|I first started dabbling in electronics back in 1967-68. I was 11 years old and loved to take things apart and then try and understand how they worked.
Try taking dad's Skill Saw or Car radio apart and then get it back together again before getting a Royal ass whipping!
The TV was definitely off limits as they cost a lot of money back then and few homes even had one. I went to Eckerds drug store off 38th Ave in St.petersburg Florida often to
buy a new tube for our old TV set. It was an old black & white TV set and was always breaking down. Color TV set's were new on the market and expensive at that time.
From there in the mid 80's i started to work on guitar amplifiers and guitars. Not having a clue as to what i was doing for the most part.
I learned quickly and over the years after having many business's decided to give it a shot at amplifier Repair,Restorations & Modifications.
In the 1980's no one for the most part even knew what a guitar tube amplifier was. I would see them in Pawn shops all over the place collecting dust. They were dirt cheap and
nobody wanted them anymore. Pawn shops full of old Fender,Hi Watt & Ampeg's,SUNN & Marshall amplifiers lined the shelves.
There was a big resurgence in guitar tube amplifiers around i'd say 1990, and so i studied and learned from Forums and other sources, how they worked and how to identify a
problem and fix it.
One day in 2005 i believe, i decided to build a website and become more accessible to more people that needed there equipment diagnosed and repaired.
I started out slow with a few customers and quickly became overwhelmed with many people that needed their amplifiers looked at and Serviced.
Over the years i have had the great honor of seeing and working on some of the finest and rarest amplifiers ever created by Fender,Marshall,Gibson, and all of the one off
brands such as Danelectro,Silvertone,Valco,Electro Lab,Oahu, and many,many other's.
I decided to build an amplifier line of my own in 2008 but quickly after several builds had to give that up because my repair work again dominated most of my time.
I still have a few amplifiers that i want to build. But i am still on hold due to the steady repair work which does not give me the time to do both.
I will in the future build another Rockola.
An Octal preamp section using 6SN7 & 6SL7 preamp tubes with smoked grey glass 6L6 coke bottle RCA tubes that is warm,woody and full of the best Blues tone you will hear.
Another is the Gibson Tweed amplifiers from 1950 / 59 that sound incredible and have been severely underrated and overlooked. Good for me and my collector friends.
Higher gain amplifiers have there place as well for sure with our Bad ass 70's & 80's Rock n Roll era bands that will never be forgotten.
For me this has never been about the money. Money is gone quickly and so are the amplifiers if you are not careful.
Low wattage for me is King and offers some of the best tone you will ever hear. Low wattage amplifiers are so articulate and touch sensitive.
I now enter my 38th year of tinkering and learning all i can about this field of work. There is no guess work involved in working with High Voltage.
You either learn how to do this safely and take your time, or you take it to someone that has enough experience to make your amplifier as new and or better than when it was
This takes many decades of knowledge and the learning process never stop's. To this day i still find kinks that amaze me from time to time.
Their are fewer instances of this these days. But there is always that one amp out there that will defy logic,gravity and function.
How do pristine Gummie Bears get into an amplifier that has no inside chassis access except through the input jacks or speaker output jacks?
Especially when the Gummie Bears are 3 times bigger than the input jack access hole? And many other odd ball oddities that your never going to get the answer to.
My job is simple. It is a process of elimination from the Power transformer and on to the B+ rectification,Output transformer,Power tube grid,PI (Phase Inverter)
Power supply resistor nodes and on to the preamp tubes,Biasing, & EQ otherwise known as the Tone Stack.
I thrive on pressure and difficult amplifier issues which in the end for me is very rewarding. If it is broken, it can be repaired.
If you want your prized 1959 5F6A Bassman 410 to sound anything like an original 1959 Bassman you must use the appropriate tone & Coupling Capacitors.
I have seen to many Tremolux,Blondes,6G6,6G6A,AA864 Bassmans,Bandmasters,Super Reverbs, and others using orange drops and other capacitor TYPES that were never
used in any of these amplifiers.
You must use a capacitor that is made of the same type/material weather it be Polypropylene,Polystyrene,Metalized Polyester Film,Metal Film, Ceramic,Silver Mica, etc.
You are going to have a functional amp.But not one that has the same tone as when it was made. Some say there is no difference. I say my ears hear a big difference.
Close to is not good enough for a Collector that has a $20,000 rare Tweed 1957 Bandmaster.
There is no substitute for experience & knowledge.
(1-2) day turnover. If you have an Emergency and need to be playing in 30 minutes, i can find and repair any issue within minutes.