BlackStar HT Club 40

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  1. DFLCC

    DFLCC Well-Known Member

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    Anyone had any experience with the BlackStar HT Club 40. I am intrigued as it seems to promise a heavily saturated channel for Metal but has a very clean Chanel. Seems to me that cover a very wide range of tone and styles. Does it deliver?

    The used market has it very affordable.

    Your opinion is welcome.
     
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    I picked one up for just over $300. I do like the "fender-ish" cleans but I don't play anything in the heavy metal range. IMHO, the master volume is a huge bonus, because it lets me get the OD I like at lower volumes. I've put tungsol el34b power tubes in and biased it on the cool side. Nice tight, powerful gain. For the money, I have no complaints. It scores 0 points with the cork sniffing, boutique amp crowd but I'm totally okay with not being asked to join that club.

    Just saw it appears you have a DSL40c, so do I. Until I biased the DSL a bit cooler and put a V30 in it, I was playing the HT40 more. I wound up getting a Fryette PS-2 to be able to hear a cranked DSL at non-deafening levels. I'm playing that now but I may fire up the HT40 for grins just to hear again how it compares.
     
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    http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/vintage-does-not-mean-it-is-vintage.33152/

    Yep I got a DSL40C with a Vintage 30.

    Which one you like better? Which one would you say covers a wider range of gain.
     
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    The hottest PUP I have is a 498T in a LP Studio. I ran both amps last night but didn't disconnect the Theile cab from the DSL40. I'll hold my thoughts until I can test. FWIW, The HT40 does put out some nice thunka-thunka at max gain on the lead 2 channel but my comparison is out the window because I left the Theile connected. This is the current setup:
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    The HT40 has tighter, grittier, more defined OD than the DSL with both on Ch 2, max gain , EQ at 12 noon, presence and resonance off and under 100db master volume. Not sure I could EQ or alter bias to get the DSL to be tighter...

    As always, YMMV because there are wicked-strange electrons here at my house...
     
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    Anyone tried the HT40 MKII, and how does it compare with the original? Clean channel now has bass & treble instead of just tone, and it has a power attenuator, for 40w or 4 w operation.
     
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    Now I am aware of this new version of the HT 40. I really would like to try one. The added futures are enough to me to star looking in that direction. (Tweakability Redirection).

    Thanks for point it out ICW.
     

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