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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:31 pm 
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I'm looking for someone in the GTA/Hamilton/Waterloo and surroundings with experience on restoring/repairing tube amplifiers.
I worked a bit on transistors amps but never on tubes..

The amp is an old Electrohome 6v6 and is in working condition, but would like to have it recapped.
The preamp is not in working condition and only half the tubes light up. A bad tube could be the cause?

I hope to find someone willing to accept trades for the restoration services, since this is my first tube amp and I'm not sure if the tube sound is for me.

Please reply if you can help with this. Thank you!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:38 pm 
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Look up Dan Santoni in Hamilton.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:37 pm 
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Yep, Dan is the man.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:54 am 
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Might be a little outside your area:
Ideal Innovations
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 am 
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Thank you for your suggestions.
Both Dan and Syd seem to do this as a profession so I doubt any trade would be of interest to them.

If there is someone that is willing to take a trade in full or partial for these services, please contact me.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:53 am 
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Pop into your local Long & Mcquade and see who's doing their amp repairs.They might be able to recommend somebody.
Also, I recall a guy named Chris Church(905-385-6872) out of Hamilton on KIJIJI doing guitar pedals,amps,pro audio stuff etc...mods/repairs.

I'm assuming it's a SA-40S you have.As rudimentary as they come.Maybe $50 in caps and a 3-prong power cord.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:03 am 
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Yes, the amp is an sa-40s with 6v6 tubes. Is it decent as a first step into tubes?
There is a preamp/tuner too, but only half the tubes light up on that one.

Seems fairly easy to recap, but I assume there is more to tube amps than just recapping


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:38 am 
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In the right hands you might be able to squeeze some fidelity out of them.
If you had to pay it could cost you.Would make a cool stereo guitar amp with some mods though.

Gary


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:50 am 
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I assume that the old Electrohome amp and preamps from consoles are fixed bias.
So if all that takes to restore an old tube amp is replace the caps and tubes that need replacing, besides cleaning the pots, then I can attempt that. Is there something important that I am missing?
I would just need to buy a tube tester


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:36 am 
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Yes fixed bias with a DC hum balance pot.
If you're comfortable go for it.Make it a thread.
Could get by without a tube tester.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:01 pm 
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You could always do the recapping yourself and maybe change out some resistors as they could have drifted. Then you could take it to Dan to have him look it over. He's pretty reasonable and won't gouge you


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Dan did some upgrades and repairs to my Mastersound tube preamp. Improvements that can be heard at a fair price....and a great guy as well. I would highly recommend him.


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