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Old 01-20-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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ALL ARE COPYPASTA FROM OTHER SITES AND SOME I WROTE MY SELF

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Blackheart amps are a new line of all-tube guitar amps designed by Pyotr Belov. Designed in the USA and manufactured in China by Loud Technologies (Crate Amps, Ampeg), these amps combine low cost and great sound.
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THE AMPS:

The Blackheart Little Giant 5w amp(the most popular amp for its size and price)

Blackheart Little Giant combo


This is a truly classic boutique design amplifier delivered in a robust, stylish package. With a switchable pentode/triode selector and 3-band EQ controls, you get the only amp in its class to deliver true tonal range from instantaneous punch to deliciously greasy overdrive and with precise control over output volume.

Every feature of the Blackheart Little Giant Guitar Amplifier Head represents zealous dedication to true quality in tone, looks and ruggedness. Under its sexy exterior you'll find a 16 gauge steel chassis, 1/2 inch corner radiuses and meticulous tolex work insuring years of reliable performance. Powered by an EL84 and voiced through a 12AX7 preamp tube.

* 5W Single-Ended, Class A
* 4-, 8-, and 16-ohm Speaker Outs
* Solid State Rectifier
* Volume with 3-Band EQ
* Pentode (5W)/Triode (3W) Switch
* DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
* 11-ply (18mm) thick
* 12L x 17W x 11H inches
* 20 lbs.
* 16-gauge steel chassis
* 1/2 inch corner radiuses
* Meticulous tolex work to insure years of reliable performance
* The combo has a single speaker specially designed by Eminence

The Killer Ant 1w amp

The Killer Ant embraces 100% classic all tube circuitry but, instead of a high power tube output section, it boasts a clever, all tube power block pumping out a mere fraction of 1W. What you get is arena rock tone at bedroom levels. That means no more angry neighbors.

Like its big bro, it features completely overbuilt component specs, from 1W resistors in the signal path to double sided PCB with 2 oz traces. Even its diminutive cabinet, just over palm sized, is built to take a beating with 15 ply (18mm) void-free wood covered expertly in durable black tolex. Final touches include distinctive white piping accents and a salt & pepper cloth covered front baffle. 4, 8 and 16-ohm extension speaker jacks allow you to hook the Ant into virtually any cab you like, including a 4 X 12. However, its counterpart, the Killer Cab, is designed to be its perfect soul mate.

* <1 Watt RMS, Single-Ended, Class A
* Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 1 x 8 ohm jack, 1 x 4 ohm jack
* Solid State Rectifier
* Volume (the rest of the tone is in your hands and your guitar )
* DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
* 15 ply, 18mm thick-void free plywood construction

The Handsome Devil 15w amp



Just like its predecessor and little brother, the Little Giant 5, the BHE Handsome Devil is overbuilt to last with features and components you'd expect on a hand built, much more expensive piece of gear. Both the head and combo feature dual power modes allowing the Gods of Rock to dial in responsiveness and headroom in either 15W or 7W output. Separate Master and Level controls put both awesome power and responsibility in the unwashed hands of mankind. 3 Bands of well-tuned EQ make for nearly infinite voicing. From big fat overdrive to plucky, just-about-to-squeal if you hit me a little harder grease, the Handsome Devil covers classic tube tone with as few knob turns as possible through a well thought out set of features in a tough as a tank package.

As expected, you get the simple elegance and robust component specs that mark Blackheart's designs. From 1W, carbon-film resistors in the signal path to beefy, double sided pcb with 2 oz traces, 16 gauge, precision folded and welded chassis and multi-ply, classically joined cabinetry, Blackheart is as serious about quality as they are about tone.

* 15 Watts, Push-Pull, Class A
* Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks
* Solid State Rectifier with tap for future mods
* Drive, Level, Treble, Mid, Bass and Presence controls
* Outputs: 1 x 16 ohm jack, 2 x 8 ohm jacks, 2 x 4 ohm jacks
* Pentode (15 Watts)/Triode (7 Watts) Switch
* DC Power to filaments for super quiet operation
* 15 ply (18mm) thick-void free plywood construction
* 1W resistors in signal path, 2W & 5W resistors in power supply
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The Cabs




Specifically voiced for closed back cabinets, the BH412ST features that rugged, we're in this for the long haul build quality that makes every Blackheart piece of gear a lifelong commitment to sounding your best, being your best and pissing off your neighbors. Rather than worry about how cheap we can make something (which to us, is like trying to see how ugly of a date you can get), we send these out your way with metal handles that'll hold their own for years and heavy-duty, metal casters that'll roll while you rock longer than most marriages last these days. These are sexy little boxes that feature meticulous tolex work wrapped around 15 ply (18mm) void-free wood cabs, classically joined and glued.

* 4 x 12 and 1x12 inch Straight Cabinet
* 1 and 4 Blackheart by Eminence Speakers (Model BH1216B), British-voiced and specially designed for closed back cabinets
* 300 Watts power handling
* Cabinet made of 15 ply, 18mm void-free plywood
* Parallel 1/4 inch input jacks to daisy chain multiple speaker cabinets from one source
* 16 ohms input impedance
* Metal handles
* Heavy duty removable casters included


The Hot Head


The Blackheart BH100H Hothead Guitar Amplifier Head takes the basic plug and play attitude of a world-class 100-watt workhorse head and puts just enough thoughtful features on it to be the most flexible amp in its class, not to mention several classes up. Two Power Modes (Class AB and Class A) divisible by Pentode (full power) and Triode (half power) operation put four unique, classic and powerful voices right at your fingertips and you won't need a Ph.D to get amazing tone; whether it's searing rock your face off at full volume riff work or plucky, responsive Class A blues when you're felling all deep and stuff.
* Class AB/Pentode: 100W of flesh searing power
* Class AB/Triode: 50W, tighter headroom, crisper gain, still hurts
* Class A/Pentode: 60W, lots of headroom before overdrive, nice and plucky
* Class A/Triode: 30W, less headroom, more responsive to your attack

Two-Channels, Separate EQs: The Hothead has two channels (Loud and F'N Loud), each selectable by a mini toggle on the faceplate or remotely via the included footswitch and each voiced through its own, dedicated EQ section. No more switching from one sound to the same sound in the middle of your jam. Dial in two distinct voices and rock on.

The LOUD Channel (aka One) is voiced to range from Crisp Cleans to Classic Rock and Heavy Blues tones.
Controls: Drive, Level, Treble, Middle, Bass

The F'N LOUD Channel (aka Two) is voiced to capture Classic Crunch to Sweet Overdriven Lead tones.
Controls: Gain, Level, Treble, Middle, Bass

Both channels share a Tube Driven Effects Loop that can be run in series or parallel modes (selectable by mini toggle on the amp's rear panel) and then hard bypassed, doubling as a footswitch-activated boost. Send and Return controls act as expected when in Effects loop Mode but allow you to tweak your Boost Volume when your effects are hard bypassed. Admit it...that's cool.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:03 PM   #3
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YOUTUBE VIDS


(this one compares 3 amps)
(with POD X3L)
(Blackheart amp clean, with reverb, delay and distortion pedals )
(crate's blackheart promotion commercial)

(reviewof the HD)
(blackheart's tones)
(clean HD)
(Killer Ant 1w amp driving a full stack)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17cz...player_embedded (The LG Bitmo Mod)

OFFICIAL MODS

http://www.blackheartamps.com/mods.html
http://www.mercurymagnetics.com/pag..._blackheart.htm (for transwormer modifications and the MEAN 13 mod)
-Tube swap: The stock Chinese tubes have to go. Try a 12AT7. They sound a little smoother to my ears. Stick with the 12AX7 if you need a heavier gain(i use tung-sol 12ax7 and a JJ el84).

-Output transformer: The first mod you should do IMO. Tightens up the lows and smooths out the highs. Chords also ring out a little clearer. The Hammond 125ESE is a great, inexpensive OT. I've also read great things about the Doberman 20 watt SE OT.

-Tone stack mod: Replaces the tone stack pots and caps with different values. Gives you a much more usable tone stack. The exact values escape me, google it, the info's out there.

-Replace C2: Use a silver mica cap. Try a 390pf or a 500pf.
*pointed out by Jason43*

converting the triode/pentode switch (3w/5w switch) to a standby switch.
http://www.guitarnuts.com/amps/bh5h/index.php
*pointed by occub*

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the KA uses only pre amp tubes (pre amp tubes usually used on other tube amps) as both the preamp and poweramp section.
the result is a different taste compared with tube amps that use both conventional preamp and power amp tubes.
the tone is shaped by whatever characteristics the preamp tubes have.
(for example, on normal tube amps, if you use a JJ 12AT7, you notice the amp sounds a little dark. when i fitted the same tubes into the KA, the amp sounded as dark as hell.)









*By daryle_goh*


OFFICIAL PRICELIST IN USD


Killer Ant = $179
Little giant = $199
Hot Head = $899
4x12 cab = $549
LG and HD cabs = $159
KH cab = $149
LG combo = $349
HD combo = $449

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I love the tone on them espesially for the price
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I love the tone on them espesially for the price


me too they are very affordable brit sounding amps

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I think they blow away VJ's
but I want to see how the Vox Ac4's measure up to the current 5 watt tube stacks
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I think they blow away VJ's
but I want to see how the Vox Ac4's measure up to the current 5 watt tube stacks


i never saw or play the vox but based an the harmony central reviews on lit i think Blackheart wins.
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i never saw or play the vox but based an the harmony central reviews on lit i think Blackheart wins.


The AC4 hasn't even come out yet
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The AC4 hasn't even come out yet

http://reviews.harmony-central.com/...ct/Vox/AC4/10/1

i read this review on HC
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That's not the new AC4 though.
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That's not the new AC4 though.


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Remember there's also an HD head for $349.99.

I'll hopefully pick up a Killer Ant soon.

I would really like a 30W version besides the Hothead, but I hope the Hothead is awesome as well.
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Remember there's also an HD head for $349.99.

I'll hopefully pick up a Killer Ant soon.

I would really like a 30W version besides the Hothead, but I hope the Hothead is awesome as well.


i was gonna try the hot head in my GC but they still out of stock
and i wish they make 30w amps or even some sort of "METAL" amp that can compete with bugera's peavey copies
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i was gonna try the hot head in my GC but they still out of stock
and i wish they make 30w amps or even some sort of "METAL" amp that can compete with bugera's peavey copies


I reckon the Hothead will have enough gain for 80's into early thrash metal, I also know that it can go into 30 watt mode.
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ummm i already used the seearchbar and i cant find any onlies thread
link please.
and i think you're talking about blackSTAR this is blackHEART
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ummm i already used the seearchbar and i cant find any onlies thread
link please.
and i think you're talking about blackSTAR this is blackHEART


No Blackheart, I used to own one and I had one subscribed... but to be honest after looking at the other one yours is much more detailed and looks like a solid thread so, forget the other ones. I'll dig up the links if you want but carry on.
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