#1
hey everybody
I am on the market again for a small tube amp
somewhere along the lines of a 15 watt.

I play mainly classic rock like pink floyd, eric clapton, led zeppelin, GnR, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix,...........

I am looking at spending somewhere around 400 dollars a little more or less is not really a problem.
I am thinking about two different amps right now. The Blackheart bh15 handsome devil or the Fender hot rod blues deluxe NOS on the scrath 'n dent deal of MF. Now I know that the Fender won't give me any good distortion sounds but it would probably give me a very beautiful clean base to hook some pedals on to get whatever sound I need. I really don't know anything about the blackheart since I could not find any at the local dealer. so can anybody tell me how they sound.

does anybody have any other suggestions?

thank you
#2
Budget, styles, genre?

Never played the blackheart, but the BJ is good for anywhere from cleans (not much headroom) to blues and classic rock. Definitely try them first if I was you.
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#4
budget is 400 dollars like I said and genre is classic rock

ahmm the next major city would be Detroit
#5
Sorry, had too much too drink. Either of those would do well, though I'd try them in person and see for yourself.
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#6
haha np man I know what you mean.

yeah I should but I could not find the blackheart in any store near me.
#7
blackhearts like the best possible thing for you it sounds like
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#8
Blackhears ARE hard to find. Crates will be that way soon to I imagine. Wonder what's next for them.

Here's some stuff to look into:


5150 combo $600 (a little heavy for what you listed tho and over budget)
http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/899881264.html

Peavey Classic 30 *AND* a Squire for $600 (INTERESTING)
http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/899312072.html

Carvin Legacy 100w combo $500 (yummy)
http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/898725968.html

Ampeg VL1002 $500 (know nothing - looks like a tube - cab too)(prolly brutal)
http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/898242709.html

Fender Hot Rod Delux 40w $400 (nice amp, very loud, need pedal for sure, more for cleans)
http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/897200805.html

Mesa Boogie Studio .22 $450 (know nothing but looks sweet)
http://detroit.craigslist.org/msg/895369007.html


OK. Well, that was just stuff posted today. Lots of stuff man. Go to Musica Instruments under For Sale section after finding Detroit and type in 'amp'
#9
I've only found BlackHeart amps at smaller music stores. Nothing at anything the size of SamAsh or Guitar Center.

That being said, I was only able to plug into the Little Giant. I was hoping to try out the Handsome Devil but they didn't carry that one. Possibly because they also had a few Orange Tiny Terror amps and didn't want to cannibalize their market.

It sounded great to me, but I'm a hack who can barely play so take that opinion for what it is worth ;-)
#10
blues jr is one of the best amps i've ever played in all the guitar center trips i've made. although if it was me a year ago, i would tell you to go buy a blues jr. but... i've grown out of that.

blues jr is a nifty little amp that has a lot of versatility, and quite a potential. however, it is NOT the greatest sounding amp straight out of the box. Fender uses a cheap speaker that i started to hate after about a month since the purchase. i made a speaker change, and couple of tube changes, i modified it a little (like 10 spots, with new parts and soldering irons) and i'm 100% satisfied with the sound i get. using my stratocasters, from crystal clean to pete townshend's the who crunch to all out aerosmith, it's a monster now.

i never played a blackheart. sorry
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#11
out of those two...blackheart. the fender would do the Floyd better i suppose...but the others are all gonna be owned by the blackheart. the fender will have more sparkly cleans, but i prefer british voiced cleans....more fat....thicker. the natural OD on a blackheart is pretty beautiful too. with a nice OD, you're gonna cover everything up to thrash metal.
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#12
^plus 100.

The blackheart is more versatile, the BJ is more of a blues, coutry rock amp if anything, its bomb for cleans and alternative, but for what you want definately the BH.