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TokaiEX 01-12-2013 06:14 PM

NAD! (Blackstar content...)
 
SO, the story...

I've been looking for a new amp since the speakers blew on my marshall valvestate, originally I had my heart set on a peavey 6505 - but since i heard the clarity on the Blackstars, as well as the lower wattage, I was quickly drawn to it. After many fruitless nights of ebay searching, I finally found an HT 20 combo in the right price range, snatching it for a few quid shy of 310.

Anyway I got the amp on friday night - sat on the floor next to it playing until my family shut me up. First impression - Christ it's loud! I read that valve power is far louder than solid state, but I hadn't really thought it would be this loud! The clean channel is awesome, tone control goes all the way from a thick, clear, almost percussive sound to a more mellow, traditional clean. This is the first valve amp I've owned, so it was awesome for me to crank the volume and hear the breakup, also responds really well to the guitar volume control.

OD channel is brutal, I find the key is in the volume control, distortion sounds really thick, with a lot of room presence at higher volumes. The thing that amazed me was the clarity when playing chords at high gain, even with 5 and 6 string, full chords, notes all rang out, absolutely no mud. But it still sustains, which is something which I always considered as a trade off - high gain/clarity, have one or the other, not so with this.

I'm certainly still smitten with this so the review probably isn't that subjective to be frank... if I had some time over the weekend - I'll record some clips :)

Pics!!!





arty shot...



wit the rest of the family...


R45VT 01-12-2013 06:24 PM

2pac FTW. :haha:


Congrats and glas it is a step up from the valvestate.

JesusCrisp 01-12-2013 06:40 PM

HNAD! :cheers:

inb4blackstaraintnotubeamp

Insanity ninja 01-12-2013 07:21 PM

HNAD! :five:
I'm also a blackstar used, ht100 head, too loud, but amazing sound! I wish I'd gone for a lower wattage ._.

shredder3386 01-12-2013 07:25 PM

HNAD dude. I also went Blackstar over the 6505 and it was the best decision I ever made.

cdr_salamander 01-12-2013 07:32 PM

HNAD! I see you have it mic'd up... Perhaps you could deliver some clippage? :poke:

:cheers:

SHaun Steel 01-12-2013 07:37 PM

Congrats buddy.

TokaiEX 01-12-2013 07:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by cdr_salamander
HNAD! I see you have it mic'd up... Perhaps you could deliver some clippage? :poke:

:cheers:



Will be doing so on the morrow!!

Tom 1.0 01-12-2013 08:03 PM

Good stuff :cheers:

Offworld92 01-12-2013 08:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by JesusCrisp
HNAD! :cheers:

inb4blackstaraintnotubeamp


blackstaraintnotubeamp!

:haha:

R45VT 01-12-2013 09:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by shredder3386
HNAD dude. I also went Blackstar over the 6505 and it was the best decision I ever made.


Depends what you play. Glad you like it as well.

Blktiger0 01-13-2013 02:38 AM

HNAD! :cheers:

I've always been a fan of these amps, although I think they're a bit too pricey for what they are, and of course there was that whole marketing thing from Blackstar...

Glad you like it, though! It's definitely a huge step up from the Valvestate!

Fisheth24 01-13-2013 02:25 PM

Hey man! Just wondered if there was an Impedance selector on this? Cause if I get one I was wanting to stick an 8 ohm V30 in it, but wanted to know if it was possible. Cheers!

SVBall 01-13-2013 02:27 PM

HNAD!
Got the same amp last month for Christmas and am loving it as well. Voiced a tad darker than I'd like, which I'm hoping can be helped by swapping out the stock speaker...

As far as the Blackstar hate - :shrug: - it sounds great to me! I knew what I was getting into when I picked the amp re: all tube vs. tube & some SS.. If you get it at the right price, it's a fantastic and versatile amp for bedroom, jamming, and smaller gigs and covers a range of styles. Hope you continue to enjoy yours!

SVBall 01-13-2013 02:29 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fisheth24
Hey man! Just wondered if there was an Impedance selector on this? Cause if I get one I was wanting to stick an 8 ohm V30 in it, but wanted to know if it was possible. Cheers!


Yep, that would work fine. It has options for 1x16Ohm, 1x8Ohm, and 2x16Ohm.

Fisheth24 01-13-2013 02:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SVBall
Yep, that would work fine. It has options for 1x16Ohm, 1x8Ohm, and 2x16Ohm.


So I wouldn't blow the OT?

Right, thanks a lot.

TS happy new Amp day!

gregs1020 01-13-2013 03:45 PM

Happy NAD!

FatalGear41 01-13-2013 11:02 PM

Nice amp! HNAD! Enjoy it!

randomguy2000 01-14-2013 04:43 PM

^*reported*

H4T3BR33D3R 01-14-2013 09:10 PM

HNAD. Cool amp. :cheers:



I had one of those. I recently sold it to a 7 year old kid and his dad. I hope he's using it more then I did. :haha


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