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Unread 04-12-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Krank Goes Out of Business

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On March 22nd, Krank Amplification closed its doors. Ownership decided to not fulfill existing contracts and basically exit the amp business.
Repairs under the Lifetime Warranty are being handled by Krank's parent company, Kinetico Quality Water Systems.
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3304 N Delaware St
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Unread 04-12-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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Their parent company does water quality?

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Unread 04-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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Water filters and what not, apparently.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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Where did you see the statement about Krank closing?



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Unread 04-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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Would really like to know where this news came from. It does sound resonable, since Krank doesn't seem to sell that well.

EDIT: Found some other threads.

http://www.guitarampboard.com/forum/...php?f=5&t=3938
http://www.thegearpage.net/board/sho...php?p=15298090
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I thought these guys had closed up shop at least once before, maybe around 2005. Hmmm.....
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Their website doesn't say anything about it and I can't seem to find a FB page for them either.



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im not really surprised, amps weren't really that impressive. love the krank cabs though.
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Didn't they close down 2 years ago too?

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Unread 04-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #10
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I knew a dude who had a Rev 1 head and cab and could make it sound incredible. But he was the only one.

+1 on loving the cabs. Excellent construction. I'm glad they have an exit strategy that includes honouring the warranties.

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Unread 04-12-2013, 04:51 PM   #11
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With all the e-h8 these got, I'm not surprised.

Too bad, the amps were actually pretty solid sounding and the guys who worked there were nice as hell when I checked them out.
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Maybe shouldn't have gone "endorsement crazy"

Still, sad thing.

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Kind of a cautionary tale. Their amps could sound pretty good (obviously no amp is for everyone) and were inexpensive. What seemed to get them (at least on internet forums) was backlash to very poor marketing. Would have been better to rest on the merits of their amps, but then maybe no as many people would have heard of them.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 05:13 PM   #14
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Weren't reviews of their amps banned on Harmony Central because they had employees fake good reviews?
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Doesn't really surprise me. Krank amps were fine, but with other amps on the market with a better price and newer technology.

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Weren't reviews of their amps banned on Harmony Central because they had employees fake good reviews?
Yep.. Krank employees posted a bunch of phony positive reviews over there.
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I own a Rev 1 combo, and despite starting a thread just this week saying that I was sick of it, I have to say its sounded awesome since day one. I've since decided to keep it since a few hours of fiddling with EQ and stuff was enough to satiate my urge for a different tone and renew my love for its sheer brutality. Krank were never the most sophisticated amps, I've played a few, they have a kind of back door engineering that seems rudimentary but it works. It's the sawn off shotgun of amps. Yes, they aren't for everyone, but hell, name an amp that is. I for one will be keeping mine and will be very sad to see the brand die.



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Unread 04-12-2013, 05:58 PM   #18
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Yep.. Krank employees posted a bunch of phony positive reviews over there.
I also remember them getting a lot of flack about this:
Krank makes a statement about Michael Amott and Ra... - Harmony Central
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Hmm.

I have a Rev1 and I think its great for lower gain rock and thrash. Cleans sound pretty good too.
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I also remember them getting a lot of flack about this:
Krank makes a statement about Michael Amott and Ra... - Harmony Central



That was posted here...


A Statement from Krank Amps
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I own some Krank stuff... very happy with it cause I got it so cheap on the used market.

I wonder if the Bass-Zilla cab did them in.

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Seems like an ill-conceived design (these days mixed drivers in a bass cab are kind of out, unless it's a crossover design)... they shoulda just gone 4x12 on a fridge.
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Keep playing Marshalls like they have been for 3 years now.

I think the only "big" endorsee they had was Michael Wilton from Queensryche, and they haven't been that popular up until last year.
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I was never a fan of Krank amps, the only ones I played were a Krankenstein head and a Rev1 head, neither were mindblowing. Still, it's sad that they have gone under, because at the end of the day that means people losing their jobs and someone's dream coming to nothing.

It sounds like a combination of PR issues, less than brilliant products and pricing (they weren't cheap from what I remember) has put paid to them.

Still, it's strange that their parent company was a water quality business. I suppose they likely became a parent by buying shares in the company when they were young, or by someone from the water company using some of the company's capital as a start-up to make Krank a business.
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