Bass Amplifier Repairs

Bass amplifiers tend to be higher rated than guitar amps and are often heavier due to bigger components used, there are obviously departures to this such as some of the new PJB and MarkBass amps.  We service and repair both valve and solid state amps.  Bass amplifier repairs are generally more involved than guitar amps due to their amplifier designs, bigger heatsinks or many more valves in the output stage such as the Ampeg SVT with it's sextant of glass.  That being said bass amps are generally much higher rated than their design specification meaning we don't often see as many.  Typically when a bass amp goes wrong, it does it in quite a big way.  Common faults such as jack replacements, hums and crackles are a straight forward repair though. 

 

Bass amplifiers take much more abuse than guitar amplifiers.  To create the same bass tune at the same volume as a guitar riff takes much more power to move a larger speaker.  Many bass amplifiers we see for repair have shaken themselves to pieces.  Often it starts with the transformer, then the PCB wires shear off, we had a spate of one brand where the transformers started rattling around and all caught fire!  We'll repair all kinds of solid state and valve bass amplifiers from our Harlow based workshop.  

Generally our services only include repair however we have carried out a small amount of modifications.  We will consider all modifications however if you appear with a forum related modification we think is unacceptable or will not deliver what you expect please do not be offended if we decline to modify.