What's The Consensus(oxymoron) On The Blackstar Ht Stage 60?

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  1. CyFan4036

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    I have a chance to buy one of these at what I think sounds like a steal. What's everyone's experience? Guy is willing to take $250 in mint condition.
     
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    My buddy plays the Ht-60 metal and it is killer for metal. That is all I can attest to and doesn’t answer your question but the upper tier blackstarrs seem to be excellent amps. $250 seems like a steal.
     
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    I play through a similar Blackstar at some of our band rehearsals (can't remember the exact model, but the control layout is very similar although it's a somewhat older model). It's fine if you like a Marshall-esque quality. I have to confess I've never really bonded with any Blackstar I've ever tried - it's nothing I can quite put my finger on but I just don't feel them like I feel a Vox AC30 or an Orange or a Fender Deville or whatever; they always strike me as slightly personality-less.

    That said, you have to trust your own ears, a lot of people do like them, and $250 looks like a hell of a deal, so you could almost certainly get your money back if you decide it's not for you.
     
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    Exactly the same....always good but something for me anyway always missing..just Meh
     
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    I had a jtm45 clone at one point and just LOVED the clean to slightly distorted tones. I'm not into playing metal though. I guess I'll see what I think when I play it. I know the 70/80 speakers aren't Celestians best work so I was thinking those might need to swapped.
     
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    It depends on what you are going to do with it. Although, the Mark II is probably a nicer amp, $250 for a mint 1st gen is a decent price. It going to be a fairly heavy combo, pretty sure stock speakers were 70/80. Pretty much a Marshall sound, pretty loud.
     
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    I like mine, but I never really play it loud. I think the clean channel is very decent and the highest gain section I like a lot, but only in a very narrow band. If I deviate from the small band of EQ I like it sounds muddy to me. Think I read somewhere that is more the British sound.

    For two-fiddy?? Sounds like a crazy lot of amp for small munney/ Even loch ness monster was gonna need about tree-fiddy.
     
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    Agreed that it depends on what you want to do with it. I had a HT club 40 for a while and it was big, heavy and LOUD. 20 more watts and another 12" speaker would only add to both of those categories I think.

    $250 is a good deal but not a flipping price by any means. So if you are looking to blow the doors off a big venue it's probably a good deal, but if you just want something to goof around with at home and then make a few bucks I'd steer clear. You could spend $100 bucks and pick up an ID core and probably get close to the sound in a more usable package for home use.
     
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    Thanks for all the input guys. I'm trying it out tonight so we shall see...
     
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    Really blows my mind that $250 for a mint HT Stage 60 isn't a good enough price to flip. I am not disputing that info as I do not keep up with gear prices new or used. It just blows my mind. I think they were selling for $750 or better when new. I guess I will be keeping mine unless $250 is all that stands between me and starving.
     
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    My logic behind that thinking ( maybe another oxymoron! ) was that it looks like you could likely find one on reverb or other places for around $300-350. Then factor in the selling fees, and shipping if you have to do it ( probably $50-60 right there ) and you are down to about $250. So if you needed an HD-60 it's probably a pretty smokin deal if it's local to you, but the guy is probably asking $250 for a reason - that's about what the market might bear.

    The other factor is that it's a big-ass heavy amp, and a lot of people don't want that anymore these days with the quality/sound you get from SS/modeling amps. Kind of like the other thread just up the page about 4x12 cabs in a lot of ways.
     
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    I just think this dude has more money than maybe common sense...or he just wants to clear space. He lives in a pretty swanky area so I don't think the extra scratch means that much to him.
     
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    You got that right! The cabinet is very big and the weight is not light. One guy could conceivably pick it up but it is some serious lifting
     
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    Bought it! Review to come!
     
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    Yeah baby! If it were near me, it would be very hard to resist! Nice grab!
     
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    Too big and heavy for me....however....at that price I would have bought it anyway if close by. Good luck!
     
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