20 May, 2008

Annoyed about my guitar amplifier

Location: inside my amp
Mood: annoyed

I have a 1974 Fender Twin Reverb. This amplifier is reasonably sought after, and it is worth a fair amount - probably $1200-$1300. I bought it for $600 in the mid-90's. Having not done much maintenance on it, I decided it would be a good idea to bring it to the repair place to have it looked at from a prevention objective. The reason for this is that I am about to start using it very frequently for the shows with the band.

Upon bringing it in, they decided that to make it reliable, it needed to have a significant amount of rebuilding done. And lots of old components needed to be replaced. I was without my amp for maybe 3 or 4 weeks. And they ran into some complications. And in the end, to get my amp serviced, I spent more than I paid for the amplifier in the first place.

The worst part is that the amp was not behaving badly when I brought it in. Apparently, it was not perfect, but it was at least functioning without major glitches.

I bring it to rehearsal last night, and turn it on. And it immediately starts making a crackling and humming noise that it has never made before. This disappoints me greatly. I turned it off, and turned it back on again, and the noise went away. But the problem is that the noise happened once, which means it might happen again. So I need to bring it back to the repair place (note to self: contained within the word "repair" are all the letters required to spell the word "rape").

I call the repair place, and they say that's under shop warranty and that looking at it, and possibly fixing it will be at no charge. But the guy was kind of annoyed with me (presumably because of frustration, as he stated). But I guess I expect them to be a bit more kind to me after I give them $700 to return my amp to me with a problem that is more visible than the problems I brought it in with. And instead he's giving me attitude because I couldn't give him a conclusive answer about exactly when I could bring it in there (because I have to work).

So, the big problem now is that it is looking increasingly unlikely that I will have the amplifier in time for the gigs that are coming up next week and the week after, and at the very least, I will not be able to rehearse with it during next week. These are all really shitty things. And there's nothing I can do about it. And in all likelihood I will probably need to spend more to get this fixed.

The thought "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind... but I did not want to bring a questionably reliable amp out to shows.

So I'm annoyed.


  1. I'm confused; why wasn't it "reliable" when you brought it in, initially?

  2. Inman Wheelright21 May, 2008 06:05

    Even better, repair can be rearranged to spell

    raper I

    which pretty much sums it up.

    I also liked your addition of the space to the word therapist...