Compact and powerful the Tube-H5 delivers a big tube sound through its EL84 and 12AX7 Ruby tubes. Use the clean channel for sparkling clean tones or hit the drive switch for raw and rocking gain. Housed in a sleek retro casing with a vintage look grill cloth this amp provides a wide range of tones that cater for rock and blues enthusiasts.
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I have tried lots of inexpensive low powered valve amps and kept going back to my trusty Roland Cubes as I was left disappointed. I run this little head through a 210 cab fitted with Jensen and Celestion speakers, both very neutral.
The tones do not disappoint. You could almost say it has two channels due to the boost switch. Without boost there is plenty of clean headroom, with sparkle, chime and shimmer aplenty, especially at lower volumes and using single coils.
The valves are very easy to access. I tried a 12AT7 and it produced pleasing results all round. Even more clean shimmer and smoother overdrive.
This also makes for an excellent pedal platform; it worked flawlessly with comp/od/dist/delay/reverb chain -amazing big valve sound at tv volumes, perfect!
The boost control provides a very useable spectrum of tone from just breaking up to gnarly crunch, whilst turning the gain up. The boost section even has its own volume knob- so its fair to say there are 2 channels- but no options for footswitch.....
The feature that sets this apart compared to others in the price range is the 2 band eq. It works well and helps produce a full bottom end, unlike a lot of small valve amps. There was a noticeable operating hum at idle when powering up, but it's fairly innocuous.
I believe these are identical to the belcat h5 and I've spotted a similar amp in Dawsons under the brand Redwood. This is half the price of a blackstar HT1, but is quite close on performance, to my ears.....perfect for whisper quiet true valve tone.... I've rated regardless of price at 4 stars. It would get 5 stars for value for money....