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Video Exclusive! Blackstar HT-1RH: First look

Blackstar has announced its latest model, the HT-1, a one-watt, two-channel, all-valve design for use in the studio or at practices.

As the baby brother to Blackstar's hugely popular HT-5 amp, the HT-1 incorporates many of the same features, such as dual channels, Blackstar's ISF control and a speaker-emulated output that also doubles as a headphone socket.

The HT-1 will be available in three different configurations: the HT-1 Combo (£169, pictured), the digital reverb-equipped HT-1R Combo (£199) and HT-1RH Head (£169, in the video). All three amps should be shipping by late October.

However, if you can't wait that long, don't worry. TG paid a visit to Blackstar's booth backstage at this year's Sonisphere festival, where the HT-1RH was on display for artists to try.

We grabbed our camera and captured this exclusive clip of Iggy And The Stooges' guitarist James Williamson trying the amp.

Stuart Williams
Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.