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Real "Pawnshop" amp: '66 Supro Trojan

 
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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:27 pm    Post subject: Real "Pawnshop" amp: '66 Supro Trojan Reply with quote

I stopped by my local pawnshop yesterday. They have mostly crap there but once in a while some thing really interesting shows up and lo and behold there is what looks like a shiny new Valco amp. It was behind the counter in a corner so I couldn't get a good look. I saw it said "Valco" and "Trojan".The price tag was $400,which is alot of money for a pawnshop amp.I couldn't figure out what I was looking at,something was missing..it wasn't until I got home and looked it up on the internet that I realized what it was: The Supro Logo was missing! Here is the same amp With the logo(from a reverb ad) and some vids. The Tremolo on this amp is great! Here is one that just sold on Ebay




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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh shit,it wasn't missing the logo...it is a Penncrest(JCPenny) version of the Trojan! Looks like it is a '67 not '66.













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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it! Those supro amps are the business.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the aesthetics on that lil guy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Modern day vintage style boutique amp vs Old school real deal Amps.
Both expensive, unless you get lucky and find it cheap at a pawn shop. Which will undoubtedly never happen to newer boutique amps, because their owners expect the most money back when selling those bitches.
I just posted this company because I saw them the other day for the first time, and sort of like the old school wooden look to it. But knew the boutique price isn't as bad as others but still pricey Bouty none the less.
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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Here is a page from the 1966 Supro catalog

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Tremolo sounds like this


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a gut shot of my amp.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got my amp back from the shop today, now it plays like new :

Replaced power cable with 3-prong plug

Repaired power supply-reconfigered

Recapped and changed all ps resistors

Replaced output tube with a used tube



Before and after







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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it is all set for another several decades. Very Happy
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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha,at least 50 years. The tech who fixed it is Kris Johnson. He works at Twin Town guitars in Minneapolis

This is about Kris

http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/05/meet-kris-johnson-the-amp-building-pro-in-the-basement-of-twin-town-guitars/

This about his Amp company

https://www.vintageguitar.com/23016/kj-audio-hanwell-50/
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