Blackstar refines the HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Edition combo, inside and out
New enhanced version of the popular HT Club 40 MkII
The new Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Edition combo takes the standard HT Club 40 MkII and mixes up the recipe a little to give us a more refined version of the original amplifier. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Edition
Blackstar has revamped this combo inside and out. The first you notice is the new look of the HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Edition, with its light blue/cream retro colour scheme. But there have also been a couple of nice, subtle tweaks under the hood. The MkII was already a great little tube combo amp in the 40 Watt category, and these upgrades are a nice addition. The handy Dynamic Power Reduction that knocks the output down to a neighbour friendly 4 Watts is retained from the MkII, as are all the outputs for recording.
Baby Blue Tolex
The new aesthetics include baby blue tolex and a tan basketweave front with a matching set of components in cream, like the front panel, corners and chicken head knobs. There’s a brown leather handle and a special edition plaque, too.
- 40 Watt valve combo
- 2 x ECC83 and 2 x Blackplate 6L6GC-STR valves
- Two channels with footswitch control
- Four voices, also switchable using a footswitch
- “Boutique” clean channel, tone control has been expanded
- OD channel with higher gain
- Patented Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
- Reduces power down to 4 Watts from 40 Watts
- Master Volume
- Reverb (digital) with Dark/Light switch
- Speaker-emulated output with 1×12/4×12 voicing
- Effects loop with effects level switch
- USB recording output
- Speaker: 1 x 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30
- 2-way foot-controller
Blackplate RCA 6L6GC
The tweaks include a new pair of tubes, namely two Blackplate RCA 6L6GC valves that replace the normal EL-34 tubes of the standard version. Made by TAD (Tube Amp Doctor) and faithful recreations of the original vintage valves, these little glass bottle upgrades will make the cork sniffers very happy indeed. Expect nice smooth breakup, with deep bottom-end and crisp highs from these valves.
Another upgrade is the Celestion Vintage 30 12″ speaker, known for a better mid-range and a more detailed harmonic sound. Combining the new tubes and speaker to the classy new livery, it looks like the new Black & Blue Edition has seem some welcome.
You can check out the new Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII Black & Blue Edition in more detail from the link below and the official video.
RRP – GBP 799
- Rear view of Blackstar's HT 40 Club MkII Black and Blue edition: Blackstar