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Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair II


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Students will learn about advanced diagnostic and repair techniques, how to modify tube amps for optimal sound, and how get the most out of advanced diagnostic tools and equipment from a master amp repair professional in this course. Pre-requisite: CSGM Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair I – or similar experience.

Student who have completed this course will be well prepared for our Tube Amp Repair Laboratory.

More than just the keys to a vocational opportunity – here’s a chance to learn tube amp electronics and professional diagnostic and repair techniques from a master technician.

Instructor Kye Kennedy 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. His extraordinary amp diagnostics curriculum is well thought out and comprehensive. Here is your chance to learn from a master amp technician who is one of the best in the business.

This course is a part of our Amplifier Repair Technician Program which is open to students with no electronics experience.

  • Fee

    Instruction with lecture, demonstrations, Q&A.

    Please note that all registrations are final and non-refundable.

    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.

  • Classroom

    Class size is limited to 8 students.

    Course is taught in by an experienced professional amp builder and techician in our guitar and amp service shop.

  • Workshop Safety

    While we make every effort to keep the CSGM workshop clean it can be dusty and at times noisy. We recommend hearing, respiratory, and eye protection be used when working in the shop. We have this safety equipment available for use or purchase when in class and it is the students responsibility to exercise diligent use of these safety measures.

  • Instructors

    Kye Kennedy read bio

  • Location

    1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois 60651   Map

  • Registration

    Register online, in person, or by phone: 773.489.483 . Cash, credit card or a personal check are accepted. Registrations are final and non-refundable. Payment credit is transferable.


Topics include

  • Deep signal flow
  • Tone modifications
  • Pro audio interfacing
  • Schematic diagrams
  • Advanced tools and testing
  • Decibel meter test functions
  • Oscilloscope functions
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Setting up the shop workbench.
  • A tool kit for travel and the stage.

Lectures cover tube theory, tube audio circuits, and repair and modification techniques.

Demonstrations cover advanced diagnostic tools, testing and repair techniques and circuit modifications to achieve specific sound characteristics.

Q & A – Open discussion covering student questions covering amps repair, diagnostics tools, further study, and technician career approach.

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