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Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > May 2019 > SHOP TALK MIKE KENNEDY AND HOLGER NOTZEL AMP MAKERS, KOMET AMPLIFICATION

SHOP TALK MIKE KENNEDY AND HOLGER NOTZEL AMP MAKERS, KOMET AMPLIFICATION

Baton Rouge-based Komet Ampliication craft a range of exactingly made and stunning-sounding boutique amps. We hear from the company’s founders about how they’re keeping the traditions of their much-missed mentor alive
Mike Kennedy of Komet Ampliication at work on one of his “irst-class battleships”

Those who can, teach. Ken Fischer could, and he did – and while his skill and creations were taken from us too soon, after the completion of around 100 Trainwreck ampliiers, he passed a huge amount of know-how along to the men behind Komet Ampliication, which has continued to ly the lag ever since.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana native Mike Kennedy and German expat Holger Notzel met while attending Louisiana State University in the early 1990s and quickly discovered they shared an obsession with vintage guitars and valve electronics. Following Notzel’s emigration to the USA with his wife later that decade, they opened Riverfront Music a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, and founded Komet Ampliication in ’98.

Inspired by the work of Trainwreck Circuits amp guru Ken Fischer and bolstered by his contribution to early designs, Komet was off to a lying start in the competitive boutique market, and was regarded from the beginning as a leader in tone-driven professional guitar ampliication. Its debut model, the Komet 60, earned modern-classic status almost overnight. Notzel and Kennedy pushed the premise further, expanding the line-up with new and original designs that pulsed with the DNA of their late mentor, while exploring avenues Fischer might never have ventured into.

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