I checked out both of these amps yesterday. The Egnater and Blackstar amps are nice products. I was impressed with the tones and apparent build quality. However, I am just a bit put-off by the fact that these are basically Guitar Center products. From what I can see they are both amps that are designed by skilled amp techs, but built in overseas factories for widespread sale at Guitar Center stores here in the U.S. BTW, the salesman at Guitar Center actually proclaimed that "Guitar Center owns Egnater".. but I do not think that this is actually true...but they certainly seem to own the Egnater Tourmaster 4100 amp line. Not sure about Blackstar. I imagine that these amps may have other distribution and availability internationally, so they may be just be Guitar Center "exclusives" here in the U.S. If you go to the Youtube video of Bruce Egnater giving a demo and description of the Egnater, he says that these are available at Guitar Center...no mention of any other distribution. I am OK with the overseas sourcing, but I am not feeling overjoyed by the market control of Guitar Center. I know that I should not hold a grudge over this, but there is something about this that bothers me just a little. I am probably being foolish and short sighted, since this is bringing nice amps to a broader group of people, but it just doesn't feel right. That said, I am still very impressed with the Egnater, and could consider owning one...so I am a bit of a hypocrite to bring this up.