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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by AxemanVR, Feb 20, 2017.
FYI, just found this during a web search:
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...
If I was in Minnesota, I'd go to Savage Audio.
Good luck with your search but if you decide to send it to either Skip or Fargen Amps, you will not regret it.
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....
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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!!$!$!).
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!
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.
That's fantastic news and a great price. Wish I lived closer to Dave's.
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:
1) Rhythm Guitar 1 - Full Strumming - Panned Left
2) Rhythm Guitar 2 - Single Strums - Panned Right
3) Solo Guitar - Center
2003FenderAVRI52TeleN+B> 1965AmpegSB12PortaflexAmp> ShureSM57Mic> ArtTubeMPStudio#1> BehringerMDX200Compressor> DBX1531XEQ> YamahaREV500Reverb> ArtTubeMPStudio#2> ZOOMR24AudioInterface> MacBookPro2015> ReaperDAW.
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.
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.