1. avatar spongeback
    My first post!
    dont know much about it but valves keep blowing.
    is there anyone good around the belfast area who might be able to help me out?
    cheers.
  2. avatar greensleevesisgod
    What on earth does the colour have to do with anything?

    My amp is black and it has never hindered nor helped an amplifier repair man. Neither has my blue tweed amplifier.
  3. avatar Gavin McKay Fan
    I was having trouble with a valve amp a couple of months back. I left it into Bairds. They had it back to me in just over a week and it is working perfectly now. It cost about 60 to have it repaired.
  4. avatar marr-is-god
    if you drob it into the belfast guitar emporium they will be ab;le to have a guy look at it.
  5. avatar stevie j
    Bairds is probably your best bet. They're the only people I'd trust with any of my gear.
  6. avatar scumbag
    Emporium , Matchetts or Marcus, I wouldnt leave ANY amp into any of them EVER. Bairds are reputable but turnaround can be slow. The tech you need is Tony Hamilton who is based in Dundonald and works from his home, what he doesnt know about amps simply isnt worth knowing. Do a search for him here on FF , he is a superb amp technician who really knows his tube circuits.

    Scumbag
  7. avatar unleashedjohn
    I should be talking to Tony tomorrow. He doesn't have a lot of time to log into Fastfude anymore and his amp repairs are now only done as a hobby, but he is the best in the business and worth getting a slot with him if you don't mind waiting on him getting the free time to fix the amp.
  8. avatar spongeback
    [quote:31d5449780]What on earth does the colour have to do with anything?

    My amp is black and it has never hindered nor helped an amplifier repair man. Neither has my blue tweed amplifier[/quote:31d5449780]
    Orange is a brand, you cheesebag.....

    Cheers to everyone else, tony sounds like a good bet.
  9. avatar Davy Cho
    I found Bairds to be a bit slapdash last time I left a head in. I had to take it back 3 times to get it working. One of the time they gave me it back with no valves in it. Muppets.

    I'm gonna try the Emporium next time she blows.

    Rock.
  10. avatar toejam
    I second the Tony option. He fixed my orange in one go after several attempts at other shops in town.
  11. avatar scumbag
    its not a matter of "tony fixed my amp in one go " the difference between tony and Matchetts, Marcus and the emporium is that tony knows what he is doing.he wouldnt have given it back if it wasnt working 100%. does tony even advertise , as far as I can see it his work speaks for itself and word gets around. he serviced a VERY VERY ( did i say Very ? ) expensive tube head of mine in the past and the thought of leaving same with Matchetts Marcus or the Emporium would give me many nightmares to be honest.

    Scumbag
  12. avatar exitonline
    Well I would recommend the Emporium for amp repairs. It's really the only one I have experienced, but due to the complicated nature of the amp fix/repair that was done on mine I would recommend the emporium. Basically, I got a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier in the USA with 110V supply. So I wanted to get the voltage transformer changed to 240V for use here. So I simply bought all the parts required and I was given the direct contact of the guy who does the amp repairs in the emporium and I left it with him. Two days later I had the amp back and its been working ever since.
  13. avatar greensleevesisgod
    [quote:ae742e4182="spongeback"][quote:ae742e4182]What on earth does the colour have to do with anything?

    My amp is black and it has never hindered nor helped an amplifier repair man. Neither has my blue tweed amplifier[/quote:ae742e4182]
    Orange is a brand, you cheesebag.....[/quote:ae742e4182]

    lol
  14. avatar rahamilton
    Hi Guys.

    Just seen this post. Thank you everyone who said something good about me!

    As unleashed John says, I now only do repairs as a hobby - just charging enough to cover my costs and put off the real timewasters. I take pride in my work, and will stand by it.

    Spongeback - If it's the output valves that keep blowing, bear in mind that they should be replaced as a full, matched set and the bias adjusted to suit. Avoid cheap chinese rubbish and buy from reputable dealers that have actually tested them. (Watford Valves, Hotrox etc.)There are a lot of "Rejected by the good dealers" stuff that ends up on the internet. There might not be anything actually wrong with the amp...

    If I can help you, my email is tony@tonyandlisahamilton.co.uk

    Best Regards

    Tony Hamilton
  15. avatar scumbag
    yup, Hotrox all the way for tubes, Mark at that store is a gent and he knows his nos and modern production products very well indeed.

    Scumbag