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Tube Amp Making + Amp Repair I Courses – Amp Camp


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Amp Camp bundles Tube Amp Making and Tube Amp Repair 1: Fundamentals  courses, which are given in series and offered with a discount.

Students will enjoy bringing home their own hand wired tube amplifier, along with the knowledge and confidence to service it.

No prior shop or electronics experience is necessary.

In our Tube Amp Making course, students will make their own guitar tube amp or stereo hi-fi tube amplifier. By hand wiring and constructing an amplifier the student will begin to develop skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair amplifiers.

In Amp Camp students will take the Tube Amp Repair 1: Fundamentals Course following Tube Amp Making.


  • Fee

    Fee Includes $1180 for both course Tuitions + Kit Cost, Tax, Shipping

    Tuition includes instruction, reference materials, the use of a dedicated workbench with specialized tools and all shop supplies necessary to complete the project.

  • Materials and Supplies

    Kit cost is according to choice and includes special tube upgrades, shipping and taxes.

  • Instructors

    Ian Schneller 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.


Guitar Tube Amp Making
Students will observe the stages of the building and wiring process and then carry out the work on their own amps under the supervision of the instructor. Students will obtain a foundational understanding of the way a vintage tube instrument amplifier functions, stage by stage, and learn the craft of point-to-point wiring and how to modify a circuit to shape its tone by changing component values.

Hi-Fi Stereo Tube Amplifier Making
This Stereo Hi-Fi circuit is wired point-to-point but differs from the circuits featured in instrument tube amp making in that it uses individual turrets wherever necessary. The amp circuit constructed in this workshop is derived from the classic single-ended designs that began in the 1930s.  The design is organic and elegant, but most of all timeless, bulletproof, and great sounding! You can plug just about anything into this amp’s input with good results. This circuit features:

  • 8 watts per channel
  • 1 GZ34 rectifier tube
  • 2 6SL7 preamp tubes
  • 2 EL34 power tubes (in this circuit these tubes are interchangeable with KT88s, 6550s, KT66s, KT90s, EL37s, 350Bs and other octal based output tubes with no modifications)

Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair
Lecture, demonstrations and Q & A.

Options for the scope of repairs are disclosed and an emergency repair kit of tools is recommended.

Options discussions will range from immediate repairs to complete restoration to avoid further issues


Topics include:

  • Circuits
  • Block diagram
  • Power supply
  • Signal flow
  • Testing
  • Emergency repair
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Tools and Safety