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by KelvinS1965
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Blackstar Amps
Topic: Cranked vs Pre amp distortion HT5
Replies: 2
Views: 3555

Re: Cranked vs Pre amp distortion HT5

Yes, the clean channel is a bit disappointing on the newer models (I bought mine earlier this year). However, if you change the 12AX7 for a lower gain valve such as 12AU7 or 12AT7 (can't remember which I settled on in the end :oops: ) you then have much more control over the gain on the dirty channe...
by KelvinS1965
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Blackstar Amps
Topic: the negative stories
Replies: 8
Views: 5865

Re: the negative stories

In my line of work it isn't that something breaks down as it is inevitable eventually (the systems last 10 years plus and are generally worked very hard), however most customers comment that it's how well we deal with their breakdowns. I've even had customers who have had a run of various different ...
by KelvinS1965
Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Blackstar Amps
Topic: Blackstar? Beware!
Replies: 8
Views: 7148

Re: Blackstar? Beware!

Unfortunately since buying my little HT5-R I've read a few stories like yours...I hope that they are the minority since the web tends to concentrate problems (not so many people post to say 'my amp is still working fine after X years). I would hope that someone at Blackstar (I'll avoid using your ac...
by KelvinS1965
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: HT-5
Topic: Blackstar HT-5 Tube Swap
Replies: 146
Views: 236586

Re: Blackstar HT-5 Tube Swap

I put the 12AY7 in it tonight (mu 45 verses 100 for the original). It's given real control over the gain on the dirty channel, now goes completely clean at the low end adding small amounts of dirt until about 12-1 o'clock where it starts to really saturate. Along with a 4 way switch mod on my Teleca...
by KelvinS1965
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: HT-5
Topic: Blackstar HT-5 Tube Swap
Replies: 146
Views: 236586

Re: Blackstar HT-5 Tube Swap

Yes, the 12AY7 is next...Not very rock n roll but I trapped a nerve in my back last week so I'm a bit limited about lifting the amp or even getting down on the floor to open it up again. On the mend a bit now, so it's my next job I think. I was advised on another forum that the 12AT7 takes more curr...
by KelvinS1965
Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: HT-5
Topic: Blackstar HT-5 Tube Swap
Replies: 146
Views: 236586

Re: Blackstar HT-5 Tube Swap

I received my spare valves this morning; I'd ordered a 12AT7 and a 12AY7 from Voc-Rock on eBay. I put the 12AT7 in which has a mu of 60 compared to the standard 12AX7 (mu 100) and supposedly a higher bandwidth from the data sheets I've found. In short it's a revelation for me: That abrupt jump from ...
by KelvinS1965
Tue May 20, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Show us your Blackstar set-up
Topic: Show Us Your Axes
Replies: 191
Views: 213437

Re: Show Us Your Axes

peterg2004 wrote:Here are some of mine...
Nice selection there. 8-)

I think you've got most bases covered there; room for a 335 type guitar I suppose, but that's the selection I'm aiming for myself. Currently have the Strat, LP and Tele options covered...SG or 335 type next I think.
by KelvinS1965
Sat May 10, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: HT-5
Topic: HT5RW Combo
Replies: 3
Views: 5513

Re: HT5RW Combo

Hi Andy, I'm using the same white HTR5 white amp myself for band rehearsal. The place we go to provides two Lany half stacks, a bass amp and a small PA. I expected to have to plug into the PA, but like you I found that at the levels we rehearse at it's loud enough in both clean and dirty channels. I...
by KelvinS1965
Tue May 06, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Introduce yourself to the Blackstar crew
Topic: White HT-5R owner
Replies: 1
Views: 3452

White HT-5R owner

I just bought my little HT-5R last week as I wanted a small all valve amp with a great sound for living room and rehearsal use. Added bonus is that it fits in the boot of my 'weekend car' (a little BMW Z3) so I get to combine two hobbies by driving to rehearsal in the Z3 with the Blackstar in the bo...