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Suggestion for first Blackstar amp

Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:24 pm
by Jakek5150
Hello everybody, this is my first post on pretty much any guitar/amp forum. I'm also looking into buying my first half-stack. After a lot of researching, and a bit of testing out in person, I've narrowed down my choices to a Venue Series HT Studio 20h, a HT Stage HT-60, and a Stage HT-100. I know the 60watt is a combo, but it seems like a rather good balance if the 20 is too little and the 100 is too much. I was just wondering if I could get any opinions on these amps. I plan on starting to play live within the next year, my main guitar will be a Charvel SoCal, and I play mostly classic hard rock like Van Halen, Guns n' Roses, Led Zep, Ozzy/Sabbath...and then blues like SRV, Jeff Beck, and Hendrix. Any opinions will be greatly appreciated.....If you'd also like to suggest a good cabinet, please feel free. Right now I'm thinking of getting an Avatar G212 with V30s in them.

Re: Suggestion for first Blackstar amp

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:43 am
by estano
I have the HT60 and play similar music.this is a great amp for your needs. Although its a combo out plays like your halfstack.

Re: Suggestion for first Blackstar amp

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:11 am
by KKND
If you planning to play live, then yes the Stage 60 or the 100. They are both typical but with different power sections. The 40 watts difference wont make so much difference in volume. But the 4 EL34s in the 100 make it more bass deep and responsive at high volumes. I have the 60, still experimenting with tubes. I ordered two WGS Veteran 30, since i dint like the stock speakers much....

Blackstars are great man...

welcome to the forum(s) :D

KKND

Re: Suggestion for first Blackstar amp

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:18 pm
by Jakek5150
Thanks for the advice. The 60 is sounding much better now.

Re: Suggestion for first Blackstar amp

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:55 pm
by apw100
I have the HT-60 Stage and its a great amp... once you switch out the pre-amp tubes and speakers. The stock speakers and tubes leave a lot to be desired.
The WGS Veteran 30's are clones of the Celestion Vintage 30 that are used in high-end Marshall/Mesa cabinets but have improved tonal response and cost half as much. So for $160, you can get two Veteran 30's and new pre-amp tubes and you will be all set. You could probably sell the stock Celestion Seventy-80 speakers on Craigslist/ebay for about $80 for the pair.