samedi 30 avril 2016

Finding A Firm For Amplifier Repair

By Matthew Allen

If you own a guitar you will also probably own a valve or solid state amp and they will need regular servicing. When faults develop, some musicians will be seeking an amplifier repair. There are a couple of important things you need to think about before having this kind of work done to your equipment.

There are 2 types of amp used by guitarists and these are head units or combo amps with integrated speakers. The prices of the repairs and inspections will vary depending on how many parts are needed and the nature of the problem. Combination amplifiers seem to be a popular choice for amateur musicians due to their size and low cost.

A valve or tube amp will require a routine check up to keep it working efficiently. Most players will keep a spare valve with them, especially if they are gigging regularly. When you are servicing a tube model, it is important to use the correct tubes, and only let a qualified technician do the work due to the voltages involved. When you have this work done by a professional, any repairs or modifications will be covered by a full guarantee.

A transistor amp is much easier to work on and look after by the amateur technician. Simple faults can be rectified using some everyday tools and this will usually not be expensive. If the problem is serious and you are unsure, then it is better to have the job done by an expert technician, and many instrument stores will offer a repair service.

The spares needed to repair an amp can be found on the internet or in your local musical instrument store. When you buy the components you should always ensure that they are covered by a makers guarantee and that they have passed safety inspection. Second hand components can often be utilized and in cases such as speakers for a combo, this can be a less costly way to carry out a repair.

Factory made parts should always be used when at all possible on vintage amps. Using manufacturer made original parts will ensure that the value is maintained and the spares will be the same as the ones fitted when the amp was made. Many factory authorized stores will carry parts for older models and these should be used.

A lot of useful books and tutorials can be found to help the amateur repairer to carry out a simple fix. It is very important to make sure that you have the correct spares and tools when doing any repairs. When the job has been done the amp should be tested by a qualified engineer as many venues will require the amp to have certificates for insurance purposes.

The prices that you will need to pay for your repairs and servicing will depend on how many new parts are required and the man hours needed to complete the job. A simple fault can be fixed for just a few dollars but a more complicated fault can often run into thousands. You should bear in mind that if your amp has to be sent away, the shipping fees and insurance will have to be taken into account, and added on to the total price of the job.

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