Blackstar New Artisan Amps

Blackstar New Artisan Amps

Blackstar Amps has been one of the fundamental companies for world-wide musicians, even artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and James Dean Bradfield has partnered with Blackstar Amps. This amp-designing industry is founded by several ex-Marshall workers in 2007, where Bruce Keir is currently the Technical Director of Blackstar.

This company is situated in Northampton, England and was launched in Frankfurt Musikmesse. Since then, their development has flourished satisfying to-be musicians and celebrity musicians. While on the topic of amplifiers, Blackstar has updated its Artisan Amp line with 3 new models, 2 Class-A head amps and 1 cabinet. These features tube in all their channels, similar to the models which are based on the acclaimed combo models of the same series.

The new Blackstar Artisan Amp models feature 2 channels:

• The EF86 Pentodepreamplifier valve is specifically designed with a 5-way bass shape switch on the Artisan 30H model. The unique gain delivers a rich sound of tranquillity in the harmonic distortion with high-frequency pick-ups.
• The ECC83 Dual-Triodepreamplifier channel consists of a 2-way voice switch and master volume on the Artisan 30H model that emphasizes the vintage elegance of the amplifier’s firm structure. In comparison to the Pentode, the Triode brings out the lower volumes, casting you into deeper and darker tones. This is more generated for apartment-studio uses.
The 3 New Models:

The Artisan 30H

This is the award-winning Class-A 30W head format that purifies the quality tones and creates a sharp and rounded sound.

Features/Specs:

• Switch between a 10W triode or a 30W pentode mode
• Impedance Selector
• Preamp Valves: ECC83 for 2-way voice switch and master volume, EF86 5-way Bass Shape switch
• Poweramp Valves: 4 x EL34
• Channels: 2 – Channel 1 (ECC83), Channel 2 (EF86)
• Inputs: Hi and Lo input for each channel (channel blending)
• Weight: 17.3Kg
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 715 x 289 x 208.5 (mm)

The Artisan 30

This vintage-style magnificent Class-A 30W amp has sonic qualities driving the pride of British speakers and uses this tone and filters it to absolute purity.

Features/Specs:

• Switch between 10W triode or a 30W pentode mode
• Impedance Selector
• Preamp Valves: ECC83 for 2-way voice switch and master volume, EF86 5-way Bass Shape switch
• 2 x Celestion Vintage 30 speakers
• Poweramp Valves: 4 x EL34
• Channels: 2 – Channel 1 (ECC83), Channel 2 (EF86)
• Inputs: Hi and Lo input for each channel (Channel Blending)
• Weight: 35Kg
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 715 x 569 x 263 (mm)

The Artisan 100

This sleek boutique-style of 100W takes into the manufacturer’s heart of the UK and USA 60s and 70s designs.

Features/Specs:

• Impedance Selector
• Preamp Valves: ECC83 for 2-way voice switch and master volume, EF86 5-way Bass Shape switch
• Poweramp Valves: 4 x EL34 output
• 4-way voice switch
• Channels: 2 – Channel 1 (ECC83), Channel 2 (EF86)
• Inputs: Hi and Lo input for each channel (Channel Blending)
• Weight: 23Kg
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 741 x 300 x 227 (mm)

The inputs (“hi” for power overdrive and “lo” for a clean sounding effect) of these 2 channels (Channel 1 and Channel 2) are parallelly operated to the connection of the guitar which brings out the variations of tones. This is known as channel blending. Having this diverse blend between the inputs and guitar gives the musician a chance to not only perform in a small four-corned room.

Another feature used is the impedance selector, which allows the internal or external speakers to match the chosen amplifier’s impedance. Therefore, in addition to the new Blackstar Artisan Amps, if the internal speaker is 16-ohms, then it should match the impedance selector at 16-ohms.

The use of EL84 power amp tubes (2 or 4) which is thermionic used an output, 15- or 30-watts with single-ended and push-pull operation modes and volume-tone controls per channel. This puts an effect on lowering the distortion within the circuitry while distributing a higher power.

These new Blackstar Artisan Amps can be combined with a 2 x 12-inch hand-wired matching cabinet with 120-watts and 16-ohms speakers. This means that a variety of classic vintage tones are set to the best achievable quality or standard. This is done through the implementation of electronic circuitry which synchronizes with the equipment or materials that is accessible to create a tone, volume, and power that meets the requirements.

Furthermore, the type of speaker used to provide that exceptional quality of sound is the Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.

Specifications

• Power rating: 60W RMS
• Nominal impedance: 16 Ohms
• Sensitivity: 100dB
• Frequency range: 70-5000Hz
• Voice coil diameter: 1.75″
• Voice coil material: Round copper
• Chassis type: Pressed steel
• Magnet type: Ceramic
• Cut-out diameter: 11.1″
• Diameter: 12.2″
• Magnet structure diameter: 6.1″
• Mounting slot dimensions: 0.31″
• Mounting slot PCD: 11.7″
• Number of mounting slots: 4
• Overall depth: 5.3″
• Unit weight: 10.4lb

As heavenly as the new Blackstar Artisan Amps sound, there is still no glimpse of information about the availability of stock and the price given in the market. Since it has become such a vintage element, it has become a collector’s item. Although if you do manage to obtain this beauty, then it is money worth spending on for the quality it contains.