Price paid: £ 779
Purchased from: andertons
Features — 9
Here I have my Blackstar HT 100 Metal its a very well put together metal machine here is what Blackstar say: Blackstar HT 100 Metal Head, all-tube amphead for electric guitar, 100 watt, 2 x ECC83, 1 x ECC82, 4 x thomann 6L6, 3 switchable by foot switch channels, patented infinite shape feature (ISF) clean voice switch, resonance control, presence control, master volume, digital reverb with dark/bright switch, speaker emulated output with 1x12 and 4x12 sounds, effects loop with effects level switch, thomann including 4-way foot switch (clean, OD1, OD2, reverb).
Sound — 9
My style of music is groove metal. I need a amp with a good gain structure with good note clarity and a monstrous bottom end I have tried Engls, Marshall, Peavey, Mesa etc. and all though I can't knock them I find a nice tone oozing from this amp maybe as its voice for metal and well that's my thing. There is more than enough gain on tap her but I use a Maxon OD808 to tighten everything up. I play a ESP Eclipse CTM 1 and a ESP Horizon NT and both axes scream through this it remains very defined at hi gains and seems built like a tank.
The one thing I knocked of a bit of the score for was the noise. I run a ISP Decimator 2 in the loop and boom whisper quite. So beware of the hum you get. The clean has a bass and treble but not middle I found this rather odd but instead there is a voice button one gives a boutique-esque sound slightly overdriven and dirty sounding and the other more American rich and deep sounding this is the one I use and I find with the reverb and chorus it's very Metallica-like and just what I like. But I'm sure if you want to play around there are multiple options to the clean and OD channels. One thing I will say the dials are sensitive and respond to the slightest touch.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is a beast and is a tank very solidly built. I am sure this will remain a workhorse of an amp Blackstar make very well put together amps I believe this is a underrated and unknown gem in there line. I would gig with this with out a thought of a back up. The finish and parts seem of a top notch and the stock tubes seem nice and work every time I've had no problems at all I mean a lot of people will see this amp and see the price tag with out even diving it a whirl well I believe that would be a mistake I've play 3000 amps that don't beat this just worth a go it's not for everyone but shouldn't be passed up by gear snobbery.
Overall Impression — 9
For what I play this suits my needs completely I am happy with this and a bargain at the price. I have been playing 16 years and tried a ton of gear and I must say this is up there with some of the top amps I've tried. The only thing I wish it had was a separate eq for OD 1 and 2 and a middle on the clean but to be fair I can dial in my tone no issue so its not over all a major issue. If it was lost or stolen I would replace it just because of the build quality and the sound you can dial in super easy with this.