Katana Mini vs Blackstar FLY 3 for night playing?

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  1. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Friend of Leo's

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    Living in a 10 level building , i love to play at nights but katana 100 is too loud for it after midnight. I do not like headphones.

    Which ones would be better? Mini or Fly 3?
    Cost around 100 $
     
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    What about one of those Vox plug and play things. It runs on 9 volt battery and is like a super tiny speaker on a jack. You can get different tone ones like clean, lead, gain, they are pretty cool. Around $25 i think.
     
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    I adore my little Fly3..Good for cleans or supercreamy blues porn ala Gary Moore,add a country twang into the mix .Not so good for jazz.I know I can play stuff on it and get a idea of my tone at my local Blues jam sessions where they use Blackstars.its that good .It just depends what you play .Its probably good for other things but thats mainly what I play .
     
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    A Fly 3 will surprise you, it's a great wee little thing!
     
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    Fly 3 is awesome.
     
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    Over the last few years I have heard a lot of good things about the Fly from a lot of happy people .
     
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    I love my Fly. The extension cab is a great addition. Makes a nice little stereo rig for music when not playing through it.
     
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    So many great opinions about fly 3. What about vs katana mini?
     
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    Another very satisfied owner of the Fly 3 stereo pack, so not much use on the vs thing. I did find this :-

    http://musicgearzone.com/blackstar-fly-3-vs-boss-katana-mini-which-is-the-best-mini-amp-under-100/

    A good thing about the Fly 3 stereo pack to consider is using them as additional speakers for your computer/TV or 'phone if you're that way inclined. They sit either side of the monitor, rather than in front and give a good sound for playing along to Youtube backing tracks ( which can be fun ) and act as a really rather good set of computer speakers. If you have a modern, flat screen TV with the accompanying awful sound, hook the Fly 3 up and enjoy decent TV sound too.

    Being able to separate the speakers gives good stereo, and subtle use of the delay has to be heard to be believed. There's a whole raft of reasons Fly 3 owners are so complimentary about them. Go haunt Youtube for an hour and see which you prefer, and consider the alternative uses as auxiliary speakers too.

    Wow, that reads as level 10 fanboi.
     
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    My Katana 50 volume goes lower than my Micro Cube, I can't hear it over the strings on my guitar, by which time I may as well just play unplugged.
     
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    The guy says only clean tones on the Fly .This is nonsense.it has an gain button that kicks in some great tones
     
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    My Katana 50 is switchable: 50=25 and 1.5 Watts. Surely your Katana is switchable and then turn it down. I Even use my Katana 50 and a '65 Blackface PRRI at low levels and I live in a Retirement Village. As long as I don't play really late nobody minds. Try your Katana at a low level.
     
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    I have had both and Katana mini has better tones in all channels to my ears. Fly 3 clean is good but distortion was too tubby and not distinct. Even with the extension I still recommend Katana mini over fly.
     
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    I tried the Fly 3 in a shop and was unimpressed.

    It sounded like this video.

    I also tried the Orange (not the new version with the cab out jack) and was pretty familiar with the Marshall, lots of people have them. I have another small plastic amp, and have had several others.

    They all sound pretty much the same with the distortion maxxed, lots of crackling.

    The Fly might be good with a distortion pedal as it sounds o.k. clean (but so did the Orange), however I didn't try that so I'm not sure.
     
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    I think Balckstar sounded by far the best here
     
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    For $100 each, why not get both? The Blackstar excels at Blues type tones, either with the clean gain turned way up, or with the lead channel with the gain at noon or below. The Katana might be better for higher gain sounds on its brown channel. But, I would recommend the new Fender Mustang LT25 over both of them, and its only $150.

    It's the best sounding amp for low volume playing that I've ever had, including the Fly, the Katana 50, and the Mustang GT40. I also have the Champion 20, which also sounds great at low volume, and it's $100. I like it as much as the LT25, they're just a little different. The Champion is all manual, no presets, so is less versatile, but easier to adjust, and sounds a little more midrangey on the Blackface settings, with the LT25 being a bit brighter and more mid scooped on its Blackface settings. The Tweed, Vox, and Marshall sounds on the LT25 are better than on the Champion 20. The LT25 sounds great on the clean channels with its built in overdrives (my favorites are the Tube screamer and Klon), and they both also sound great with an actual overdrive pedal between the guitar and amp.
     
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    The Fly 3 is a fun toy, but for nighttime "don't wake the kids" playing I use my Blackstar ID Core 10. Yes it has bigger speakers and more power, but I can dial in a decent tone at really low volume with it, whereas the Fly always sounds like a toy at any volume. A fun toy, for sure, but the ID Core sounds like a real amp.
     
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    I have a fly 3 and am not impressed at all. I don't get the love for it - it's a battery powered fizz box. The right answer is to stretch your budget and get a used Yamaha THR10C.
    THAT is a good sounding quiet practice amp.
     
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    I couldn't get anything out of my Fly 3 that didn't sound like a can of bees, quickly sold. It sounded nothing like the online demos. I think you're better off going with a 'normal' sized 8 or 10" speaker with a master and a pedal.
     
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