tube combo

Power and personality in a 50-watt combo optimized for pedals.

A well-thought-out bundle of features in a compact, powerful combo for the pedal-friendly age. Lots of personality.

Tube changes require removing the entire chassis.

$1,499

Supro 1932R Royale
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