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I've been wanting a low watt all tube amp for a long time. Stumbled across a Blackstar HT-5R for $275 on the 'bay (which is a little more than half of street cost of new) so pulled the trigger. While I've never heard or played one they get a ton of great reviews online. It's a 5 watt unit, all tube (no modeling) complete w/ FX loop, emulated out, ext cab out, and reverbWanted low power so can drive power tube into OD at lower volumes. I like the sound of power tube distortion better that just a ton of gain, at least for some stuff. (think AC/DC, that's more of a power tube OD sound that high gain, at least to my ears)I've been playing a Roland Cube 30 for years. It was fine to learn with, but I hated the OD sounds and the FX level could not be adjusted. Plus it just sounded 'digital' as it's a modeling amp. Modeling has come a long way but this thing is at least 8 years old. And since I've recently been asked to join a band, decided it was time to upgradeAnyway, can post some thoughts on sound when it arrives if anyone cares.
I think 5-20 watts is all you need for anything inc live, if you have a PA.
Yeah, I'd like to hear your thoughts.I have a Marshall 100W half stack collecting dust as it's just way too loud for my neighborhood.Maybe when I retire I can get a place with some space to make some racket in.
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