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good amp techs in phoenix az?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by subbasshz, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. subbasshz


    Aug 11, 2012
    phoenix az
    Im addicted to punishing volume.
    I have been putting off getting a redbear mk120 looked at but the time has finally come where I need to just bite the bullet. any good techs in phoenix area? a shop near me wants to charge 80$ just to get it on the bench. . . Ill pay that if I know its phoenix's finest, so where do ya'll take your tube heads for service?
  2. will33


    May 22, 2006
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    Google says TB'er "B-string" (Jon) is a little over 3 hours away. He knows what he's doing as is also very helpful here. Worth the drive, or perhaps he can refer you to a pheonix tech??

    $80 bench fee isn't too far out of line to me, most are $70-$75.
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  4. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Do they apply that $80 to the total repair cost? If so, what's the problem? If you're not sure, find out. If not, go elsewhere.

    What needs to be understood is the fact that a lot of the repair comes from doing things that don't actually change the unit- this includes checking voltages, making sure it has no bad solder joints, making sure the tube sockets are snug, checking tubes, etc. This not only takes time, it also requires a large investment in test equipment.
  5. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Valley of the Sun (AZ)
    I've used M-Troniks in Mesa with good results.
  6. subbasshz


    Aug 11, 2012
    phoenix az
    Im addicted to punishing volume.
    It was explained to me that 80$ is JUST for basically your spot in line, non refundable, non negotiable, nothing.

    might have to PM B-string. . .
  7. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have had work on tube heads done by tber Timv who is excellent.

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  8. og61pbass

    og61pbass Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Mtroniks in Mesa,good shop friendly ,knowledgable staff...
  9. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Having worked in consumer electronics for over 35 years, I have to say this is the first time I have seen that anyone collects money just for a spot in line and doesn't apply it toward the service work. This is like a cover charge, only to take your date (the amp) to a service department. There's no freaking way I would do this, for several reasons. First, because I understand how service departments are run and need to be run, second, because it's a ridiculous price to pay just to get a place for something on a shelf and third, if it doesn't go toward the service price and they don't apply it to the service bill, it looks like they're trying to make up the difference between the warranty rate paid by manufacturers and retail rate (assuming they're actually a warranty station).

    I don't think they would like me if I went there for service. This is a major reason I'm glad I learned to do a lot of this stuff for myself. If I can't do it, I know others who can but $80 just to plop something on a shelf is BS. What is the shop labor rate?

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