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How To Service Your Own Tube Amp

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By amp repairman and guru Tom Mitchell.
Learn basic amplifier servicing skills taught by a pro technician!

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This illustrated workbook explains basic amplifier electronics, servicing skills, maintenance tips, troubleshooting and simple modifications. Speakers, test gear, tools, voltage charts and schematics are demystified.

For Fender, Marshall and many other popular amps. Includes diagnostic charts; explanations of components, electronics and amp functions; maintenance and troubleshooting tips, and simple modifications you can make.

Contents in brief
  • Electronics fundamentals
  • Resistors, capacitors, inductors and transformers
  • Tubes and semiconductors
  • Speakers
  • Amp basics and biasing
  • Tools, soldering and multimeter use
  • How to read schematics
  • Maintenance checklist
  • Voltage charts; troubleshooting flowcharts
  • International voltages and plugs
  • Voltage charts for over 32 amps: Ampeg, Fender, Gretsch, HiWatt, Laney, Marshall, Peavey, Randall, Traynor, and Vox

247 pages, softcover. 1991

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How To Service Your Own Tube Amp
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5 10-08-2012
Tom is the bomb


Im gonna buy this book. I was fortunate to have Tom work on my 74 Marshall... and he always dialed it in. Tom is an educated PRO and I loved to listen to him talk about amps --- even tho most of it flew over my head. I have no idea where Tom is these days...but til this day...I haven't let anyone else touch my amp. Tom you want the goods, buy his book.

jimmygogo  Vallejo,
5 10-04-2012
It's Already Paid for Itself

This book has already paid for itself by helping me with some issues I've been having with one of my amps and with a current build on a new baffled cabinet. I recommend it for those new to tube amps just for the wealth of information it gives you in regards to amplifier maintenance and troubleshooting -- even if you can't repair the problem yourself. The car and water analogies help make it simple to understand some of the terminology or concepts conveyed.

Rebel Exile  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Read my reviews (6)
4 2-08-2012
Good for Beginers

It is a good starting-point for someone who know's enough to use a DMM and a soldering-iron, but doesn't have a good grasp of electronics.

It talks a lot about how resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc work.

After that, the useful info you'll get from this book is how to choose suitable components for replacement, voltage-charts and a few basic mods you can do to common amps.

Overall, it's worth the price.

Middleton Guitars  Southern California Read my reviews (51)
5 9-12-2011
How to Service your own Tube Amp

Anyone in the Music Industry (Band,Sound Engineer,Luthier,Entertainment Direator ect...Will benefit from this book\m/!

wendyamp  Nv
2 1-19-2011
How To Service Your Tupe Amp

Has some good info and flow charts. But who needs a whole chapter on how a speaker was built in order to know how to check it. For me it was not much help.

smithguitars  kentucky
5 8-10-2010
A lot here

This book is deep enough to explain the subject, but simple enough for almost anyone to understand. I used it to learn about tube amps to repair a friends amp. The trouble shooting charts are very good. It will lead you to the parts or parts that are bad, even if they are expensive.

pdbutler  Canoga Park, CA Read my reviews (11)
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