Blackstar ht mkii

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  1. productive regeneration

    productive regeneration SS.org Regular

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    So I've been looking at amps a lot and I think that the Blackstar ht 40 mkii was right for me.
    The only problem is that I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere and can't really try it out.
    I'm going to be playing progressive metal, so I need the clean and distortion channels to sound good.
    Does anybody have any experience?
    And if you have a better amp at the same price range than I'd like to hear what it is as well.
     
  2. Petar Bogdanov

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    Strongly consider a Laney Ironheart. Much better for prog metal, IMO.
     
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    gross. why not just get a valve junior and put a pedal in front of it. it's basically what the ht series is.
     
  4. productive regeneration

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    Are 5 watts going to be enough?
     
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    And just prog, it's more like prog death metal.
     
  6. Petar Bogdanov

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    The Ironheart is richer, tighter and more articulate, aggression levels are about the same... For more death metally stuff, a 6505 or 5153 of some variety might be your favorite.

    Blackstar is geared more towards heavy rock, and their "metal" range is just crap IMO.
     
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    How are the cleans on the 6505 MH
     
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    or the 6505 combo
     
  9. BlasphemyMadeFlesh

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    5 watts is enough for the home studio or recording - but do you plan to play live? Do you like the tone of the Blackstar better than anything else?
    The 6505 and related are the go-to amps for any kind of metal tones in the studio. The low-wattage variants should make you happy if you like metal tube tones. Just use boosts and outboard EQs to tailor the tone how you want and consider a noise gate.

    EDIT: I had a 5150iii combo and I liked the cleans on it because you could get a nice amp breakup to use with pedals. However I prefer solid-state or modeler cleans...
     
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    just liked the Blackstar specks, I'm going to be using it for recording and live (if its possible), and I'm getting a noise gate anyways.
     
  11. shred-o-holic

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    I actually like the HT series a lot. I am in the minority on the internet apparently. Tone isn't much the concern as is durability. I see a lot of these amps refurbished and resold. I am intrigued by the series II but sure the EVH amps are win all day long. Nothing wrong with the metal tone of Blackstar HT's to me...
     

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