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Groove Tubes Supre

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21 years

Ok, I am still a little crazy so bear with me. As most know I am a tube freak. I own a few preamps and one is an ADL 600. Anyways, I just read a review on Mix saying how forgiving and thick the Supre sounds. I also saw the specs and was quite impressed; acutally really impressed! I purchased my ADL because it had more more of a modern tube sound to it, but I cant help but to think how darn good the Supre sounds? I keep hearing how thick the midrange is on the supre and how defined the bass is when passed through it. I even read how it sounds like a neve 1073 on the low end! Do any of you guys own a G.T. Supre or has anyone heard it in use? Should I implement it into my studio next to my ADL or is it worth to sell my ADL and get the Supre. Thanks Fellas and Ladies.


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21 years

Member Mon, 01/07/2008 - 03:10

I personally wouldnt own a GT for as long as I live.

There rellabeled chinese or sovtek tubes absolute junk.

Dont be pulled in by all the hype.. Stick with NOS

Mullard ,Telefunken, Amprex, Tesla ( Not JJ) RCA, Sylvainia. They will last 10 times longer with superior performance...

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Cucco Mon, 01/07/2008 - 05:54

Hey Jbrax...the SUPRE is a preamp, not a tube.

Besides, GT doesn't hide behind the fact that they're simply branding others' tubes. The test ones they like and use them.

Although, their 12AX7M is a rebranded Mullard (that's the "m" means).

As for the SUPRE...I have not heard it and I have not read any reviews. It looks sexy (and sometimes that's enough...)

Would I go selling the ADL600 for it? Not a chance. I have heard it and it's a fantastic device. Considering the price of the SUPRE, it might be worth buying and trying. See if you can get it from a place with a good return policy.

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bent Mon, 01/07/2008 - 07:16

We've got a Vipre and I really dig it, man!
It's a bit pricey, but the build quality is top notch.
When we were kicking around the idea of upgrading our gear at RC I admit when Dan said he wanted to get one I was kinda iffy on it, but it has proven to be an excellent addition to our little studio.

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moonbaby Mon, 01/07/2008 - 07:20

Mullards are definitely still around as NOS (new old stock). And the build quality and engineering behind GT gear is better than 99% of the crap out on the market these days. Aspen Pittman is a legendary icon in the tube audio world, don't be so fast to rush to judgement here! Just ask Davedog or the others who have the ViPre or The Brick. Great products, every one.
I have repaired, modded, and blown up all sorts of tube amps over the years. GT's are, in some ways, hype, in some ways not. You are paying for them to properly test and match the tubes in a propietary way. I've always known what I'm getting from them in advance, and I've NEVER gotten a "bad" tube, period. Sovtek, JJ/Tesla, Gold Lion, Sino, Svetlana, I've had disappointments from them all. Not GT. Sometimes that's worth the extra $$, sometimes not.
Anyway, as far as the SuPre is concerned, if it's anywhere CLOSE to the performance of the ViPre, it'll rock.

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19 years 9 months

Davedog Mon, 01/07/2008 - 16:06
I have experienced a ViPre. I may get over it someday.

The SuPre seems to be, on paper, a singular tonal selection of the ViPre.

Without hearing it I think it probably rocks. Really hard.

I became a believer in GT products, especially the tubes, when I was on the road a lot playing guitar. Pro-Reverb, Vox Cambridge, and a MusicMan 65. What the GT stuff did for me was provide me with peace of mind, knowing wherever in the the world I was, I could get a set of tubes that would be relatively close to match of the tubes I needed to change.

I DO know others besides JBRAX who have had not so good luck with the GT tubes, but they are few and far between.

As for TUBES in general, we seem to have a collection of tube heads here at R.O. right now. More than I think I've ever seen here. Perhaps we should institute a new forum just for you folks. The discussions on this kinda stuff would be interesting to say the least as well as through the roof on occasion.

Waddaya'll think?