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Anyone tried the new Koch combo amps? (Jupiter and Startrooper)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Proco, May 17, 2011.

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    I played through a Jupiter combo at NAMM and quite liked it.The cleans were quite nice and the crunch/overdrive tones were fairly dynamic,with a rather decent tube like tone and feel.It does not do real high gain metal,but I found it to be an overall well made,good sounding amp.Btw,it didn't sound boxy to my ears and it seemed to be capable of some decent volume.


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    Thanks ;) Did you tried the Startrooper, too?
    I'm actually not sure about which one to get... I know the Startrooper is supposed to be capable of some metal tones and that's the kind of versatility I'm looking for, but if the gain tipology is too metal-oriented then I'd get the Jupiter as it seems to cover a little more ground (rock, blues... hard rock maybe?).
     
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    You may want to take a look at my signature then :)
     
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    No Startrooper was played by me...Sorry.



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    Uhm.. still haven't got the change to play a Startrooper myself... The Jupiter is nice but kinda muddy to my erars when I tried it... it was in a local shop so I couldn't push the volume that much... does it get nasty solid state distortion?

    I gues these amps aren't so TGP style :p
     
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    still wanting to try these... anyone know when they are gonna hit stores & catalogs?
     
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    Tried a strat into the Jupiter today, and....I am going to get one.

    Loud as you need (think it's a neodymium speaker), very responsive to guitar controls/pick dynamics. Light, well made. IMHO sounded much better clean than an HRDx. Infinitely better than a Mustang I also tried.

    Didn't care for the overdrive channel (have pedals for that). Can't wait to try a Timmy through it.

    Startrooper is same amp but ups the gain quotient.

    Funny - hybrid amp...a step 'backwards' from modelling...but just does that one thing right. And of course, you could bypass the preamp and plug a modeller into the poweramp should that tickle your fancy.

    Oh yeah, it looks great, too.
     
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    WHEN CAN WE GET THESE IN THE USA!? I have yet to see any for sale?
     
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    I guess these just arent coming to the USA?.. still havent seen any pop up
     
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    Hmmm. That's a shame. Really nice amp. Similar price to Trademark 60 but a more natural sound.
     
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    I just got a Jupiter from a shop in the Chicago suburbs... Can't find them anywhere else in the US, even online, so I didn't know what the price should be. It's a great amp! I compared it to the Ac15's (both the single and the twin) and the Koch won out in every aspect. It handles all my pedals really well, which is what I was looking for, so even though it might have been a little expensive (paid the same as the AC15C2) I am very happy with it! If anyone in the US is looking for one, I know the shop I got mine from has more and a StarTrooper as well.
     
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    What shop?
     
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    At first I thought this was going to be about Greg Koch.

    Amps sounds good like Marshall.

    I noticed that the guy at the Musik Messe pronounced Koch like Kotch.

    Greg always says Koch is pronounced Kock.

    I think if it was my name I would say it like a German, Kotch.:D
     
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    Midlothian Music in Orland Park.
     
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    bump for pronunciation:
    Koch, being a Dutch company, is pronounced as Kogh (with the -gh- being that notorious Dutch 'gargle'-sounding, quite similar to the 'J-' in Spanish names like 'Juanes' or 'Juanita' (unless you pronounce those as 'Wa-nita' or 'Wa-ness')
     
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    I just wanted to know your first hand opinion regarding the Startrooper, and if possibly, how it compares to Studiotone.

    I want a small combo to play at home and this seems to be a good option but it is difficult for me to justify the price, especially whe you can get used other good amps like the Tech 21 TM60 and alike..
     

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