Most modern small venue mixers are constructed onto a single printed circuit board (PCB). To do any work on them I have to remove every knob and nut (Too many knobs and nuts, like a gay night club). That’s an hours labour before I even get to find the fault and fix it.
I used to burn the midnight hours coding computer programs. This bracken fern style picture is generated by a fractal generator I wrote from scratch. I think the program got deleted (probably on a non-readable floppy disk somewhere!). The fractal was generated in monochrome at a very high resolution then each pixels intensity was set by the number of hits within its bounds. I then gave it a green tinge.
Fuck all to do with amp repairs though!
Tony from Oldham’s ‘A Band Of Gypsies’ (ABOG Reverb Nation and on North west bands) had some work done on his Marshall DSL 50. He didn’t like the fist pair of EL34’s I put in so I changed them for a pair of pricey but highly praised Svetlana Winged C’s. They were Hot running high gain selected tubes for that bluesy compressed late break up.
I also fixed a couple of Marshall 4×12 cabs for Tony. The jack socket switch contacts always go on them so I replace them with Neutrik gold plated jobbies that should last a bit longer.
In July I had a visit from local prog rock artist John Graham of the band Ontofield (see www.ontofield.com). His Blackstar needed a couple of new tubes.
Two TOA 500 Series A-512E 120 Watt 100V Line PA Amplifiers for sale. In good clean working condition. Passed PAT test.
- 120 Watt RMS output into 4 Ohms or 50,70 or 100 Volt line.
- 5 inputs with front panel level (3 Microphone, 2 aux)
- 1 aux input with fixed level.
- 1 tape out, 1 aux out.
All signal inputs and outputs by 5 pin DIN. Speakers are on screw terminals.
Call 01457 597018 or use the contact form to get a quote for audio gear repairs.
I have had a Marshall 1960A Lead 4×12 cabinet in with problems.
Only two out of the four drivers were working on mono 4Ω mode and one of the four was making bad noises. This cab relies on the switch contacts on the two jack sockets to connect the two pairs of drivers in series (16Ω) or parallel (4Ω) depending on which socket is used. The switch contacts on the original sockets are nickel silver or tin plated and can’t stand much current without burning out. This is what happened in this case. The arcing had heated the contact enough to melt the plastic body.
To fix the fault I replaced both switch jacks with gold plated Neutrik / Rean NYS2152G replacements. They fit perfectly and should last a bit longer than the originals. I also sprayed the centre Mono / Stereo switch with contact cleaner. There was also a loose spade connector on one driver which I pinched up with pliers to solve the bad noises.
Please note 4×12 has been sold.
Marshall JVM 210H Valve Head £666
Owner needed something much quieter as they are doing tiny gigs.
12 months old gigged only a handful of times
This amp was fully serviced in November 2014 and had a new set of EL34 power tubes. It is fully functional and PAT safety checked.
Packed with modern features including three modes per channel, MIDI, dual master volume, series & series/parallel effects loop, reverb and a programmable footpedal connected via a standard guitar lead.
100-Watt valve head
Valve complement: 5 x ECC83 (12AX7s)and 4 x EL34
independent, footswitchable channels – Clean / Crunch and Overdrive
Each channel boasts 3 footswitchable modes Green, Orange & Red
Studio quality, footswitchable digital reverb with level controls for both channels.
2 footswitchable master volumes
Two FX loops Series/Parallel & Parallel
Emulated line out
4 way footswitch with memory capabilities (UK patent pending)
All switching can be done via MIDI
Made in England
Marshall 1960BV 4 x 12″ Speaker Cabinet £SOLD
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