I've heard nothing but good things about Nik and his amps. Sometime soon I'm grabbing a Superlead 1987 from Nik and having it modded by Dave Friedman to the Marsha specs with the addition of a Metro Zero Loss F/X Loop.
Musta been 7th Son era then so sue me!! I actually got curious and did a search and found that Dave is using Marshall JVM heads now. Adrian still uses his Marshall 6100LM's and some modeling stuff. Gers uses a 5150.
I've tried Ruby 12ax7-CA5, 9th Gen Chinese, NOS Mullard, NOS Tesla, JJ Tesla ECC83S, Tung Sol 12ax7, New Sensor Mullard re-issues and NOS Telefunken and my favorite of the bunch was the NOS Mullard. Of the current production tubes the Chinese 9th Gen and New Sensor Mullards both sounded great in...
I've had mine for about 2 months and I love it. Just be sure you switch out the 12ax7 for anything that doesn't say "sovtek" on it and you're golden. I run the head version through my old Diezel 1x12 and it's rawk. :RoCkIn
I thought it sounded pretty cool. I love my HT-5 and although I'm not sure if I need 200watts of face melting power, that's got some killer tones in it. Blackstar is a company to keep an eye on because they're producing quality(dare I say "boutique"!?)sounding products at very good price points...
Some people just get off by dragging other people down. It sucks but it's reality, especially when it comes to the internet and message boards because anonymity makes some people braver than they might be in person(and meaner). Personally, I can't wait to hear the new amp and I'm a big fan of...
I've had mine for about 6 weeks now and I love this amp. It sounds great at low volumes and is perfect for recording or practice. It's the ultimate apartment amp for me and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes good rock and metal tones. You cannot beat the price either.
Check out a Blackstar HT-5 head. I see you have an Einstein and if you like higher gain stuff, the Blackstar is elite at lower volumes and still gives tube tone. It has a decent clean channel too and you can't beat the price($299).
+1. I have a couple that I got from the Tube Store a few years ago and they have no markings on them. They sound much better than the newer Ruby 12ax7AC5-HGs I recently got. The two without markings are my favorites of the newer production tubes I've tried.
I've read a few times on here that V1 accounts for about 70% of the overall amp tone. I've found that to be mostly true when I've swapped preamp tubes. I'm sure there are other folks around here who know much more than I do but that's been my experience.