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Dante

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What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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I don't know how these guys stay in business sometimes. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, so I gotta assume all these guys are like this;

I bring an amp to a guy, and they end up having it for OVER FOUR MONTHS. He says it's done, was supposed to send me a bill and ship it yesterday....nothing. I emailed him today, telling him I'd pay him as soon as he sends me a bill....still waiting. He's making this a lot harder and longer than it needs to be.

When I brought my MP-2 to a local guy a few years ago, he had it for EIGHT months. Only to call me later and say he couldn't find the parts to fix it. I brought it to "the authorized ADA repair guy" in the SF Bay area and he had it for another SIX MONTHS. A year after that, it's noisy again (smh)

Rant over
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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Honestly most don't and won't work on anything with IC's on them. I am in southern California and can't find anyone to step to a mp-2 or classic or anything like that. A mp-1 is a little more friendly to a select few but most of these guys want to work on old fenders and marshalls wich is a different story. There are a ton of vintage tube amp guys but anything digital is lacking. I took ma mp-2 to a go and he looks at it and says (this thing has tubes in it!) totally lost. yep it is a problem.
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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My Hughes & Kettner is in the Palm Desert. Not that I'd recommend the guy for a timely repair, but he may be near you & he's familiar with the H&K midi programmability features. That's the part that throws the local guys. They see another PCB (or two or three) in there and go ...whoa....wait a minute.

The guy is gonna take 4 months to get $200. Maybe 5 months...who knows. What an unnecessary saga (sigh).

Maybe he can fix an MP-2 with a little help from us on here?
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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Hey Dante

I promise I will fix your classic sooner then 4 months  ;D

But you are right as soon as there is digital stuff involved they s**t their pants. You can't believe how many butchered mp-1's I got in that got in the hands of those so called techs. Sometimes I think they only have a 500W soldering iron.

I guess the problem is education, most are self taught and didn't have a proper electronics education or degree and only know some basic analog (tube) stuff.
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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I promise I will fix your classic sooner then 4 months  ;D

I haven't had that thing for over a year, take your time
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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Let's hope it doesn't take 4 months to arrive  ;D
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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Ok so not the same kind thing but similar story, I know of an amp repair guy and I asked him to take a look at my Rockman Sustainor (guess who ended up looking at it for me  :lol: :???: ).  Anyways the guy was initially up for it and thought he could look at it.  Later on he got back to me and as he had never heard of the piece of gear had decided not to look at it.  I remember thinking had I brought it too him it would have been in his hands and he couldn't back out, but since he hadn't got it yet and I assume he really hasn't heard of it he decided it was out of his league.

I've another item rotting away I'd love looked at and I think I asked him to check this out too!  It's Boss GL-100 and he just flat out declined that one because he had never heard of it either!  That's really  :poop: in my opinion.  But if it was a valve amp apparently he's there  :lol: !!
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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Yeah, that sounds about right Gerry.

"I can solder capacitors and stuff, as long as they're not on a circuit board." 

—Amp Repair Guy :facepalm:
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Re: What is it with "amp repair" guys?
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I hear you Gerry,

           Valve Amps are relatively simple electronics, and while a guy might be able to do magic with valve amps, if you show him something with digital electronics, then you might as well be speaking to him in Swahili. I know a few guys like that, but they will tell you up front, they can't work on that stuff.

      Like MJMP says, they just aren't educated enough to go the complete distance in modern day electronics.

Harley 8)
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