The services I offer

NB I no longer take in repairs from all comers. I now limit this work to established customers only. There are alternative repairers. The reason is that I just get swamped with repair work all the time, and the bigger more interesting jobs get put back by this, then everyone has to wait and no-one is happy including me. So apart from my regular customers, for whom nothing will change, I now just do the larger restorations of vintage and valuable amplifiers, including preparation for sale. These are with few exceptions valve-based.

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 £30 an hour plus parts.

Harmonica conversions

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 £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 would get towards £600, most repairs £200-£300 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!