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for the record, since i have no need to be subtle, or circumspect , the Blackstar HT5 , especially in stack format (HT5S) is fecking awesome....... fantastic little thing, with a decent range of tones, loud enough to play with a band, even just about do small gigs, but capable of being quiet enough to be recorded without triggering a tsunami.
low noise even at relatively high gain levels, usable FX loop, footswitchable channels.... fantastic little thing....
yeah, in a live scenario, one could argue it's short on clean headroom, but the response to that complaint is simple, it's only 5 watts, and it's a tube amp.... of COURSE there's less clean headroom ...... if you want something clean and louder, get a bigger amp....
but if you want something that rocks, does smoking blues, has dynamic and usable range, and can be a weapon of shred with the best of them, without busting budgets too badly, then try it out....
great little tool.
Heh! Heh! Just thought: The reason B's don't send anymore out for review is probably because last I heard they can still sell all they can build!
Blackstar have released tghe HT-5R with a few mods (12" against 10" speaker, emulated output etc). What this means is that there seem to be quite a few willing to upgrade and I have seen the old HT5 going on ebay for < £200. Still a great amp.