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messa boogie express 5:50 2X12 combo. 7 50.00%
blackstar HT-5 head w/ carvin legacy 2X12 cab 7 50.00%
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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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will this amp work for home use?

i am considering getting the mesa boogie express 5:50 combo 2X12. i live in a house and i dont have to be that quiet but i dont want to have to blow the roof off to get that good tone from the tubes. wanting input on if this is a good amp for at home and possible jams with friends. also can i get the sounds i need from it as well. styles of music that i play are satch, vai, VH and other 80s rock. will be running a g-major or g-major 2 through it. all advice welcome.
anyone using this amp? pros/cons?
i was also looking into the blackstar HT-5 head with the carvin legacy 2X12 cab but want to make sure im doing the right thing. looking for lots of gain and good tone.
this thread will be my final decission.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

i see a couple of people have voted and thanks. it would be nice if you could share why one over the other etc if you have the time. i appreciate all the help i have recieved from you all here at this great site.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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I didn't vote as I don't know either amp very well, but I would think to get the real tubey good sound you would want to crank it pretty loud!
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I didn't vote as I don't know either amp very well, but I would think to get the real tubey good sound you would want to crank it pretty loud!
well the blackstar HT-5 head is a 5 watt head and the mesa express is a 5 and 50 watt wich is cool. i know the HT-5 has enough gain but not sure about the mesa? and i know the mesa has a great clean chanel and so so much th HT-5.
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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

I've got the HT-5 home now, and it is definitely a great sounding amp at low or high volumes. Save your money and go for the HT-5.
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

I think it depends on whether you are wanting to gig, I'm not sure how loud the HT-5 would be with the cab would probably do pub gigs ok though? The Mesa might be a little more versatile in that sense.
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-15-2009, 09:35 PM
 
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

Have you checked out any other low wattage amps? Suhr Badger 18 or cheaper option Vox NightTrain?
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

It doesnt really matter how powerful an amp is, because almost every tube amp nowadays has a master volume so you dont need to crank it to get any gain. I use a Marshall TSL100 for practice at home (its my only amp so I dont have much choice) but it still sounds good at low volumes. It wont sound as good as if it was cranked, but it still sounds good.
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I've got the HT-5 home now, and it is definitely a great sounding amp at low or high volumes. Save your money and go for the HT-5.
im glad you finally got the amp head. was it for you 30th birthday like you said it might be? can you tell me more about how the amp is working out.
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It doesnt really matter how powerful an amp is, because almost every tube amp nowadays has a master volume so you dont need to crank it to get any gain. I use a Marshall TSL100 for practice at home (its my only amp so I dont have much choice) but it still sounds good at low volumes. It wont sound as good as if it was cranked, but it still sounds good.
thankyou. that info does help.
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Have you checked out any other low wattage amps? Suhr Badger 18 or cheaper option Vox NightTrain?
WOW! i checked out the Suhr Badger 18 head and combo and they look great. just WAY too much money for what im looking to spend. but that does look sweet.
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

I HATE BLACKSTARS!!!!
im sorry, but i hate them!
extremely overpriced and and it sounded like carp >.<
lol
i had to let that out
mesa boogie all the way
or look at the peavey 3120

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I HATE BLACKSTARS!!!!
im sorry, but i hate them!
extremely overpriced and and it sounded like carp >.<
lol
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Extemely overpriced hey? Gee I paid $575AUD for a HT-5 head. Pretty cheap (for Australian prices), and the amp sounds fantastic. Most people agree on how great this amp sounds. Could you at least be a little more constructive in your criticism maybe?
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Extemely overpriced hey? Gee I paid $575AUD for a HT-5 head. Pretty cheap (for Australian prices), and the amp sounds fantastic. Most people agree on how great this amp sounds. Could you at least be a little more constructive in your criticism maybe?
i hate their tone, i dont know
something tehir isnt right
my friend payed 4 grand for a head and it soudned crap, i was really upset for him, but he loved it
whatever floats your boat, im a mesa, legacy and 3120 man myself

id love a randy rhoads head some day though, they good?

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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-16-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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Re: will this amp work for home use?

Why are you upset for him? If he loves the sound of it, then it must be good to him. Doesn't matter what you think, no need to be upset for him.

Everything I've heard from the Blackstar range sounds amazing. Obviously just not your cup of tea I guess.
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