Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Sirloin, May 3, 2019.
Wow. A Germino Super... this will be hard to resist
Assuming he probably can't build these fast enough to meet demand, the price may be substantially lower than he could easily charge.
That's how price works.
I personally know a couple amp builders and have had discussions about costs etc.
Mike you are correct in that you cannot look at it from a "I built one in my basement and it cost me X in parts" perspective. If you do look at it that way then yes it will seem like quite a margin after parts cost etc.
If they have a shop they are likely leasing or renting that space and its not cheap. Then there are all the other expenses of running a business. You make a couple amps a week and deduct all the expense, you ain't getting rich and in fact you are barely making it. You better be making a whole bunch of amps weekly and then you are no longer a one man show. With that comes a whole other list of expenses.
Are some out of line with their pricing? Only if nobody is willing to pay for it. I think most are well within the price range they need to be to make it a worthwhile endeavor at all.
Some of the best builders I've known are now getting day jobs as guitar isn't popular again at teh moment in mainstream music.
This isnt' an easy industry to make a living at on that level.
The complete kit is $1025.
The fully assembled by Mojotone amp is $1400.
Mojo assembling their own kit.
So some guy they taught how to solder following a layout.
Nah I'm good. If I'm going that route i'll do it myself.
Better yet, pay the master. AND have a reasonable return if I decide to move it on.
Does their kit have celestion golds?
Exactly. I was looking for the least expensive US-made Bassman made by a known company.
Again, personally, I'd buy the Germino.
I getcha. Personal choice. I learned to roll my own on many fronts, but I know in direct experience they're not as good as greg's amps.
Anyone ever compare a Clark 5e3 to a Germino 5e3?
Greg's Marshall inspired stuff will never leave my possession; unless I'm robbed or die.
Greg is an incredible builder and good dude
he like anyone else making 'stuff' can charge what they want IMO...you vote w/ your wallet
w/ a Germino you know you are buying something that is 'right'-not questionable builds/parts, hand made, etc.
Is Mr. Germino building every amp himself? Or does he have employees?
I believe he has the cabs, chassis, transformers built to his specs. He does the rest. He also installs some of the cabinet hardware, logo, etc.
I have been to his shop many times. It’s just him.
Of all the builders out there, Komet and Germino get my money. Can't go wrong. I'm really interested right now. I'm thinking the Bandmaster, but the Bassman would be amazing. The Bandmaster could be used with one of my Kelley attenuators.
Yeah I bought 3 amps and a 4x12 cab from him and obviously I went back to him, so yeah he knows his stuff, builds amps to last, and he builds a vintage-like quality amp.
He builds the amps himself, the cab are by Ken Jones, and Greg does the finishing touches and speaker loading and tests. Ken has a great reputation to building great cabs, the other builder that I love is Mr. Swanson, Greg used him long ago if I remember correctly.
I believe Ken has retired
Who is Greg using these days?
I had a Clark Tyger with Mike's built-in 3-6-9 attenuator. The best sound was no attenuator at all.
I'm thinking it would be cool to have Greg's 5E7, Michael's Tyger (KILLER amp, BTW) and Dr. Z's Zmaster at the same time.
Not sure. But I got a new 20” head box from him recently. It’s top notch.
Why not the Bassman?