#1
I was looking for a Blackstar HT-5 combo amp. I found the combo, but I also found a mini full stack HT-5. I'd seen these before, but what is the advantage in having a mini full stack vs. just a regular combo amp?
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#2
There are no advantages.

The disadvantages are that you look sillier and its harder to move around.
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#3
Well there is an advantage if you want to use different speaker cabinets. I'd certainly prefer the head because I have a few different cabs I'd run it into. Otherwise the combo is the better solution, it's more convenient.
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#4
The head is fine, infact that's what I would buy.
The stack however is extremely lame.
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#5
Head + 1/2/4x12 > Combo/mini-stack

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#7
But the mini stack is like, mini br00talz!

No, but seriously, the combo is better than the mini stack, and ch0 is probably right in saying that any type of 12 inch speaker cab is even better than that, a 1-4x12 can be used with other amps down the road, so if you wanted to upgrade, you could sell the head and keep the cab.
#8
Well from a technical standpoint, your tubes may probably last a few days more with a head, compared to a combo.

At higher wattages, I'd recommend getting a head + cab over a combo. For the simple reason that its easier to move a 50 pound head and a 25 pound cab as compared to 65 pound combo.
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#9
do you plan on playing this with a drummer?
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