Top Hat Supreme Sixteen

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  1. Stevo57

    Stevo57 Supporting Member

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    I've been reading a little about the Mini King thats been coming down the pipe. I guess it got renamed. Sounds like a cool amp. I been yearning for something with the 84's. Like to give this one a go!
     
  2. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    This was in my email today:

    DestroyAllGuitars is extremely excited to announce the unveiling of Brian Gerhard
    and TopHat Amplification's newest addition to their incredible line of amplifiers. The
    amp is called the Supreme Sixteen and we will begin shipping initial orders in early
    April.

    I've played the new TopHat Supreme Sixteen and can say that it is truly amazing. It's
    everything in one, the end all be all if there ever was one. With a Les Paul style guitar,
    I'm able to get Fender spanky clean to thick deadbone R&B rhythm sounds to Page /
    May rock to the landmark sounds of the first EVH record, without changing the settings
    on the amp. This is without a doubt the greatest sounding amp I've ever played or heard
    in my life, period. Brian has done what I did not think was possible. He has created the
    ultimate EL84 based head, one that I believe outdoes his King Royale which until now
    was my favorite EL84 driven amplifier of all time. The Supreme Sixteen is the amp that
    will define Brian Gerhard and TopHat Amplifiers.

    Anyhow, the Supreme Sixteen is 16 watts -- 3 -12AX7's, 1- EF86, 2 - EL84's and
    1- 6CA4/EZ81 rectifier tube. With large transformers and choke, and an aluminum
    chassis -- 2 channels -- channel 1 has Vol and a Fat/Treble switch -- channel 2 has
    Vol, Master, Treble, Middle, Bass and on the rear is a Fat/Off/Bright switch and an
    overall Cut control. 1- AC15 preamp and 1- AC30 top boost/TopHat version preamp,
    each with it's own High and Low inputs.
    It has 2 and 3 tone vinyl covering with inlaid art-deco piping and an inset backlit logo.
    It has 2 each of 4 and 8 ohm output taps, and is 120 and 140 volt, switchable. The
    cabinets that we HIGHLY recommend are either a 1x12 Celestion Blue alnico cab,
    or a 2x12 with a Blue and Heritage H or 2 Blues. Yes it is a Head only and the cost
    is $1859. The 1x12 w/ Blue is $615. The 2x12 w/ Blue + Heritage H is $979 and the
    extra Blue has an upcharge of $85. Shipping would be about $25 to 30 for heads, $35
    to 40 on the 1x12's, and $45 on 2x12's.

    To me, this amp marks a milestone in the history of guitar amplification. I absolutely
    believe it to be the greatest sounding bad boy Rock 'N Roll amp ever. It puts every
    classic sound from Wood and Richards, to Clapton and Page to May and Van Halen
    all at your fingertips. You just need to roll your guitar's volume control from 0 to 10
    to travel through the history of classic rock guitar tones. Not only will you hear those
    classic tones, but you will hear them with a depth and dimension that no other amp I
    know of, can deliver. The build quality, as always, is second to none and is quite
    beautiful to behold.

    DestroyAllGuitars is now booking orders for the first run of heads. You can contact

    us through www.destroyallguitars.com or directly through cultreri@optonline.net

    DestroyAllGuitars is offering a $150 discount on all initial orders when you
    order a cab with the head.
    Warning: The first run of Supreme Sixteens will be sold out in short order.

    Pictures will be posted as soon as the first head cabinets arrive, which should be any day now.

    Regards,
    Cliff Cultreri

    www.destroyallguitars.com

    631-979-1595

    Representing the finest from:
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  3. DestroyAllGuitars

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    Stevo,

    It turned out to be a heck of a lot more than just a mini King Royale. It
    covers a lot of the ground of both the King and Club Royale but it is
    capable of taking you to a lot of places the the others don't. It puts out
    a mean 16 watts so hence the name Supreme Sixteen.
     
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  5. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    Steve.....quit pointing out cool shiznit. You're going to get me killed with the GF....LOL

    Sounds like a cool amp. You're getting all the cool stuff Cliff!

    <now you need to get Greer....>:D
     
  6. DestroyAllGuitars

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    Big Mike,

    Thanks, I'm trying hard to bring the best. I have heard some of Nick's pedals
    and liked them quite a bit. I've not had the pleasure of playing his amps
    but after just visiting his website, I'm definitely going to reach out to him.
    Since you had first mentioned the Greer amps to me, at NAMM, a few others
    whose ears I trust have mentioned the same. I'm getting the feeling that I
    may be missing out on something here. Thanks so much for looking out.
     
  7. big mike

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    Cliff, I'll know more tomorrow...LOL My CAM18 will be here.

    Happy to lend you my opinion more once I've put it through the paces.

    Sorry for the derailment Stevo!:Spank my bad.
     
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    Cliff, are the channels foot-switchable, or is it a dual input amp?

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    I'd love to see a shot of it too with a good look at the controls and back panel. I've always dug the Top Hat cosmetics. I'm sure it's a bit early for clips.
     
  10. DestroyAllGuitars

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    riffmeister,
    It's 2 separate channels. You'd need an A/B or A/B/Y box to switch or
    combine channels. It's built this way as not to compromise the tone
    which is the most important feature of the amp.
     
  11. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    excellent.....I was sincerely hoping that would be the case......

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    This sounds exciting!
    Just a clarification:is it 120/240 switchable?(140 being a typo)
    Thanks,

    Ted
     
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    Yes, it's 120/240 I corrected it in the original post in the Dealers Emporium but since this thread was a copy, not posted by me, I could not correct it here.
     
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    Cliff, could you give us a rundown on how it reacts with singles and hums?
    Approximately where on the V knob does it transcend from clean to the edge and beyond? Sounds like a great amp tomatch up with some Cele blues. Don't forget those pix and clips too.
     
  15. DestroyAllGuitars

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    Stevo, this amp rocks hard with buckers and it absolutely loves P90s
    and all Fendery single coil types. With a P90, you're going to be playing
    the intro to Mississippi Queen for an hour and when you first put a Tele
    into it, you'll be playing Keith parts for days, namely the main riff & intro
    to Monkey Man.

    I just keep the amp set to scream and play with the guitars volume. The
    transition from clean to scream on the amp is 1-4 = clean, 4-7= True Grit
    and 7-10= all hell breaking lose.
     
  16. decay-o-caster

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    SHUT UP!!! I can't HEAR you!!! La la la la laaaaa...

    :(
     
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    Cliff,
    i have a 212 club royale...is this supreme sixteen bigger sounding? More overall volume? I was looking into a 65amps london and i was directed here...love the club royale volume but WANT MORE GUTS!:)
     
  18. DestroyAllGuitars

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    jakins,

    The Supreme Sixteen certainly has more guts than the Club Royale, but
    I couldn't say that it's louder than your 212 Club. I've only played it
    through a 112 Blue and it went toe to toe volume wise with both my 112
    CR and 112 CD. It certainly has more depth and dimension which fills the
    space around you with more sound. This can be perceived as more volume
    but in reality if you put a meter to it, they would be in the same ballpark.

    I will not knock anothers product, but if it is a Vox style front end that
    you are looking for, I believe this to be a landmark amp and have not
    heard anything that could compare. Not even the most prized beige
    AC15 that I've played on many occasions, that until now was the best
    EF86 front ended amp I had ever played and heard.

    David,
    I'm gonna get you on this one and I know you'll be thanking for a long
    time to come. I've never steered you wrong and never will.
     
  19. sixkids

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    Hey Cliff,

    You know , I still feel bad about the GVCG Tele. Dammit, I'm gonna buy something from you !! When will the 16's ship ?

    All The Best !!
    Tom
     
  20. riffmeister

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    The first ones are arriving any day now.

    And welcome back to TGP everyone!!!! :D
     

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