Anyone had their Vintage Amp repaired by Skip Simmons?

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  1. AxemanVR

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    FYI, just found this during a web search:

    Casey Gooby website.JPG
     
  2. ozcal

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    skip is down the road from me... sometime i plan on getting an old 1482 off to him as well as my beloved h&h ic100 combo...

    to the OP, i d look closer to home as well... seems like you have a few options...

    good luck
     
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    If I was in Minnesota, I'd go to Savage Audio.
     
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    Good luck with your search but if you decide to send it to either Skip or Fargen Amps, you will not regret it.
     
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    King Fan Friend of Leo's

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    If you read many repair threads on TDPRI, it's smart to find a tech you can trust. A national guru is one way. Local research is excellent for reasons @MilwMark mentions. If you live in Frostbite Falls like @BobbyZ, you gotta either solder or schlep. (s'OK Bobby, I grew up in the upper Midwest -- I can relate to block heaters and ice-fishing shacks left out on the lake a day too long...)

    But way too many threads here go like this: "I took my amp to a tech and now it sounds bad and all the shiny blue caps turned orange."

    OTOH, that nice prose poem by our friend @CoolBlueGlow made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.... :D
     
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    If you're in the northern California area, or are for some reason willing to ship your chassis there, I can recommend Mike Pascale of http://VintageFenderAmpRepair.com without hesitation. He's in Santa Rosa, CA.

    He's done some good work for me. I trust him to retain the vintage tonal character of my amps, to be honest in all dealings, and to follow through with what he said he'd do. Good guy.
     
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    If you do go the shipping route check Billy Penn 300 guitars he's in New Jersey absolutely top shelf repairs of all vintage Fenders. he is easy to get a hold of and talk with ,one of the most knowledgeable guys I ever had the pleasure to meet he does it all! Builds amps,guitars and is also an incredible player and great guy
     
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    Some years ago sent a old se6L6 recordplayer conversion into Skip to work his magic, he did a slight voicing mod, changed out some filters and it came back a monster and will hold its own to an old tweed Princeton :)
     
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    Well, I've decided to go with Todd at Dave's Guitar...

    Skip never called me back, Casey didn't answer his phone and the local guy just rubs me the wrong way.

    I figured that Dave wouldn't keep some hack on his staff for over 14 years, so he must be good, and I just liked his personality over the phone...

    I'll let you know how it all works out and thanks everyone for all your help!

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    Oh boy, he's no hack. A noble gentleman and an able technician. I would be very surprised if things are not to the best they could be. I support your choice.
     
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    Well, good news! (I hope)...

    Todd (at Dave's Guitar) said the problem was simply a shorted speaker output jack (bad solder joint).

    I was SO sure it was the output transformer (ka-chinge!!$!$!).

    Whew!

    He says everything else looks to be in fantastic shape (especially considering its age) and he even suggested NOT to change anything at this time - even the original filter caps!

    He did advise me to keep an eye on things (like tubes turning red hot) but, since I told him that I'm not interested in pushing it too hard, he thinks I should be able to catch any serious problems before they get out of hand.

    He did say the tubes were biased very cold, so he got them up to a more proper level and assured me that the amp sounds sweeet.

    Unfortunately I won't be able to get it until Friday.

    Anyway, bottom line: He's only charging me $52 for the entire service! And that includes a new Switchcraft jack!

    I find myself feeling both completely confident and a little like it's perhaps too good to be true.

    I guess I'll find out for myself on Friday whether it was a totally successful outcome and I am certainly anxious and excited to hear it again!

    Stay tuned...

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    That's cheap ! I don't like leaving old electrolytics in a as a general rule but at home if a guy knows what he's doing it's probably ok.
     
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    That's fantastic news and a great price. Wish I lived closer to Dave's.
     
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    Well, I suppose the proof is in the pudding, so I'll let you decide...

    Here is my first test recording using the SB-12:



    Three tracks:
    1) Rhythm Guitar 1 - Full Strumming - Panned Left
    2) Rhythm Guitar 2 - Single Strums - Panned Right
    3) Solo Guitar - Center

    Signal Chain:
    2003FenderAVRI52TeleN+B> 1965AmpegSB12PortaflexAmp> ShureSM57Mic> ArtTubeMPStudio#1> BehringerMDX200Compressor> DBX1531XEQ> YamahaREV500Reverb> ArtTubeMPStudio#2> ZOOMR24AudioInterface> MacBookPro2015> ReaperDAW.

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    Sounds good ! So it's a 65 Ampeg Portaflex? I love old Ampegs !
    Just keep an eye on it, like the tech said, for anything wonky.
     
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    Davis's is a top notch shop too. It is good he is far enough away from the twin cities or I would be there every weekend. It is tough enough with all the great guitar shops we have in the cities as it is. I went to the musician's trade show in Eagan MN today and had a great time visiting with old friends. luckily I got out of there with my wallet intact. There was a late 70's Super Reverb there for $650.00 and I was sorely tempted.
    thanks John
     
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