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Still thinking about getting a smaller amp for practice, bought a B-52 AT-100 w/ 4x12 cab a few weeks ago.. great amp but a little loud for what I need here (impulse buy). Well now I'll have it for whenever I start playing with a band at least.

I plan on using one of the amps in question (Blackstar HT-5, Jet City JCA20H, Orange Micro Terror) with my B-52 4x12 cab. Can't afford a smaller cab right now but in the future sometime I'll probably pick one up that matches whichever practice amp I get.

Used prices from Guitar Center, the Blackstar is $220, Jet City is $200, and the Orange is only $150 brand new. I don't expect the Orange to get many votes but I just threw it in because it's one I've been looking at. Also, I'd be ordering this before trying, since I don't live anywhere near a guitar center.
 

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How much is the JCA22H? That's seemingly a better buy than the 20 (2 channel rather than 1 IIRC). I wouldn't touch the Micro Terror with a clap-riddled cock. The HT-5 is pretty awesome when boosted. Wish I hadn't sold mine actually.
 

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Cant make a drive (even 2 hours) to try amps out?
 

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What style of music?

The Blackstar HT-5 does high-gain fairly well.

The JCA20H has more of a crunch sound.

The Micro Terror is more of a doom metal sound (not sure how else to describe it...).

They're all fairly different, so if at all possible I'd recommend playing them, or at least checking out youtube clips.
 

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May I mention, the Blackstar takes pedals REALLY well. Running a different OD or Distortion on the clean channel is marvelous.
 

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I've owned a JCA20H and a HT-5, but not the Orange. Between the first two, if you're looking for something to cover a lot of tonal ground, go with the HT-5. It's also better on volume, being only 5w.
 

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As far as what style of music, I just got back into playing electric after a 5 year hiatus. Been playing bands like God Dethroned, Death, Autopsy, Job For A Cowboy, even a little Pantera. Ultimately I would like to focus on death metal.

The JCA22H is $400 new, $350 for a floor model off Ebay. More than I'd like to spend at the moment, just bought the B-52 recently and still paying it off. I'm really pretty happy with the tone it gives me, but I don't know much about tone and am pretty sure there's room for improvement.

Oh and the closest Guitar Center is about 2 and a half hours away, making that a 5 hour trip. Plus it's over the mountains (the Cascades) and I drive a diesel truck. I'm content with reviews and recording samples for a purchase this small (~$200).
 

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Thanks, I think that's what I'm going to end up doing. The amp anyways... I have a Boss MT-2 and it's not that great, is the ML-2 a lot better?
 

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Another vote for a boosted HT-5. I've been playing mine a lot more lately, and the range of tones I can get with the clean channel, gain channel, and a boost is astounding. I have the combo, but the thing absolutely rips through a good 2x12 or 4x12
 

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It's been that long since I used a Metal Zone I couldn't properly tell you :lol: I had the Blackstar series one, and the ML-2 I borrowed cleared up all of my problems I had with it. Get the HT-5, and run the MT-2 up front on the clean channel, and see what you think.
 

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Thanks, I think that's what I'm going to end up doing. The amp anyways... I have a Boss MT-2 and it's not that great, is the ML-2 a lot better?
The ML-2 just has a much more usable range of distortion. The MT-2 is so extreme that it's hardly usable, whereas the ML-2 has a much better collection of sounds.
 

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Another vote for a boosted HT-5. I've been playing mine a lot more lately, and the range of tones I can get with the clean channel, gain channel, and a boost is astounding. I have the combo, but the thing absolutely rips through a good 2x12 or 4x12
Good to know, I was curious how it was going to sound through my 4x12. Is it still going to be fairly quiet through my cab or am I really going to need a 1x12 for "practice volumes"?

Either way I plan on getting it, just found out today that it has a headphone output. Which reminds me, can you play with headphones and no cab hooked up? I thought this was always a "no no" for tube amps.
 

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The 1x12 won't get much quieter than the 4x12, if at all. As long as you're vigilant with the volume knob, you should be fine to play at normal bedroom volumes.
 

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Thanks for all your suggestions guys, I really appreciate it. Probably would have ended up ordering that Orange Micro Terror if no one talked me out of it.

I'll definitely keep an eye out for a used ML-2 as well.
 

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Still needs a cab hooked up I'm afraid. They do the matching 1x12 cabs too. As well as a 4x8, and 1x10. Should be fine through a 4x12 mind.
 
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