Blackstar HT-5 5W Valve Combo 110
This is one of the earlier HT-5C (non reverb) amps that has a 10-inch speaker. Has an effect loop that I use with a digital reverb and delay pedals. The clean sounds are great for a small amp and the amp can get quite gritty when pushed. The newer combos have a slightly different circuit and a 12-inch speaker. Blackstar also offers this with a digital reverb. They are also available as a stack.


  • Innovative 5 Watt valve combo
  • 1xECC83 and 1x12BH7 valves
  • Unique push pull power amp design
  • Award winning HT Pedal preamp
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • 10″ custom designed speaker
  • Enhanced tone controls
  • Patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Fully equipped for studio or practice
  • Speaker emulated output with 1×12 or 4×12 voicing
  • Effects loop with effects level switch
  • Footswitch included
  • Cool vintage styling

Introduced in late 2008 and was designed in the UK by Blackstar, a company started by ex-Marshall engineers and manufactured in korea. It is a very feature rich amp for the price and wattage. It is all valve (5 watts), a 12xA7 in the preamp and a curious 12bh7 dual triode valve in the power section that operates in a push pull configuration whatever that means, packing 2 channels (Clean & Overdrive), black tolex covering, rear mounted gnarled chrome knobs, semi open backed cabinet, a 10 inch celestion speaker, shared EQ, standby Switch, FX loop that is switchable to suit either stompboxes or rack mounted effects, footswitch input, 8&16 ohm extension speaker output, emulated headphone line out with a 4X12 or 1X12 voicing Switch and of course the much vaunted ISF (Infinate shape feature) control. This comes in the form of a knob that when turned clockwise gives a amp a more british character (woody and dark) in the style of a Marshall and when turned counter clockwise gives the amp a a more american character (more bright and cutting with a mid cut) in the style of a Fender or Mesa Boogie. The amp also comes with a footswitch supplied.

This amp at only 5 watts can be quite loud in a house. I generally use this amp with a Weber Attenuator at home. The amp is big enough for rehearsals and gigs. With a loud drummer and it will probably need miking. Anyway pretty versatile, small and light.