This Blackstar Series One repair from February was a bit of a mess! The amp had unfortunately received the unhelpful care of another repairer who had left the amp in a terrible state. If you don’t like to see damaged PCBs, look away now. It was brought to me because it was blowing fuses at […]
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I’m a Blackstar (Series One) user myself so it’s always interesting to see a Blackstar repair. These guys came from nowhere (well, Marshall!) and flooded the market with great valve amps.
As you’d expect with their Marshall heritage they’re well built amps with no more issues than any of the other well established brands. The tricky thing with Blackstar repairs is that they cram a lot of technology into each amp (which is fantastic) but don’t release schematics, which can make more complicated repairs difficult. That said, Blackstar amps suffer from all the same problems as other valve amps – blown fuses, bad power valves – faulty valve bases, so if you have a Blackstar repair, please get in touch.
This is the first Blackstar ID30 TVP repair that I’ve come across, but there wasn’t much to the job. The owner had lent his amp to a friend and the tip of the jack socket had fallen off inside the amp. I was really impressed with the build quality on this amp and it was very […]
I’ll admit this Blackstar HT5 repair had me confused for a bit. It was brought to me from Stamford Endowed School, which isn’t that far away from my workshop in Newark, it is just down the A1. The amp arrived with no sound output from the speakers. The valves tested fine, one 12ax7 and one […]
This Blackstar repair was a simple valve amp service before the amplifier was sold. The amp is a series 1-45 2×12 combo. It’s a fantastic 2 channel amp with 4 modes, bright Clean, warm clean, Crunch and Super Crunch. The amplifier uses Blackstar’s DPR and ISF patents, you can read more about Blackstar’s DPR on […]
Recently, a Blackstar amp repair was brought to my workshop in Newark. The amp was an HT40 (the Club 40 combo) in working condition, but the owner wanted to try a new set of EL34 power valves in the amp. He selected a matched pair of Tung Sol with slightly higher gain (according to my […]