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Supro Comet

dburns

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I have used the search function and found some threads, but nothing within the last year so I figure I'd post a new one. I've been in between a few other amps and a Supro wasn't on my radar at all but came across one at what seems to be a good price, so just looking to follow up and get some info from people who have tried them or are currently using them. Also, what's a good used price?

My main amp is a Carmen Ghia head, and I use a Pro Junior IV as my backup amp and I like it. Have even gigged with that a few times as well. We mic everything so the headroom is not that much of an issue, but it would be nice to have a tad more in a similarly powered amp, while still getting a good overdrive from the amp. Would that be the case? And though Reverb and Tremolo are hardly a must, it would be nice to have. Demos sound good, just trying to get some comparisons vs similar sized amps like my PJ, or a Princeton, BJ etc etc.

Like I said, happy with the Pro Junior but they can be had all day for under $4-500. Would the Comet be a significant upgrade? FWIW the used price on this particular one isn't much more than a new PJ.
 

socalscott

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I test drove one and it felt like home. Just rode the G&L vol and bass-cut and got everything I wanted. Kind of a bit rich for my noodling at home though.
 

Tritone

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I got one about a week ago. It's very small and light. It feels very sturdy and well-made. I really love the feel of the handle. The sound is very balanced and easy to dial in. Mine has a G10M Greenback in it. One tone knob is usually not ideal for me because I think most amps have more bass than I need and I like to dial it back, but since it's a 10" speaker, the bass never gets out of control for me. I love the trem, too, which is a classic smooth pulse. The *one* weak point for the amp in my opinion is the reverb. I'm not super impressed with its tinny, one dimensional sound. Maybe I'll grow to like it though.
 

dburns

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Thanks guys. I'm more interested in the drive sound, touch sensitivity and build quality more than anything so that helps. 'Verb n trem would be just a bonus.

Kinda hesitant to say what the price is on the one I'm looking at. Still waiting to hear back from the seller and I don't want to alarm any other potential buyers haha.
 

EL34

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I’ll be the contrarian and say don‘t waste your money. It’s pretty underwhelming overall (tone, reverb, trem) after swapping speakers and tubes ad nauseum over the course of a year. The tone knob has a ridiculously unusable narrow sweep, and I’d rather have a Princeton or Blues Junior over the Comet any day of the week and twice on Sunday. It looks cool as hell tho! Maybe I just don’t like 1x10” speakers? Sorry, just calling it like I hear it.
 
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dburns

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I’ll be the contrarian and say don‘t waste your money. It’s pretty underwhelming overall (tone, reverb, trem) after swapping speakers and tubes ad nauseum over the course of a year. The tone knob has a ridiculously unusable narrow sweep, and I’d rather have a Princeton or Blues Junior over the Comet any day of the week and twice on Sunday. It looks cool as hell tho! Maybe I just don’t like 1x10” speakers? Sorry, just calling it like I hear it.
All good...appreciate your opinion.
 

EL34

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All good...appreciate your opinion.
I tried hard to like this amp, but it just didn’t work for my taste at all. I tried 5 alternate speakers in it, all of which were better than the original, but it was stil difficult to dial the tone knob in. I also never understood why the marketing billed this amp as “high gain”. It was anything but that.
 

nic'o'caster

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I own a Supro Statesman head which is the Comet on one channel. A great amp but I reckon the EQ is too much basic. I use the head with a 2X12 THD cab and sometimes with a large dispersion 1x12 cab. Both give me a fantastic semi clean tone, very dynamic, with loads of bass and low mids, often too much in a band context. I wonder how it sounds with a 10'' speaker, maybe it tightens the lows but then it does not sound as big anymore... Price on yours seems pretty interesting !
 

BSOD

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I went down the Supro path a bit, and the one I wish I had purchased was the Tremo-verb. It’s a really nice sounding amp, could be gigged, and has gorgeous warm clean tone. The Comet had a terrible clean IMO.
 

MikeEd

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I owned one for a while. They are ok if you like circuit board amps. I tried out different power tubes and it was a bear to get it out.

The quality of the tone was comparable to my point to point swart AST junior.

I don't like 10 inch speakers because they don't have enough bass. I tried a few different speakers in it, the celestial gold sounded the best. but I ended up getting rid of it because I like my swart better.
 

dburns

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I went down the Supro path a bit, and the one I wish I had purchased was the Tremo-verb. It’s a really nice sounding amp, could be gigged, and has gorgeous warm clean tone. The Comet had a terrible clean IMO.
Ironically there is also a Tremo-verb for sale for $850...FWIW the Comet is still much less. Comparing the two now.
 

MikeEd

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I had a comet and I would never buy an amp like that again, even if I liked the sound. If you need to change a tube you have to dissemble the amp. But the hard part is getting the tube out. The tube sockets are recessed down inside the chassis about an inch or so. I couldn't a grip on the tube to pull it out. After trying for several minutes and pulling as hard as I could I finally got it out. The tube sockets are directly connected to the printed circuit board. I was afraid i would damage the circuit board. IMO you're better off getting an amp that wired PTP.
 




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