General Discussion Forum - Voice The Sound In Your Head
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Hi everybody, i am new to Blackstar amps and this forum. I recently tried out a Blackstar HT-5R valve amp in one of the guitar shops in Denmark St. London and was very impressed with it, so much that i bought a secondhand model from Ebay just days later, again still impressed with it but when using the overdrive channel i find myself having the gain set to 2 and the volume set to just a shade past 0 seems a shame cos i am not really pushing the valves very much, I still get a decent sound but was wondering if there was anything that can be done to keep the overall volume down whilst still driving the amp a bit harder, the thing i do remember about the HT-5R in the shop was it had one more button than mine which reduced the output to 1/2 watt which i realise now would have been very usefull indeed. Never thought a 5 watt amp would be this loud. I did try replacing one of the valves with a JJ 5751 lower gain valve but did not notice much difference to be honest, would a speaker change make much difference...and if so which one ? would the Celestion 12" Vintage 30 be a good replacement if i were to change it out. thanks in anticipation.......
Speaking of loudness for inside use, would it be appropriate for a basement that'd be more or less adapted for musical use? It's too much for a bedroom, but if I were to get one of these houses in Greece for the holidays and play the guitar there with my wife (she plays the drums), would the HT-5R be a good choice?
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