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I play modern death metal stuff like (Dying Fetus, Despised Icon, etc..) I play a LTD Viper 400 w/ active EMG's, tuned to B standard with 12 gauge strings.

I'm looking into getting a 2x12 combo, under $1000. Been looking at this Blackstar HT 60. Anyone have experience with this amp?

Buy Blackstar Venue Series HT Stage HT-60 60W Tube Guitar Combo Amp | Tube Combo Amps | Musician's Friend

or would I be better of with something like this Rocktron Vendetta.

Buy Rocktron V160R Vendetta 160w 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp | Hybrid Combo Amps | Musician's Friend

I'm looking for a used 5150 combo, but I don't know if i will find one.
 

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Enter Josh in 3... 2... 1...
 

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:fawk: to you Drew :D

I haven't tried the HT-60. I've only played the HT-5 and the HT-20, and both did some great chunky metal sounds on the drive channels. I don't play death metal, but I don't see why they wouldn't work for that :shrug:
 

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I tested out the 5 and my 20 is en route. They can definitely hash out some mean metal tones. Useable ones too, not those top-fizzy or farty tones. With a TS in front and a heavy hand, think JFAC's Lords of Chaos.
 

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Yeah, you shouldn't have any problems with a lack of gain.
 

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Alright, would you recommend the TS7 or TS9?
Pretty much the same circuit actually, and the TS7 is much cheaper (and in a more convenient housing imo.)

For that kind of 'chunk boost', set the Drive at zero or nearly zero, Level at around 3 o'clock, and tone to taste, with "Mode" set to TS9.
 

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Yeah, I'm not really wanting a halfstack. Just alot of trouble to haul around, and I don't currently have a band.
A large tube combo won't be much better though. That Blackstar is 67 pounds - I play through a head and a 2x12 which, admittedly, aren't MUCH lighter individually than the combo, but it's way easier to move a 40-pound head and a 50 pound cab in two trips than it is to move a 70 pound combo in one.

Also, 60 tube watts is LOUD. If you're "not in a band," you almost certaintly don't need that kind of power, and in fact really the advantage with tube amps is when you can drive the power section a bit. The HT-20 head (24 pounds) and a matching 1x12 or 2x12 cabinet would probably be lighter, easier to move, AND more suited to getting great tones at sane volumes, though probably would still have enough power to gig.
 

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A large tube combo won't be much better though. That Blackstar is 67 pounds - I play through a head and a 2x12 which, admittedly, aren't MUCH lighter individually than the combo, but it's way easier to move a 40-pound head and a 50 pound cab in two trips than it is to move a 70 pound combo in one.

Also, 60 tube watts is LOUD. If you're "not in a band," you almost certaintly don't need that kind of power, and in fact really the advantage with tube amps is when you can drive the power section a bit. The HT-20 head (24 pounds) and a matching 1x12 or 2x12 cabinet would probably be lighter, easier to move, AND more suited to getting great tones at sane volumes, though probably would still have enough power to gig.
:agreed:

2x12 combos are a bitch to lug around. i'll take a head and cab any day over a combo for ease of transportation.
 

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While I've not tried the amp in question, I'll agree that heads & cabs are easier to haul than combo's. If you're not in a band, maybe grab a 1x12 or 2x12 to save space/expense, then you can always bag a 4x12 if you get a band going.
 

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I'm using the HT5 and Laney 1x12 at home. Gonna grab a 2x12 for practice on for small gigs. It's actually a joy to take, besides the cab being heavier than a standard 1x12 for some retarded reason.
 

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I LIKE combos, don't get me wrong, but if portability is a concern, a 2x12 combo is the last thing you should be looking at.
 
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