Marshall DSL40 Or a Blackstar HT 40?

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  1. The Angry Possum

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    Im on the verge of getting one of these amps new very shortly, i have been on forums and youtube sites, and i'm leaning towards the Blackstar HT 40, can anyone sway me to purchase the Marshall DSL40 or some other similar tube amp, I'm all ears pun intended. This video below swayed me.

     
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    It depends on what you’re after. I would choose the Marshall. Because I’m a “cleans first” player.

    I really like the ISF control for the dirts on the Blackstar, but I really dislike the clean channel. The single tone control just doesn’t make it workable for me.
     
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    Marshall. Never heard a Blackstar that didn’t sound like total garbage.
     
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    Do you have the marshall?
     
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    Have you listened to the video i posted? I did with earphones on, sounds amazing.
     
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    Nope. I’ve played through that actual amp in real life.
     
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    I don’t gig, but I’ve had a DSL40C for a few years and it’s a great sounding, reliable amp. Has a tone that I haven’t been able to get from other amps. I’ve heard good things about Blackstar too.
     
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    Which amp?
     
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    Yes thats where im at now, either or.
     
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    The HT40. Plus a lot of their other amps. I wanted to like them when they first came out because they were less expensive than most other amps with similar features, but they sounded bad to me. Now they are the same price as most other amps and more in some cases and they still sound bad.

    Go find that amp and a DSL side by side somewhere, there will be no question which amp to buy.
     
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    Thanks, this is the feedback/input i want to know. Perhaps i should play both side by side, if possible, at a guitar center etc.
     
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    I have an older version HT40 Club with EL34 power tubes. The functionality, otherwise, looks the same except mine doesn't have a 40w/4w switch (I put a cheap attenuator on mine). It is a very versatile and powerful amp. I suspect the MkII would be even better--with whatever upgrades were gained over the years.

    I have enough amps banging around here, I will likely never own a Marshall.
     
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    I don’t have the Marshall in question. I have *a* Marshall, and I have had dozens. I have tried the newish DSL40 (I think it’s the DSL40 CR? Or RC?) and found it to be a pretty cool amp.

    It’s also smaller, if that matters. The HT40 I tried was HUGE. Just ridiculously large for a 1x12 amp.

    Edit: I just looked them up and they’re about the same size. The Marshall is actually a hair larger. They must’ve changed the cab. Or maybe I was thinking of the 60 watt Blackstar.
     
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    I don't dislike Blackstar products (I've had two Artisans previously) but I own a DSL40CR and it's quite possibly the best "bang for buck" and best "all rounder" amp you can buy. But obviously YMMV:cool:
     
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    Just back from band rehearsals and recording... used my Marshall DSL40CR.. it has the nicer bright edge of old school marshall. The crunch channel is really great. Classic dirt tones with any guitar.

    i find Blackstars a bit muted or lacking some presence but I’ve not played every model.

    The 6 button switch and the two master volumes with a DSL40CR def. make it a killer live amp.. 4 channels and a lead level boost all stock.

    I agree with the many others who say it is one of the best value gigging amps you can get, esp of you like to drive the dirt from the guitar volume.. the brightness helps.
     
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    That video you shared is quite excellent, really covered all the bases on the Blackstar. I also am looking so strongly at the DSL40. The only negative thing I have seen in reviews is that some folks are not hot on the reverb on the DSL40. But that native crunch on the Marshall is so stellar, it's really hard to ignore.

    I have to admit that Blackstar is capable of some pretty dang good sounds, and do I dare say it could be more versatile? Good luck!
     
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    Yep. The reverb is not swimmingly deep on the DSL but it has an fx loop.
     
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    The clean channel on the Blackstar in the video has bass and treble controls
     
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    Must be a new version. That would absolutely be a huge improvement over the ones I tried out. Although personally I’m highly unlikely to ever buy an amp without a mid control, at least it seems like the clean channel isn’t just an afterthought now.
     
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    My buddy just sold his Blackstar. He played that thing for 10 years. Last jam he showed up with a top-boost AC30. He said he aint missin the Blackstar.
     
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