Greetings All, the Bank Holiday weekend approaches! We will be taking a well earned break, closing from 17:00 on Friday May 28th, returning on Tuesday June 1st. May you all have a cracking Bank Holiday weekend!
Greetings All, I hope everyone is safe and well.
In these challenging times, none of us want to endure the stress of having any of our vital music equipment out of action.
With this in mind, we are pleased to announce our new offering, the
“Lockdown Lifeline”, to help you through things.
From now until the lockdown restrictions ease, we will be offering a collection and delivery service, at no extra cost, for customers located within 20 miles of our workshop.
For more details, please call on 01376 502160, or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to assisting you.
Covid-19 update – in response to the current crisis, Essex Amp Repairs will be working limited hours with immediate effect. All work in progress and in the queue, will be completed. However, timescales will, by necessity, be slightly extended.
We respectfully ask all customers seeking to make enquiries to do so via email via email@example.com.
If you do phone the workshop and we are not able to answer, please leave a message. We will respond as quickly as is practical, though this may not be “same day”.
We value your support, and look forward to returning to normal business as soon as circumstances allow.
In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and wish everyone the best of health. Stay safe everybody.
PS: We will post updates here and on Facebook as the situation progresses. Check regularly to get the latest news.
Thanks again, your Essex Amp Repairs team.
Cables are one of those often overlooked items that usually get taken for granted.
They can be the cause of intermittant problems and difficult mid-gig failures. Cables don’t last for ever, but there are a few simple ways you can get the best service life from them.
1/ Always coil your cables carefully, using their natural “lay”. All cables have a natural “lay” in them which stems from the manufacturing process. If you coil your cables carefully and naturally, less stress will be applied to the conducting cores. This will avoid core fractures.
2/ Do not yank on cables which are trapped in some way. Doing this will put strain on the cores, and/or the connectors. This will lead to strain and early core failure.
3/ Avoid placing objects upon the cables (such as speaker cabinets, drum stools etc).
4/ Keep all post-gig “helpers” at bay. They will not care about your cables or the rest of your gear.
5/ Try to arrange things so that there is no “weight” on any of the connectors. For example, if you are plugging into a keyboard, use a cable with right angle rather than straight jacks.
Finally, if you do have a cable failure, quarantine the failed item so that you don’t unwittingly use it at your next gig.
Crackly control pots can be a nuisance on any amp. You can extend the service life of your pots by using one simple technique.
It’s often the case that most control pots end up being set a certain way, and then they get left, or moved very little. Airborne dirt and other contaminants then find their way into the pots. This results in annoying crackles and pops when the pots are turned.
To help prevent this problem, all you have to do is, once in a while, turn them fully from one end of their travel to the other a few times. Then restore your favourite settings.
This takes adavantage of the inherent self cleaning action that most pots have.
Clearly the technique will not repair genuinely worn out pots, but it will help with those that are simply dirty.
Here at Essex Amp Repairs, we’re often asked for amplifier modifications. A common request is for a standby switch to fit an amp that doesn’t have one. Fortunately we can offer the ideal solution to this problem. At very modest cost, we can replace the standard on/off switch with a three stage item, giving “standby” in the centre position. No extra holes or switches in the front panel, just a neat solution that keeps the appearance right. What’s more, if you have your amp serviced at the same time, we’ll fit the switch at no extra labour cost.
This is a great solution for owners of amps such as the Fender Blues Junior, Peavey Classic 30, and old Vox AC series models.
Keep your amp nice and toasty hot between sets with an Essex Amp Repairs standby switch.