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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 3:11 pm 
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So I finally got rid of the POD HD500, too many artifacts to create decent tone, a never ending learning curve and, I guess, I'm getting old and am not very patient.

First impressions of the Blackstar (arrived one hour ago) are more than positive: build quality is very good, the clean channel is fairly decent until you reach neighbour unfriendly volume levels, and the overdrive channel appears to be fantastic, not the ultimate modern metal amp, but more gain than I'll need for sure. I'll keep posting as long as I play with it!


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 4:25 pm 
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5 watts are cool,i nearly got one of these a few weeks back & probably would have if I did not find the lionheart 5 watter,i played my mates blackstar & thought it was pretty good, enjoy [smilie=headbang.gif]

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:41 am 
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That Lionheart was among my options but finally decided to purchase this one because of ... mainly the price [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]

The clean channel can get very loud and the overdrive one even more, I don't know it the volume is enough to play "against" a drummer or getting to that level would lead the speaker and the cab to rattle, but for playing in small clubs that feature electronic drums, more than enough.

Keep on tasting the OD [smilie=headbang.gif]

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Guitars: Jackson USA SL2H Trans Green w/ Dimarzio Tone Zone, Liquid Fire, Fender Telecaster American Standard Sunburst w/ BareKnuckle Blackguard Flat 50s, Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II Midnight Ebony w/ SD SH1 and SH5, LTD H-1007, Partscaster (Hacend-Axe) w/ Dimarzio Air Zone, Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues and Air Norton S, Ibanez AEG10BK
Amps: Marshall JVM410C: TAD Highgrade Premium Selected V1, TAD Premium Selected V2, TAD Standard V3, EH V4, Blackstar HT-5R, Roland DAC-15D, Marshall MS-2
Effects/Pedals: Dunlop DVP1, Dunlop JH-1 Wah, Budda Wah, EHX Small Clone Chorus, Boss DD-3, MXR Carbon Copy, ISP Decimator G-String, Several Joyo
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:16 pm 
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Nice little beasty!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:32 am 
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I aint tried an ht-5 loud so can't comment on that,but the lionheart will go toe to toe with our drummer & he hits.

if you like gain then the ht-5 will probably appeal more as mines more of a classic voiced amp,but for the price that Blackstar is great [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]

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Vintage v6 icon - Duncan hotrails & irongear texas loco's
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:08 pm 
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So far, I'm more than happy with the purchase. I had been almost six months playing through the POD at home and spending A LOT of time trying to get a nice tone, now it took me two days to find the sweet spot on this one, it's high gain, not enough for the modern metal stuff but a cheap Joyo Vintage Overdrive fixes it completely.

At low volumes (I start practising at 6:30 in the morning!) it performs very well although at mid volume is where I usually feel it more comfortable.

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Guitars: Jackson USA SL2H Trans Green w/ Dimarzio Tone Zone, Liquid Fire, Fender Telecaster American Standard Sunburst w/ BareKnuckle Blackguard Flat 50s, Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II Midnight Ebony w/ SD SH1 and SH5, LTD H-1007, Partscaster (Hacend-Axe) w/ Dimarzio Air Zone, Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues and Air Norton S, Ibanez AEG10BK
Amps: Marshall JVM410C: TAD Highgrade Premium Selected V1, TAD Premium Selected V2, TAD Standard V3, EH V4, Blackstar HT-5R, Roland DAC-15D, Marshall MS-2
Effects/Pedals: Dunlop DVP1, Dunlop JH-1 Wah, Budda Wah, EHX Small Clone Chorus, Boss DD-3, MXR Carbon Copy, ISP Decimator G-String, Several Joyo
Pedalboard: Pedaltrain Pro, CIOKS DC10, G-Lab GSC-3

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