The services I offer
When I can I do repairs to guitar and bass amps, valve hi-fi and effects. I am currently available for repairs to valve amplifiers only. I never repair mixers, solid state power amps, or solid state hi-fi. Sorry about this – I tend to get swamped with work, which just slows jobs down so nobody gets a good service, so I have to filter my work a bit.
Repairs start at £40. A restoration job on a guitar, bass or hifi amp will usually cost £200-£600, plus major parts like transformers, valves, speakers, repair tanks, filter capacitors – other parts are included in the labour charge. So the amp has to be worth it, at least to you. I will also maintain and repair any amp I have restored, which is how I guarantee my work – if my work fails within three months, for free, and after that at £40 an hour plus parts.
I will sometimes restore valuable vintage amps for sale on a commission basis. Any repairs need to be paid for before I advertise. “Valuable” means worth over £500.
I convert guitar amps for harmonica, being a harp player myself. The philosophy is to recreate the 50s valve PA amps that players like Little Walter used as a matter of course. For a guitar amp this means cutting gain, rolling off high frequencies, and removing the mid scoop in the EQ sections as far as possible. I have standard mods for the Fender Blues Junior, Vox AC10 variants, Laney Cubs and others. Valve amps up to 25 watts make good conversion bases. The cost will be in the region of £60-£100.
AMI jukebox amps
Jukebox amps are complicated and usually completely knackered! I have a lot of experience with Ami valve juke amps, including the devilishly complex stereo Continental. A full rebuild of a totally knackered stereo juke amp would get towards £700, most repairs £300-£400 unless it is a really simple matter, as generally there’s more than one fault contributing to your hums, crackles etc. Conversion from 6973 output valves to EL84, £150 including valves – NOS 6973 are getting more and more expensive, and the new ones are unreliable. Conversion to the rock solid, cheap, readily available EL84 is the way forward!