- Nov 11, 2013
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The EVH 5150 Iconic is also MIC. That's why I don't have one, though I'd really like to have one.Why do you think the EVH Iconic is superior to the Blackstar?
I think they are in the same realm but the Blackstar doesn't seem to have an mdf cab like the Iconic (except the front baffle which is thin plywood at the Iconic).
Tubemeister 40 Deluxe has 3x 12AX7 and the phase inverter is tube driven iirc (but a 4x EL84 power amp).
I know Blackstar is bashed all the time on Marshallforum for using op amps in the signal path.
But I really don't get why then that's not a problem with the EVH Iconic.
Is it just the price difference?
Or because EVH/Fender is a US brand an Blackstar UK (and probably made in China)?
I've seen that a couple of times in forums - but nobody said what happened and told something about his bad experience.
I know that they put some red gunk on the screws, even of the tube retainers because they don't want customers to do anything to the amp, which is somewhat understandable.
But when I asked them if I could change the tubes or even the speakers I got a friendly reply that it wouldn't be a problem unless I don't modify the amp.
And honestly I don't know anyone who likes modding these amps - it's a mix of THT and SMD and if something goes bad it's probably more economical to swap the whole board than figuring out what went wrong (unless it's obvious).
I've only spent a bit of time on the JC22 (And it was 12-15 years ago or so) and I found it decent. Ironically (as far as this thread is concerned) I was also testing one of the Blackstar HT amps- 20 ? 40 watter-? along with it that day. I ended up buy a Zvex Distortron that day along with some other pedals because I preferred it over both ampsI think the Jet City 22H sounds better than the EVH 5150 LBX or Peavey 6505MH amps too.
I've only spent a bit of time on the JC22 (And it was 12-15 years ago or so) and I found it decent. Ironically (as far as this thread is concerned) I was also testing one of the Blackstar HT amps- 20 ? 40 watter-? along with it that day.
not bad, but nothing beats this:
To quote that guy: "Some of the stuff that Blackstar has out will kill this thing" - and he even doesn't like Blackstar amps very much (at least the HT series, the Artisan series is another level).
If you mod the Origin 20 like Headfirst did in the video you've posted - then it's a really good amp!
But that's the question if you could do these mods by yourself or not.
If you bring it to an amp tech, it's debatable if it's better to spend the money elsewhere and buy an amp that sounds good as it is.
But that's up to you.