The Komet Spirit
Komet™ Amplification was born out of a small musical instrument repair shop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Holger Notzel and Michael Kennedy, both with many years of experience in repairing vintage amplifiers, opened Riverfront Music Repair in 1998. Riverfront Music has been one of the most trusted and respected repair shops dealing with vintage hand wired amplifiers and stringed instruments.
The two had been friends with Ken Fischer, one of the most legendary amplifier designers of all time. They eventually teamed up with Ken for a project that was to become the first Trainwreck® Engineered amplifier, the Komet 60. The Komet 60 has become a legendary amplifier seen on stages all over the world, and is still in production to this day.
The Komet Difference
Each Komet amplifier is meticulously hand built in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. The greatest attention to detail is given to each product before it leaves our shop. All of our transformers are of a custom proprietary design, and are also 100% made in the USA. Each amplifier is hand wired with silver tinned Teflon wire on glass-epoxy tag boards. Our chassis are laser cut, welded aluminum — chosen for superior tonal response. We use 2 Watt, military grade potentiometers and assemble all of our amplifiers with stainless steel screws and bolts. Our control panels, capacitors and switches are of the absolute highest in quality. These are just a few of the details you’ll find in every single Komet amplifier.
Ken Fischer’s Viewpoint
At Trainwreck® Circuits, we follow very strict protocols when designing our Trainwreck® amplifiers. This is our first Trainwreck® design to be built outside our shop in Colonia, New Jersey, USA. We waited to this point in time for the first ever licensing agreement to build a Trainwreck Engineered™ design.
The Komet™ is a 100% new design, but is built along traditional Trainwreck™ methodologies. Like all "Wrecks", the Komet™ is a single channel amp. It has NO reverb, master volume, effects loop, foot switches, pull pots, transistors or chips ANYWHERE. The chassis is solid aluminum, chosen for the very particular electrical properties that it possesses. Inside the chassis you won't find printed circuits, cotton or imitation cotton wire or fiber tag boards. We don't design with obsolete or questionable materials to "be in fashion."
"The Komet™ is a unique amplifier that cannot be described in words. If you've never flown an F-16 jet fighter, how could one truly tell you how it feels using mere words. Unlike the F-16 fighter, you can take the Komet™ for a test flight. Strap yourself in, crank up the throttle, and go supersonic!"