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Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by BigDaddy » 03 Sep 2017, 10:04

Hey All,

Can anyone recommend an amp tech in Adelaide? I have a hybrid Vox guitar amp that hums like a mofo that needs a trained eye. Grounding problem by the looks.

I recall someone mentioning a German bloke up near ?Campbelltown....google and forum search has yielded nichts on that. Proharmonic was the other one that popped up - they're pretty close by


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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by DoctorJohn » 03 Sep 2017, 10:13

You're probably thinking of old manfred who used to build the MFB tube guitar amps. Very knowledgeable fella. He repaired my Bugera head as he's the authorised service tech for them here.

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Frank from FM Audio is also highly respected. I've never used him, but my guitarist takes all his old school mesa boogie gear there and he does excellent work. But he's in quite high demand.
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by BigDaddy » 03 Sep 2017, 10:24

Thanks mate - I'm sure this is a simple fix like a dodgy cap or poor ground in the OD circuit.
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Aussie Mark » 03 Sep 2017, 10:37

DoctorJohn wrote:
03 Sep 2017, 10:13
Frank from FM Audio is also highly respected.
When I lived in Adelaide he was my go-to guy for amp and PA repairs. Does great work, but is very busy.

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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Frobie » 21 Nov 2017, 23:35

Frank Portelesi Custom Music
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Rocksolid » 22 Nov 2017, 08:31

Rob, at Pro Harmonics. I've been taking gear there for the best part of a decade. I live 3 streets from FM Audio....
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Frobie » 22 Nov 2017, 09:43

Rocksolid wrote:
22 Nov 2017, 08:31
Rob, at Pro Harmonics. I've been taking gear there for the best part of a decade. I live 3 streets from FM Audio....
I know Frank is very good with Valve/Tube amps more so than SS stuff.
Is Pro Harmonic more aligned with Solid State amps then Rocksolid as it would be handy to know a reliable tech like this Rob you mentioned. Most of my stuff these days is SS..I have a couple of ancient valve heads still around that could be looked at as well.
Thanks for the input.
Blimey the more I start to think about stuff from years ago names then start popping into my head. Bob Dixon is a name from ancient 70's days. I rmember getting stuff fixed by him..cant remember the street..Pulteney or King William st..right down the end near Sth Tce. Seems like it was 100 years ago loll Morry James is Sturt St too..oh heck i'm getting/got old loll
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Barney » 22 Nov 2017, 16:12

Rob from Pro Harmonic can service SS and tube gear, highly recommended.

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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by BazzBass » 22 Nov 2017, 18:18

Pro Harmonic
12 Charles St
Forestville

Rob : 08 83714365
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Rocksolid » 22 Nov 2017, 20:02

Rob does everything from servicing of old analogue desks in studios, to rehousing vintage valve amps so they are now able to be used in the road.

He has worked on both SS and tube amps for me, also pedals, preamps etc.

He is also the Avalon service agent for Australia I believe.
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by DoctorJohn » 23 Nov 2017, 09:28

Frobie wrote:
21 Nov 2017, 23:35
Frank Portelesi Custom Music
Eeep. I took my Hartke SS amp there to be repaired after one side of the stereo power amp failed. He "fixed" it, blew it up again and charged me for the privilege :crazy: I took my amp home in the same state it was originally and $100 lighter.

He's probably good at fixing his own amps, i wouldn't take anything to him ever again though :rollno:

After my experience, i've heard some other horror stories.
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by BazzBass » 23 Nov 2017, 11:32

yeah he's always been a bit dodgy

he's around the corner from me, we sometimes rehearse there if Derros is booked out. I pop in there for little things from time to time,popped in to buy a cable,walked out with an SX Jazz for $299 that has a slimmer and nicer neck than my MIA and MIM basses lol so it's not ALL bad hehe :)
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Frobie » 24 Nov 2017, 00:04

Thanks for the tips guys about Rob at Pro Harmonic. I'll try him if I need a good amp tech. Ive never used Frank at Custom Music personally as he was recommended by a mate, although I have met him once, but i'll wipe that name off my list now..thanks for the insight on him guys. Its actually been many years since I needed any type of amp repair, which is why I mentioned Bob Dixon from years back, so its handy to have a reliable name to make note of for future reference from you other Adelaidians especially. I hope my Peavey MKIV head never breaks down but its handy to know where I might take it if it does. Knowing Charles St runs off Leader St he cant be far from Derringers...although over the years i've never dealt with them either. Anyhow thanks for the input guys.
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by BazzBass » 24 Nov 2017, 11:38

I rang Rob about 2 years ago to get a pedal repaired. He was flying out to Sydney for 2 weeks to wire up a new/upgraded recording studio.

I figure if a studio in Sydney flies in a tech from Adelaide for 2 weeks, he MUST be good :)
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Re: Amp tech in Adelaide

Post by Frobie » 27 Nov 2017, 00:34

BazzBass wrote:
24 Nov 2017, 11:38
I rang Rob about 2 years ago to get a pedal repaired. He was flying out to Sydney for 2 weeks to wire up a new/upgraded recording studio.

I figure if a studio in Sydney flies in a tech from Adelaide for 2 weeks, he MUST be good :)
Well said Bazz..thanks again.
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