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Tube Amp Camp

These two intensive seminars offer a complete overview of tube amp electronics, diagnostics, and the options for repairs and modifications, from the standpoint of the amp repair professional.

Learn the fundamentals of tube amp electronics and troubleshooting followed by tube theory, advanced tube amp diagnostics, repair and upgrade techniques, all from a master amp technician.

More than just the keys to a vocational opportunity – here’s a chance to learn from one of the best in the business.

  • Fee

    Tuition is $1185
    10 hours

    A discount may apply.
    Fee includes tuition and reference materials.

  • Class Size

    Max of 8 students

  • Instructors

    Kye Kennedy read bio

  • Refund Policy

    Registrations are non refundable. A tuition fee may only be applied to other CSGM classes with written notice of cancellation prior to class.

  • Location

    All workshops are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. view map

  • Registration

    Register online or call 773.489.4830 to enroll with a credit card.  You are also welcome to come by the shop and enroll using cash, credit card or a personal check.  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.

Day 1

Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair I – Fundamentals

Students will gain a broad overview of tube amp circuitry and troubleshooting and learn closely guarded trade secrets through lectures and demonstrations that range from solving puzzling show stoppers to full restoration.  A wide scope of repairs are disclosed.  Suggested tools and materials for an emergency repair kit will be outlined.

Day 2

Tube Amp Diagnostics & Repair II – Advanced

Students will learn to use an oscilloscope in conjunction with a signal generator, decibel meters and frequency counters to modify tone. Manipulating fine details of sound will be demonstrated, explained and discussed. This course focuses on tube theory – learn to determine wattage, tube parameters, and how to get the most out of diagnostic equipment.  Modifications, advanced implementation of effects systems and pro audio interfacing will round out the curriculum.


Diagnostics I

  • Circuitry
  • Block diagram
  • Power supply function
  • Signal flow
  • Tools and equipment
  • Preliminary testing
  • Digital voltmeter test functions
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Emergency repair preparedness
  • Safety


Diagnostics II

  • Advanced schematic diagrams
  • Deep signal flow
  • Advanced testing
  • Oscilloscope functions
  • Tone modifications
  • Decibel meter test functions
  • Repair vs. restoration
  • Pro audio interfacing
Tube Amp Camp