Friday, January 11, 2019

Marshall JCM900 4100 Bent Chassis

This poor guy took a tumble off of a 1960 cabinet while still plugged it. Amazingly, non of the tubes were broken and the internal damage was minimal. Old Marshall amps are pretty tough.

Friday, January 4, 2019

What's new for 2019

It's 2019 which makes this 22 years in this business. I've see a lot of things come and go over the years but I'm still excited to open the shop in the morning. Mostly do to all the interesting people I meet every day and the old friends that stop by. Thank you everyone for taking such good care of me.

But what's new this year? Every year this business changes and you have to change with it.

  • The labor rate is increasing to $90.25 per hour from $87.50 it's been a few years since an increase. I don't like to change the price of labor more than 3% or 2% per year on average. 
  • Every repair will be scheduled for a date and time on my personal calendar. I have the date that I'm schedule out to written on the chalkboard in the front room. This really helps me manage my level of stress and also gives customers a better idea of turn around time. 
  • Keyboards and Synths! Yes, I will work on your keyboard or synth. I'm already doing more keyboard repair. BUT! call ahead. Keyboards are big and I can only take on a maximum of three at a time. Also, although there are lots of keyboards and synths that are repairable some are not. I like to see if there parts are available before I agree to take on a keyboard repair.
  • If you've dropped a plastic speaker and cracked it. I now have a plastic welder and can fix that. 
  • I have to get the level of junk under control. This has always been a constant battle at the shop. I've been scraping things out and replacing old shelving. This week I started putting things on eBay. My goal is to sell at least one thing on eBay every day. 
  • A Friday blog. I have scheduled Friday morning as blog time.