I have been privileged to work on some beautiful examples from musical history and some excellent new amplifiers made by genuine craftsmen proud of their work. I have also been plagued by the nightmare of modern manufacturing methods where an otherwise good sounding amp is compromised by cheap components and mass production decisions. Here is a small collection of both of these categories

How to Repair a Fender Bandmaster

Are you interested in a repair of the classic Blackface era of Fender amps? Grab a coffee, pull up a chair and join me as we restore this classic all-tube hand wired Bandmaster amp from 1965

Blackface Fender Princeton Repair and setup

The Blackface Princeton was in need of some TLC. The owner wanted to make the transition from a collectors amp to a reliable gigging amp. This is an important decision that requires due respect. In the end, an amp is made to be played, not looked at. This is the non-reverb version. My favourite. If the techno-babble is too much, just jump over to about 17 minutes….what a sound!

“A Smokin’ Hot Blonde”: the mysterious case of the blonde Brownface Fender Bassman, and its repair

This gorgeous 1962 Brownface Fender Bassman with white tolex came to me via Sunburst Music in Sydney. This poor girl was smoking, so the sleuthing begins with what was burned and what other dark secrets lie beneath.

How to tell if your Classic _ Amplifier is wired for 240v or 120v. “Watts my Volts”

In Australia, our mains power is 240VAC, so we need to be extra careful plugging in an American amplifier. Has it been converted, or are you about to cook a very expensive power transformer? In the USA, you may not create the same fireworks, but your Aussie or European product will not work correctly. Here’s a short video to help you know if has been converted.