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willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

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Mar 14th, 2017 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond101- Ditto on the hierarchy of PITA amps to service :-).

It is reassuring to know there are proficient and knowledgeable techs on here keeping the faith after many of us have either passed on or taken a back seat in the rocking chair. :)

w

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Mar 14th, 2017 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

NURSE! Get that man his tapioca!

And a soldering stick!

willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

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Mar 14th, 2017 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate tapioca!!! :)
Hey, all good things do come to an end sometimes, and I figure 54 years was enough...then you try to find new good things...such is the case :)

I think back on the amp techs I've met on here from way back '99, 2000 and so...and there were several that became good friends, allies and business cohorts...some just "runnoft", some were chased away, some passed away, and some just faded away, and a few are still lurking here.

Lot's of lore and logic laced with luck has been passed on here. There was a time when I would get many emails a day asking for tech advice. So much so that at one time, I spent a couple hours a day, in addition my job of actually working on amps and guitars, answering tech questions via email and on-line. It is gratifying to know there are some good techs hanging here that know their stuff and continue to help folks with tech issues.

Now back to the subject at hand....hope the Classic 30 gets back to work soon.

willie

(This message was last edited by willie at 12:29 PM, Mar 14th, 2017)

Hammond101
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Mar 14th, 2017 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Willie, that means a lot coming from you.

As for the tapioca, it might be a good thing. I'm having back issues this week. Ouch! Putting an amp up the bench would not be fun.

willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

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Mar 14th, 2017 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It will wear on you after the years my friend...on that you can be sure. ;)

w

Bubbalou

USA

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Mar 14th, 2017 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It will wear on you after the years my friend...on that you can be sure. ;)"

Yep, that is why I sold my 27lbs GK amp head and bought a 6lbs Genz Benz amp head and to Small 12" Neo cabs for bass.
Two of the heaviest amps I had to repair was a 1965 Fender Super Reverb and Twin Reverb amps. After 2 back surgeries I can not longer lift heavy stuff

Hammond101
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Mar 14th, 2017 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a guy bring be a Quad Reverb last month. No casters. Fun......Not!

I'm usually pretty durable however I tweaked my back over the weekend changing the jib on my buddy's sailboat. Pain and pleasure all at once.

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Mar 14th, 2017 02:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh...you're talking about heavy amps.

I thought this was about tapioca wearing on you.

As you were.

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Mar 14th, 2017 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

so the C30 I bought Sunday morning, gigged with Sunday afternoon up and died Sunday night when I plugged in at home. So now there's two out of commish.

I did some searching for amp techs around Ft Lauderdale and found a good one I think. Over the phone he knew the amp and has worked and dozens. The C30 is a popular amp at the Univ of Miami and he has fixed plenty.
I took the amp to his shop and it turned into an hour BS session. So lets see how the fixes and prices go. $65/hr bench time

Back to remodeling the new house. The Mrs said my break is over

Hammond101
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Mar 14th, 2017 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Shucks, sorry to hear that. If it's a bus wire have him change them all and increase the wire gauge.

Building a support for the center circuit board with a piece of aluminum angle and a couple of stand offs should keep it from happening again.

picnic
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Mar 15th, 2017 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

a bad JJ EL84 killed the first amp. When the 2nd amp started humming, I swapped out the power tubes and unknowingly put the bad JJ in. Toasted the second amp. I bought the JJ's new in December.

both repairs are the same. some parts, tubes and bench time.

stratcowboy
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Mar 15th, 2017 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That sucks!

ejm

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Mar 19th, 2017 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tubes will go bad. But there is no reason that they should take out the entire amp.

Do you know exactly what went wrong?

And more importantly, what can be done to keep this from happening again?


willie

Too Near Atlanta GA

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Mar 19th, 2017 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sometimes a tube element will short and take out a resistor or some other part with it...it happens.

Modern production EL-84's are notorious for this.

w

(This message was last edited by willie at 08:18 PM, Mar 19th, 2017)

Leftee
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Mar 19th, 2017 08:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I used to work on amps I would tell guys - new, tested power tubes every 6 - 8 months of hard gigging/rehearsals. More often for EL84s. Especially EL84s in combos.

picnic
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NJ/FLA

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Mar 20th, 2017 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

the tech said resistors got taken out. Nothing that can't be repaired.

Leftee
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Mar 20th, 2017 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent!

I had a C30 years ago. Great amp!

littleuch
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Mar 21st, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too had a C30 for a while back 5 years ago or so. It was a fun amp, but way more than anything I need these days. That said, what Willie and Hammond said ^ would give me pause if I were to be in the market again for such an amp.

ejm

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Mar 22nd, 2017 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"the tech said resistors got taken out."

We still don't know *exactly* what the problem was or what resistors. Until we know that, we don't know if it could have been avoided or not.

"Nothing that can't be repaired."

Given enough time and/or money, almost anything can be repaired.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 11:51 AM, Mar 23rd, 2017)

picnic
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Mar 26th, 2017 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got both amps back and gigged them last night. I put them side by side after seeing a friend's setup at his Stones tribute band show. He had two Fender Mustang III's side by side and it looked cool. I never used both of mine at the same time, but it sure looked great.

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