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SFTRs and tech bills, on the rise.

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by BobbyZ, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. BobbyZ

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    I'm good on Twin Reverbs, I like Twin Reverbs. However when I see a master volume model for $1,499 I just gotta look and wonder if they honestly think some fool is going be stupid enough to pay that much! Are they stupid for asking that much or smart?
    Then I see the tech bill posted too, um wow. They spent more than the amp was worth for pretty much nothing from the looks of the actual parts replaced !
    If I didn't hate the Cities so much I'd move down there and open a shop 00202_hMegiNqTWFD_0CI0t2_600x450.jpg :)
    https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/msg/d/saint-paul-fender-amp/7215047251.html
     
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    Wow. Guess I’ve been lucky. Never had a tube amp cost me that much in repairs. Most of my woes were noise storms, usually tracked down to a cold solder joint. Had a few cap jobs along the way too. Once had an amp redplate and when she blew it took out a grid resistor and tube socket. I even had some mods done to an amp which took the tech much longer than he anticipated. But still, nothing even close to $800 in labor.
     
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    I'm thinking The Good Guys either didn't like Best Pawn or they were just trying to keep the lights on.

    Either way the real winner here is the guy who pawned the broken SFTR.
     
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    corliss1 Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Pretty sure this has been posted before, with lotsa fun discussion :D
     
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    I just want to know what the hourly rate was, because either they spent way too much time at a reasonable rate or charged way too much for a reasonable amount of time...
     
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    Even at $100/hr, that's 8 hours of work. Something doesn’t seem right to me, and I doubt the pawn shop is naive about this.
     
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    Jeffrey Falla (Tone Tron amps and Fender guru guy) in Minneapolis did my 71' SFTR job (caps, ticking tremolo, blackfacing and a few other stuff) for a lot less than that (I mean, WAAAAAAYYYY less).

    $800 of labour is outragous.
     
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    $800 labor? Some got ripped a new one there. That'd be close if he built the guy an amp from supplied parts maybe!
     
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    And that grill cloth... eeeewwwwwwww. It has been used as a BBQ grill ?
     
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    "Board Leakage"?

    None of the parts replaced add up to any kind of major repair. Looks like grid stoppers were added to address the squeal.
     
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    Unbelievable someone would pay that for a Twin repair.
     
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    So maybe they didn't.
     
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    1 hour= $800/hr
    2 hours= $400/hr
    4 hours=$200/hr
    8 hours=$100/hr
    16 hours= $50/hr

    Just trying to live up to my nickname: "Mr. Obvious"

    I think it probably took them the 16 hours to do the repairs......

    Or, maybe it took them a full 40 hour week. In which case they only grossed $20/hr- barely above the minimum wage.
     
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    One point on a line doesn't define a trend. Look for trends and you'll separate the outliers for the normal.

    There's always someone asking too much for something and someone charging too much for repairing that something.
     
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    Maybe the repair shop faked the invoice to help the pawn shop justify their asking price for the amp.
     
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    That was our best guess in the previous thread.
     
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    One of the reasons I learned how to do my own repair work right there.
     
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    Since it didn't come up in the last thread either, someone put a shop tour of The Good Guys on the web. Glad to see a work bench worse than my own.

    Not much posted on their Facebook page since January, hope Mark, Issac and Scott are okay.
     
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