has magically transformed into...
Here's how this transformation happened (aka - GAS in effect):
So I'm browsing the internet and I find out that Blackstar have just released the HT-20. At this stage I've had my Dual Terror for a couple of weeks and I'm pretty happy with it. It looks cool, does a mean rock sound, and put a pedal in front of it and it can do a pretty convincing teh brootalz. Still, it can't hurt to send off an email to the music store and ask them if they have any HT-20s in store can it? Surely not, I have an inquisitive mind that's all. I have no intention of buying a new amp, I've just purchased one. Why would a need a new one?
The next day I get a reply stating that coincidentally they've just imported some into the country and they expect them to be in store next week. Even better, it's only $999 for the head (the dual terror was $1499). Great! Fantastic! Wonderful! Spectacular!
At this stage I'm kicking myself. I had originally tried the ht-5 and the only reason I didn't get it was because it was only five watts. I ended up getting the dual terror because it was 30 watts. Something that could keep up with a drummer if I needed it to.
I figure the best way to get around my conundrum is to pretend I never saw or heard about the HT-20, and under no circumstances am I to go into the store and try it out. No, never, ever. That would be foolhardy.
A week goes by...
Well it can't hurt to try it out, I mean I'm in town anyway I might as well go into the music shop. Amps are meant to be played and just because I'm going to play it doesn't mean I'm going to buy it, sheesh.
I'm in the store playing the ht-20 through a Charvel equipped with seymour duncans. It's everything I remembered about the ht-5, a killer overdrive channel, loads of gain on tap. The ISF dial really does work, turn it left it's a US flavoured amp, right and it's British. Oh what's this? They've added tone knob to the clean channel and a reverb. Well what could a single knob possibly do? I bet it's crappy reverb too. Ah, actually the verb sounds pretty good, and for one knob that tone knob surprisingly effective.
Crap, I really want this amp.
Luckily the music store were awesome, they let me swap the Dual Terror for the HT-20 and gave me store credit for the difference! I took a little bit of a hit, but it wasn't too bad considering I'd had the Dual Terror for a month.
So long story short, I'm super stoked. That is, until the next small high gain amp head comes along