club!

  7. #7

    Join Date: Sep 2009
    Location: BC, Canada
    ME: ESP Strat Custom
    Rig: Dual Rec/GSP 1101

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    Congrats! I love my HT-5 simply as a 5-watt tube power section - it's the perfect bedroom-level middle-man between my gsp1101 & a 2x12. And it was cheaper than anything that could take its place.

    A great piece of gear and one of the few that I've never thought about selling.


  8. #8

    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Norman, OK
    ME: Gibson SG Special
    MA: Yamaha FSX700SC
    Rig: Fender Deluxe VM

    iTrader: 0

    love mine, congrats.

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