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 Post subject: Amp repair
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:59 pm 
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I think I may have a blown tube. Anyone have any suggestions on where to take it?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:55 am 
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If anyone has any suggestions other than Abell Audio, I'm all ears.

I love 'em but dang. It'd be nice to have a slightly more economical option.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:06 pm 
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It depends on which tube is blown but you can replace some yourself. There's some (that haven't been inducted into the vacuum tube cabal) that say you can do them all yourself and the mystic rite known as "biasing" is smoke and mirrors created to bilk us regular folks out of cash.

You can generally tell if a tube is blown just by looking at them. Buy a matched set and replace them.

Also, B. Swinski and I would both like to know if there is more than Abell Audio (and I think, Fifth Ave. Fret shop) in town doing this sort of work.


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i have a different guy that i use...
not abel and not the place 5th ave farms there amps out to...

rob is his name... works at lang... but is a great dude...
my sound city keep getting weird and he fixed it quick and cheap and it has been flawless since...

also he was super helpful when i had to troubleshoot some other problems and is just fucking nice.
soooo...
yeah...

he also was willing to come to the practice space and re-tube the organ there so we wouldn't haf'ta move it.

also good at pedals and mods and such....

PM me and i will give you his contact... as i don't have it on me at the moment...

best service i have gotten since mike cox closed up shop.

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I am pretty sure rob also works out of dave bush guitar repair on north high (north of morse). I have heard nothing but good things about him[/list]

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I trust Randy Adkins for my tube amp repairs. He did a complete restoration on my 1968 Fender Pro Reverb and "Black Faced" my amp (pre CBS wiring schematics)

You can drop your amp off at 5th Ave Fret Shop and he'll pick it up, do the repairs and take it back when he's finished. The only problem is that he is usually backed up with several jobs and it might take a few weeks until he gets to it.

http://www.vintageamprepair.com/home.htm


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:17 pm 
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Abell Audio is good and I've used them in the past, but their prices have gotten absolutely ridiculous and border on extortion, so I don't use them any more.

Music Royale in Powell where I work sends their work to Pulse Electronics who only charges $55 an hour, as opposed to Abell's $90 an hour.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:27 pm 
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eqj wrote:
There's some (that haven't been inducted into the vacuum tube cabal) that say you can do them all yourself and the mystic rite known as "biasing" is smoke and mirrors created to bilk us regular folks out of cash.


It's not a scam. Not biasing an amp that needs biased will reduce the amp's efficiency and your amp won't sound its best...sometimes it will even distort in an ugly way. It can also give your tubes an early death and in the worst case can possibly damage your amp. If your amp is Class A/B (Most Fenders and Marshalls are Class A/B), then you DO need to have it biased if you're changing POWER tubes (the big ones). If your amp is Class A (Voxes, Peavey Classic amps, etc, and most amps that run on EL84 power tubes) then you can just buy power tubes and put them in yourself. Preamp tubes on all amps are user-interchangeable.

Even on an amp that doesn't need biased I usually still take it in for re-tubing, because the tech will re-tension the tube sockets, clean out your pots, check for other trouble, etc. Tube amps need extra TLC to keep 'em going in most cases.

Having said all that, there's generally nothing wrong with popping a pair/quartet of power tubes in yourself if it's to get you through a gig. Just make sure you take it in for a biasing as soon as you can.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:30 am 
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jonny5 wrote:
I trust Randy Adkins for my tube amp repairs.


Emphatically seconded.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:18 pm 
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mustainiac wrote:
jonny5 wrote:
I trust Randy Adkins for my tube amp repairs.


Emphatically seconded.


Randy does a great job fixing the amp, but sometimes he takes longer than he says he will. But he really does do a great job.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:50 pm 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I was hoping to avoid Abel. Its good to know there are other options. Its a power tube thats blown. I thought about just changing them out myself, but I just got this amp, so I'd like to have it looked over.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:10 am 
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Saw this on Athens, Oh Craigslist :

Tube amplifier repair.

Vintage Amp Repair
1-614-491-4965

http://www.vintageamprepair.com

BTW, for those who are good at book learnin', I have had a lot of success (and some failures, but a lot of fun) buying out of print books on amp repair, tubes, old circuits and analog theory by combing through Half Priced Books. It seems like back in the 50's and 60's, a lot more people worked on things themsleves...lot's of text books and DIY speaker building plans or even old Popular Science mags can be interesting and fun to read, with projects like how to make a fuzz pedal or build your own Theremin.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 3:54 pm 
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I like reading those books, but they always harp about how I'm going to electrocute myself if I actually try anything. Do you have any favorites you've found? Especially ones that tell me how not to electrocute myself, instead of just warning that I probably will?

I want to finally take my balls out one of these days- they could use the fresh air. And god knows I've spent enough on repairs to last a lifetime.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:39 pm 
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fairplay wrote:
Saw this on Athens, Oh Craigslist :

Tube amplifier repair.

Vintage Amp Repair
1-614-491-4965

http://www.vintageamprepair.com



That's Randy's contact info.

And I'm with ya on the old-book-readin' approach. There is wisdom that comes to this kind of thing, and it's an "art form" and all that shit. But it's not quite as mysterious or elusive as you might think, if you have the interest.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:48 pm 
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Seven Sounds wrote:
I like reading those books, but they always harp about how I'm going to electrocute myself if I actually try anything. Do you have any favorites you've found? Especially ones that tell me how not to electrocute myself, instead of just warning that I probably will?

I want to finally take my balls out one of these days- they could use the fresh air. And god knows I've spent enough on repairs to last a lifetime.


Aspen Pittman will gladly hold your balls if you're taking them out. He's a badass.

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Also, this list looks pretty good.

There is weird irony in web linking how-to's on tube amp repair.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:32 pm 
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this pretty much lays it all out:

http://www.duncanamps.com/technical/lvbias.html

it gives some pretty in depth explanations at first (as it defines each method), but if you start by reading through the instructions on how to actually do it you can get a good idea of what's (gonna supposed to be) happening, and not get immediately discouraged by technical jargon. there's also a whole section (labeled SAFETY ADVISORY) about what they mean when they say 'be careful' - i.e. 'here's how to not electrocute yourself.'

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:57 pm 
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Awesome thanks! I'll check that stuff out.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:22 pm 
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I've worked with Randy at Vintage Amp and only have good things to say about him.


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 Post subject: Re: Amp repair
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:46 pm 
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So, I finally broke down and took my amp to Randy at Vintage Amp Repair and I just wanted to recommend him to anyone that needs work done on a tube amp. Fair prices, quick turnaround, and my amp sounds better than ever.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:50 am 
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teenageteenageteenage wrote:
i have a different guy that i use...
not abel and not the place 5th ave farms there amps out to...

rob is his name... works at lang... but is a great dude...
my sound city keep getting weird and he fixed it quick and cheap and it has been flawless since...

also he was super helpful when i had to troubleshoot some other problems and is just fucking nice.
soooo...
yeah...

he also was willing to come to the practice space and re-tube the organ there so we wouldn't haf'ta move it.

also good at pedals and mods and such....

PM me and i will give you his contact... as i don't have it on me at the moment...

best service i have gotten since mike cox closed up shop.


how long has mike been out of the business? Do you have any way to contact him? He still has this old carvin head of mine that he could never find the awkward mounting power transformer.


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 Post subject: Re: Amp repair
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:05 pm 
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I have used Vintage Amp Repair Randy too

It took him about 3 days to fix it, and he did well

Abell audio estimated 5 weeks and whoever answered the phone used this bitchy little voice, so obviously I will never go there again

I'm a manners guy

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 Post subject: Re: Amp repair
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:23 pm 
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I hesitate to say this, because he's like my own little secret repair guy, but since he has done such great work for me in the past, I have to give him some props. Bob Walker. Walker electronics. 614-237-0701

Anyone else ever go to this guy? He is fantastic at amp repair!


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 Post subject: Re: Amp repair
PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:11 am 
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Not only is Abel expensive, but those guys just aren't happy to see you bring in any work for them. Not personable, just cranky and I'd rather not give them my money. They can do the job, but again...I'd rather it go to someone who seems like they're interested in helping me out.

Randy's good, but not fast. But he loves what he does and knows it inside and out. Definitely the better choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Amp repair
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:39 pm 
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CharlesJunk wrote:
Not only is Abel expensive, but those guys just aren't happy to see you bring in any work for them. Not personable, just cranky and I'd rather not give them my money. They can do the job, but again...I'd rather it go to someone who seems like they're interested in helping me out.

Randy's good, but not fast. But he loves what he does and knows it inside and out. Definitely the better choice.


Exactly. Randy was happy to talk about my amp with me and seemed excited to work on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Amp repair
PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:02 am 
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+1 for Randy Adkins

I had him look over my Bassman 100 head that I got on eBay a while back. It had been giving me some problems, blowing fuses, etc, so I took it in to Randy to get fixed. Let me just say this, this guy loves what he does, he is extremely friendly and knowledgable, and does not talk down to you even if you are a tube amp novice. And on top of all that, his rates beat the pants off of Abell. Highly recommended. 614-491-4965


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