New Blackheart, 15 watts this time!

trumpus

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And another...



The tiny-yet-menacing follow-up to Blackheart Engineering's Little Giant 5, the BH1H "Killer Ant" ($139.99 estimated street price) is the first truly attainable, boutique-quality, fractional tube amp. Boasting Class A, single-ended circuitry, this lil' bugger delivers the tasty, touch-responsive tube tone of a classic monster, but growls at volumes more suitable for apartment dwellers and home studio recording.

The Killer Ant embraces a fully classic, all-tube circuit; but, instead of a high power tube output section, it sports a clever, all-tube power block pumping out a mere fraction of one watt. The result is a Bic-flickin' arena rock tone at a bedroom level, so no more pissed off neighbors, bitchy wives or girlfriends, or cryin' babies that have just been scared awake by your beast.
Designed to mate with the Killer Ant (it's not really as disgusting as that sounds), Blackheart's new slightly-larger-than-palm-sized BH110 "Killer Cab" ($139.99 street price) features a single 10-inch Eminence driver co-designed by Pyotr Belov that is perfectly paired to pull huge body out of the amplifier. Four-, eight- and 16-ohm extension speaker jacks further allow guitarists to hook the Ant into virtually any cab they like, including a 4X12.
 

rockon1

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:jo I just noticed these are made by Crate :messedup

Im tired of the "Crate hate". My V32 while maybe not the best built amp is a great sounding one. I couldnt ask for more in a 30 watt tube amp that cost less than 500$ Bob
 

ruger9

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I wonder if the Killer Ant has any headroom at all?

Very very interesting... Ever since I read about the DIY "firefly" amp (ax84), and also the Little Lanilei, I've been waiting for the big makers to jump on the "bedroom bandwagon", with fractional-watt amps. But few have. Very very interesting...
 

Relicula

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I picked up a 1-12 combo about two months ago. And while the honeymoon period is still in effect, there is nothing but good things for me to say about this amp.

I run it with a 4-12 speaker cab, and sometimes two. The stock speaker sounds just fine, for a pick up and go amp as well.

This amp reminds me of a maxed out plexi, at just the right volume. Not earth shattering, but still loud. Wether its loud enough for a band or live setting is up to you.

The note seperation is magnificent, the clean sounds are very good, and overdriven with the volume at 7 and beyond is pure old school Marshall to me. The build quality of mine is outstanding, especially at this price point. Regardless of the slam that Crate can get at times, this amp has nothing that reminds me of an inferior product.

When I got it, I immediately removed the tubes, which are always the weakest point in mass produced amps, replacing them with an old Mullard el84, and a JJ pre amp tube. This minor change made a significant difference, but the stock tubes did not suck. Just my preference to change because I had a single el 84 hanging around. This made it very much old school sounding to me, and was a change that I would make if I bought one. The bitch I had was changing the tubes meant removing 11 screws off the back panel, and accessing the chassis, but really only about ten minutes with a screw gun.

Playing with just a fulldrive 2, and a delay pedal, it nailed so many good tones that you end up playing for a lot longer, not an uncommon situation when you find a decent tone, but this thing really delivered for me.

Having a slew of vintage Marshalls, and cabs, I had a reference point to make my analogy. No, I'm not bailing out on the Marshall thang, but for 250 bucks, I have not seen another amp that makes me feel the way this one does.

Is it for everybody? No, probably not, but it is priced about the same as a good pedal, and it just flat out rocks!
 

tonefreak

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Im tired of the "Crate hate". My V32 while maybe not the best built amp is a great sounding one. I couldnt ask for more in a 30 watt tube amp that cost less than 500$ Bob
Those who judge this amp based on the manufacturer will be the ones losing out. Belov builds great amps... a few people who actually own or heard a Belov creation know this.

The fact that Belov works for Crate is great... he can concentrate on design while Crate makes them.
 

SoCalSteve

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Well, the 5 watter sure got a glowing review in the new Guitar World.

To quote "Frankly, I don't know how they do it, but "affordable boutique" is finally here."
 

Relicula

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I'm not set up to post clips, in fact I dont own any recording gear at all sad to say.

My opinion is based on about the last 60 days or so, playing it over and over. Take into consideration that this is MY take on it. Contrarian views will surface so take it all with a grain of salt.
 

Electric I

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I'll be getting the 15W combo regardless. The fact that it's made/distributed by crate means nothing to me.
 

michaelscott

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I wonder if the Killer Ant has any headroom at all?

Very very interesting... Ever since I read about the DIY "firefly" amp (ax84), and also the Little Lanilei, I've been waiting for the big makers to jump on the "bedroom bandwagon", with fractional-watt amps. But few have. Very very interesting...
i was wondering the same thing... in light of this, anybody have anything to share on headroom in the 5w? say, maybe in comparison for a valve jr?

just curious b/c many ive read about like the valve junior, they just wish for eq and all, but i wonder if thats effected the gain staging- less headroom, more headroom, exact same amp + eq?

either way, i really like the 15w idea... i was really hoping epi might make their 15w in a head, not just a combo, something that had just a tad more volume/headroom...

i think that article said these come out in april...
 

Robert1950

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This certainly knocks the Orange Tiny Terror of the list as far a price goes. (Think EL84, 15/7 watt switch) Has more in the EQ department ( that, of course, may be a good or bad thing )
 

Hoodster

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"Rear panel speaker outputs can accommodate 1x16-ohm, 2x8-ohm and 2x4-ohm setups."

Does this mean you won't be able to use a single 8 ohm speaker cab with this head? That would suck.
 

macmax77

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i've heard a couple of clips and the thing sounds better than many clips i've heard in some places, of course the guy playing could really play.
 

macmax77

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so maybe he would have sounded good thru another amp, but as i said, it sounded very good
 




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