Blackstar HT Club 40-OK at lower volume?

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  1. GS1

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    I realize that the Blackstar HT Club 40 probably isn't ideal for home use, but I have a line on one for a great price, and it seems like a great amp. I wouldn't be gigging anytime soon. Is it still usable at lower volumes, or should I just look elsewhere?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ClassicLP

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    Yes, it has a good master volume and sounds fine on low levels. You will never go above 2 for home play. The amp has very nice sounds. My only recommendation is to put in a vintage 30 speaker, but that is a taste issue. Enjoy it!
     
  3. GCDEF

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    Not your best choice, and they don't sound very good.
     
  4. GS1

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    Anything else you recommend in the price range? Most of the reviews that I have seen have been extremely positive.
     
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    If it's just for home use, I'd go with a modeler. If you really want a tube amp, the Peavey Valve King II
     
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    I had both the BS HT40 and VKII 50 at home and I play mostly at low volumes.

    To my ears I much preferred the OD/Dist sounds of the BS over the VKII. The VK sounded harsh and grainy. It smoothed out once pushed however.

    Both amps have really nice cleans so that's a tie.

    As for modelers, that's definitely an option especially the Blackstar ID series. Lots of great tones in there.
     
  7. GS1

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    I actually have an ID30, and I love it! That's what got me to thinking about one of their tube amps.
     
  8. GCDEF

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    I don't know about the 50. The 20 is made for low volume playing.
     
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    That's down to personal taste. Some people really like Blackstar's.
     
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    Ah, could be. I've not played the 20.
     
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    I also have an ID260. To be honest, I can't tell much difference between the HT and ID amps at low to moderate volumes. Pushed beyond that however I found the HT to sound a bit fuller.
     
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    i own the ht 20 and ht 40

    the cleans are good at any volume but my ears can't stand the od channel at any volume.

    if it helps, the od channel sounds terrible (to my ears) at low or high volume :)

    if you like the od channel, the master volume works well.

    on the other hand, my 6505+ 112 sounds great at bedroom levels as does my bugera 6262-212
     
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    As a HT20 user I wish I went for the club40 ..that extra wattage comes in handy at a gig. The 20 is loud enough unmic'd with a respectable level playing band in a bar though.
    Great sounding hard rock amps ,distortion channel is voiced on the dark/thick side not the "Karang! " associated with more 'open' gained amps..that maybe why some people dont bond with it but to say these amps sound horrible I totally dont agree with at all.
     
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    Blackstars sound good at lower volumes.
     
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    When i had the HT20, I also wished I had gotten the HT40, mainly for the extra distortion voicing that was more to my preference (tighter), while the HT-20 only had the more classic rounder sounding voicing.
     
  16. ClassicLP

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    True. The 20 is more of a classic sounding drive.
     
  17. ClassicLP

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    On tgp, tell us about your gear in spite of the question. Lol
     
  18. ClassicLP

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    He has an agenda. Take it with a pinch of salt, blackstars are well loved.
     
  19. GCDEF

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    I don't understand your point. My main amp is an Egnater Tourmaster. The OP asked for alternative suggestions to the Blackstar for home use. We really don't need to knock heads each time either of these amps is mentioned.
     
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    I could never stand how bassy it was. Especially the clean channel.

    Weird thing about that amp: it sounded best with a Celestion 70/80 (which normally sounds bad in most amps) and sounded really bad with many standard go-to speakers.
     

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