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Blackstar HT-5RH or HT-1RH advice needed

IRG

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I'm looking for a small second amp to add to (or on its own) a Fender Humboldt Hotrod (15w) v2.

I'm using this for home/studio application only. Main music room is small (and currently under construction), about 13' x 9'. So low watt tube amp is a must. I have a Fender Mustang III as well, but I don't want another digital/solid state amp.

So the Blackstar HT-5RH and the 1 watt HT-1RH heads seem really cool, and get fairly good reviews. I like the HT-5 for the effects loop and EQ section, is it worth it over the HT-1? I can't recall if the HT-5 has a headphone out, the HT-1 does, and I would use that some as well.

Lastly, I'd probably go with a Blackstar cabinet too, maybe the 4x8 cab with the 1 watter, or the 1X12 with the 5 watter. Or something else? Budget is about $600ish.

Guitars used will be Les Pauls, a Tele, a Strat and a Jazzmaster, but likely the Les Pauls, for harder rock tones, old school metal. I can't think of any other amp that competes here with these same specs/price. Or am I missing something? Thanks.
 

DaveKS

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Ht-5rh, more clean headroom, in my listening.

Cabs, roll your own, Avatar 1x12 or 1x10 empty, pick your own speaker. Vertical 2x12/10 woul be my choice.

In studio would assume you already have a headphone monitoring solution via DAW so not a consideration to me.


I'm looking for a small second amp to add to (or on its own) a Fender Humboldt Hotrod (15w) v2.

I'm using this for home/studio application only. Main music room is small (and currently under construction), about 13' x 9'. So low watt tube amp is a must. I have a Fender Mustang III as well, but I don't want another digital/solid state amp.

So the Blackstar HT-5RH and the 1 watt HT-1RH heads seem really cool, and get fairly good reviews. I like the HT-5 for the effects loop and EQ section, is it worth it over the HT-1? I can't recall if the HT-5 has a headphone out, the HT-1 does, and I would use that some as well.

Lastly, I'd probably go with a Blackstar cabinet too, maybe the 4x8 cab with the 1 watter, or the 1X12 with the 5 watter. Or something else? Budget is about $600ish.

Guitars used will be Les Pauls, a Tele, a Strat and a Jazzmaster, but likely the Les Pauls, for harder rock tones, old school metal. I can't think of any other amp that competes here with these same specs/price. Or am I missing something? Thanks.
 

IRG

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How much does an Avatar cab cost these days? Could be a possibility. No recording gear yet, that's coming later this year hopefully.

I see the basic Avatar cab is $279 + $45 for shipping.

The Egnater 1x12 cab seems like a pretty good one too for $249 (and likely free shipping).
 

evildik

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You can also scour your local CL for a used cab of some kind. I think I saw a used Avatar 2 x 12 loaded with a mixed Eminence pair (Wizard & Governor) for $245 recently in my area. I have one of the 1X12 Blackstar cabs & couldn't get rid of the stock Blackbird speaker quickly enough.
 

IRG

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You can also scour your local CL for a used cab of some kind. I think I saw a used Avatar 2 x 12 loaded with a mixed Eminence pair (Wizard & Governor) for $245 recently in my area. I have one of the 1X12 Blackstar cabs & couldn't get rid of the stock Blackbird speaker quickly enough.
Good to know. I'll have to spend some time looking into a good cab to match with the HT-5 if I go this route. My local CL is full of weird crap, some good stuff (like my Fender RW Tele I'm trying to sell, lol), but most of the stuff is overpriced, and not very high quality. Guess I have to look at it every day though.

Edit, there is a Blackstar 1x12 with a Celestion in it as well, part of the Venue series. Good reviews on SW.
 
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