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Zinky and Zinky Supro
Old 11th September 2007
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Zinky and Zinky Supro

I heard a Zinky Velvet in a live band situation a few weeks back and it provided one of the best Tele tones I'd heard in a long time.

Very reasonable too for a USA built all tube amp combo.

Just wondering if anyone else has tried them or the Zinky-Supros?

Hard to resist an amp that smiles at you!

The Supro Baby Model 50 looks like a winner in the Class A department.

http://www.wildwestguitars.com/zinkyhome.htm
Old 11th September 2007
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Reading a bit further on the Zinky web page, I did notice that these amps
used PCB constuction, not necessarily bad, but a consideration.

Same thing for the Tone Kings.

Excellent quality overall, but I'm partial to PTP hand wired amps.
Old 11th September 2007
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I haven't heard these amps in person- but thought I'd chime in with something.
I love Zinky's designs.
I favour using a Fender Prosonic for a lot of my tele work.
It is a Zinky design- they did a short custom shop run and then mass produced it- well sort of mass produced.
It is an awesome sounding amp- more gain and a thicker midrange than other Fender designs.
You can get them on Evilbay for around $500.

The new Supersonic is a similar amp- but I prefer the Prosonic.

I've done a bunch of mods on mine (cleaner clean channel, fixed the channel switch thump and a few other things)- if anyone wants the schematics PM me.
Old 11th September 2007
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Before I went absolutely freeking looney on amp purchases this year, I was looking hard at buying a '93 Vibro-King which I understand was part of Zinky's stay at Fender.

I even considered the cost of having the Vibro-King cut down into a Head-Cab design
replacing the stock 3X10's with either a pair of EVM 12L's or a single 15" for added head room.

I must admit that I was disappointed to read that his larger Velvet and Supro models
use PCB construction.

They still SOUND great!

It's just that long after I'm gone, it would be nice to know that any good tech can fix
anything that goes wrong, even if the PCB's are no longer available.
Old 11th September 2007
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Originally Posted by FFTT View Post
Before I went absolutely freeking looney on amp purchases this year, I was looking hard at buying a '93 Vibro-King which I understand was part of Zinky's stay at Fender.

I even considered the cost of having the Vibro-King cut down into a Head-Cab design
replacing the stock 3X10's with either a pair of EVM 12L's or a single 15" for added head room.

I must admit that I was disappointed to read that his larger Velvet and Supro models
use PCB construction.

They still SOUND great!

It's just that long after I'm gone, it would be nice to know that any good tech can fix
anything that goes wrong, even if the PCB's are no longer available.
The Prosonic has a PCB too- it doesn't bother me at all.
I wouldn't worry about the 3x10's.
Prosonic has 2x10's but it is still louder than f*ck.
If I ever need more bottom end I can throw a 2x12 or a 4x12 under it and disconnect the 2x10's (or not).
Old 13th September 2007
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I took a look at the new Reeves Custom Heads and Combos
and I'm not seeing ANYTHING that can touch them for the price.

Rugged, all hand wired PTP mil spec, very impressed!
Old 27th September 2007
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haven't tried the zinky supro stuff, but i have a 1x10 supro from the 60's that is fantastic as well as access to and have been in studio with a 2x12 being tracked and it gave the best guitar tone ive ever heard. an original would be worth checking into on ebay as well.
Old 27th September 2007
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I can't, for the life of me, understand why it would matter whether a well-designed and good sounding amp is PTP, PCB, or even PCP for that matter.

I think that it has been proven, time and again, that the designer, design, execution of said design in manufacturing, reliability & tone are the only really important points when making a purchase. However, if we're just lobbing crap around on the internet, then no holds are barred.
Old 28th September 2007
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My beef with a PCB design is the cost of materials and labor to replace it, in the event the board gets hosed. If anyone still has replacement boards down the road.

I just went through this with my original Blues Deluxe.

The cost in materials and labor to replace the board would have exceeded to cost
to replace the entire amp.
Old 1st October 2007
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FFTT, the thing about Zinky is that he gives you a lifetime warranty on his stuff. From what I understand he's a heck of a nice guy and easy to reach, and he'll either ship out the parts to you if you know what you're doing, or you can ship it to him and he'll take care of it with a quick turnaround.

And the Blue Velvet just sounds like buttah.
Old 2nd October 2007
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Can't argue at all about how they sound.

The one I heard at a local concert did wonders for the player's Tele.
Old 6th October 2007
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Hope you can find time to put up some clips.

All I remember about the one I did hear, was Wow that Tele sounds great!

Cut through the live band quite well.
Old 10th October 2007
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I've played a Blue Velvet, and I was amazed at how good it sounded. LIke buttah indeed!
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