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Old 02-06-2011, 11:39 AM
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Does anyone here use one? I need an amp that works well at low volumes, without sounding tacky or cheap. Recommendations?
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:26 PM
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I use a Blackstar HT40, and can get great low volume sounds from it.
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I demoed the HT-100 head a LOT and really really liked it. I only went with the Marshall TSL because I got a good deal on it, and I felt like the three channels were more seperated. The Blackstar's channel 2 and 3 were very similar gain wise and I didn't like the crunch sounds, but the Marshall's crunch channel rules, though it has a lot less gain and I need a boost on the lead channel sometimes whereas the blackstar can do it all on its own.

I've also heard tones of good things about the series one, and a new 50w model is out for cheaper and still has the DPR thing, where you can turn it down to 5 watts. Pretty awesome.

Also, the Mesa Royal Atlantic is coming out, which is 100 watts too but has a built in attenuator on the back assignable to any channel.

Can't go wrong with any of these, I just happened to pick the cheapest possible option.
Oh, you might be better off with a combo. Sorry I just love heads and I have the cab sitting around anyway. I'd go for the blackstar HT-60 2x12 combo, because it has the same 3-channels as the HT-100 head, the HT60 1x12 and HT40 and below are 2-channel amps. That probably doesn't matter to most people, but I really love having three channels.
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I went for a Marshall MA50C in the end. Its £200 cheaper and just sounds better.
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Glad you found something you liked dude! I kept meaning to test the MA50 and MA100's but I ran into that TSL and it was cheaper than a new MA. Maybe I'll have to go test out an MA now haha.. though I'd just be torturing myself then.
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The HT-1R sounds like the bad boy for you. They crank to a reasonable volume but sound great at low levels and have a pretty tiny footprint. I think theyre a little over priced though.
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That's pretty much what a solid state amp is - the same sound at any volume. Solid state distortion tends not to be very good sounding, so your choice of amp is not as important as your choice of pedal.
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That's pretty much what a solid state amp is - the same sound at any volume. Solid state distortion tends not to be very good sounding, so your choice of amp is not as important as your choice of pedal.
Amp is ALWAYS more important than pedal

and you obviously haven't heard many solid state amps made since about 1995 lol

Solid state amps can sound awesome, just have to use the right one, and of course, good eq choices never hurt
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I had a killer Randall T2 hybrid head [MOSFET POwer Amp Section, tube preamps] and boy, did it kick some major butt!! the emulated out [as I discovered on a demo recording section] sounded killer, wished I had done that when cutting my leads, LOL!!!

Other than that, i'm a Blackstar dude, love my HT20 and HT40
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