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Tube Amp Camp : Making + Repair I Combined – Summer Course


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Tube Amp Making and Tube Amp Repair 1 – Fundamentals  courses are given in series and bundled with a discount.

Students will construct and hand wire their tube amplifier of choice under the watchful eye of the instructor in our Tube Amp Making course. While constructing their amp the student will begin to develop the skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair amplifiers.

Students will learn tube amp electronics, troubleshooting and repair the fundamentals in our Tube Amp Repair I course.

No prior shop or electronics experience is necessary.

Students will enjoy bringing home their own guitar amp or stereo hi-fi amplifier along with the knowledge and confidence to service it.


  • Class

    Class size is limited to 8 students.

    Course is taught in a professional guitar service shop equipped with 8 individual workbenches stocked with specialized tools necessary for the course work.

  • Fee

    Tuition for both Amp Making and Amp Repair I Courses + Kit Cost, Tax, Shipping
    Course fee includes instruction, reference guide, use of a workbench and all shop supplies necessary.

  • Materials

    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:

  • Circuit design
  • Block diagram
  • Signal flow
  • Testing
  • Emergency repair
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Tools and Safety
Tube Amp Camp
Specimen 2A3 Hi Fi Stereo Tube Amp