* Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repairs I + II Combined ~ Save $100

This intensive seminar combines two outstanding courses at a savings, offering a complete and invaluable overview of the information necessary to delve into the world of tube amp diagnostics, repairs and modifications on one’s own, from the standpoint of the amp repair professional.  Registrations are limited. Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830

The diagnostics and repair of a tube amp is perhaps equal parts science and art – there are very few places to learn it and few masters of the craft willing to divulge their hard won secrets.  This seminar offers a rare opportunity to learn the fundamentals and more advanced techniques of the art and craft of tube amp diagnostics and repair with a master amp technician. This class represents more than just the keys to a vocational opportunity – here’s a chance to learn from one of the best in the business.

Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair I students gain a broad understanding of tube amp circuitry and troubleshooting and learn closely guarded trade secrets. Lectures and demonstrations supplement the course materials. The demonstrations will range from emergency repairs to full restoration.  Options for the scope of repairs are disclosed.  Suggested tools and materials for an emergency repair kit will be outlined.

Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair II – Advanced Techniques students will learn to use an oscilloscope in conjunction with a signal generator in addition to decibel meters and frequency counters to modify tone.  This course focuses on tube theory; to determine wattage, tube parameters, and how to get the most out of diagnostic equipment. Fine details of sound will be demonstrated, explained and discussed. Modifications, advanced implementation of effects systems and pro audio interfacing will round out the curriculum.

Registrations are limited to 8 students.

Topics

Diagnostics I

  • Safety rules and how to safely discharge an amp
  • Preliminary testing
  • Digital voltmeter test functions
  • Breaking down the circuit into basic sections and the Scientific Method
  • Block diagram of the basic sections of an amplifier
  • The order of power supply function
  • The order of “signal flow” from wall outlet to tubes, and from guitar signal to speaker
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Emergency repair preparedness

Diagnostics II

  • Reading advanced schematic diagrams
  • Deep signal flow
  • Advanced testing
  • Oscilloscope functions
  • Tone modifications
  • Decibel meter test functions
  • Pro audio interfacing
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Emergency repair preparedness

Fee

Tuition includes lecture/demonstrations with Q and A. The student will receive the Amp Diagnostics I & II handbooks with valuable reference materials and course information. A catered lunch and refreshments included and are served each day.

*Course fee: $1289*  An early registration discount may apply.

Instructor

Kye Kennedy 

Kye brings decades of experience as an amp and stage technician working for an impressive roster of clientele in Nashville, the mid-south and around the globe. Kye  teaches Amp Diagnostics exclusively at the Chicago School of Guitar Making. His extraordinary amp diagnostics curriculum is well thought out and lucid.

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Kye Kennedy at Specimen

REGISTRATION

Register for any of our classes online, by phone or in person. Please note: Registrations are final and nonrefundable. In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition. Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.

BY PHONE

773-489-4830

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ONLINE

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IN PERSON

Come by the shop during business hours to enroll using cash, credit card, or a personal check.

AREA ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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SPECIMEN PRODUCTS, Inc.

The Chicago School of Guitar Making

ADDRESS   1240 N. Homan Ave. Chicago IL 60651

HOURS   Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 pm, and Saturday: 12 – 5

EMAIL  info@specimenproducts.com

PHONE  773-489-4830

 

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