Discussion in 'Amp Building/Technical/Repair' started by music 43, Jun 22, 2007.
Looking for an amp tech in Montreal, either on or off the island.
I guess we sh_t-out-luck.
I have heard good things about Amptek (I think they are in Laval) and there's also Rick Onslow (www.rickonslow.com) but I'm not sure if he only does amp mods on Fender and Marshall.
I know a guy who does great work, but he just got out of the hospital a little while ago. Let me check if he's taking new business and I'll post his details for you.
Just spoke with Gerd. He's available and you can contact him at [email protected]
I have nothing but good things to say about Michel at Amptek. He revived my dying '63 Ampeg Reverbrocket for a very reasonable price. :bow:
I've had 2 other technicians look at it on multiple occasions without ever finding the problem; Michel fixed it within a couple of hours. It was well worth the hour and a half drive to go see him.
He's located in Laval.
thanks for all the feedback... How much should I be paying for an amptech per hour?
I've heard this guy's name many many times here and there, everybody had nothing but great things to say about him. Is it true that he build the stevenson amp that boutique tone is selling?
duds and turkeys
here's my personal experience with some of these so called Montreal amp technicians...
Mr. Tube took my 65 BF Tremolux for repair...he called me back two days later saying "that he did not want to work on it"kqoctkqoct...he charged me 20$ when i picked up the amp...
Called Gerd Weigel and left a message on his answering machine...never heard from the man.
Called Ted Stevensen's office and left a message...they never bothered to call back either...
Mike at Latretech in Brossard charged me 80$ (two hours work) to fix my 64 BF Princeton Reverb. I waited 5 days to find out that one electrolytic cap was installed with the wrong polarity. Mike said "sounds great now..."
I got home, plugged the amp...hardly any volume...distortion...i'll fix it myself.
Sorry to hear about your problems finding a good technician in Montreal.
Did you call Rick Onslow, as recommended by scottomy ? Rick worked on my amp before (admittedly just a rebias and fixing some rattle) and I was very satisfied. He was quick and the price was right. I'll do business with him again. Rick knows what he's doing. If he can't fix your amp, you're in trouble.
Thanks for the recommendation Pattste!
I take hearsay with a grain of salt but value personnal experience.
I will call him next time...
Gerd had been in the battle of his life against cancer when you called, judging from the date of your posting. Sadly, he lost the battle on the morning of August 29th, 2009. I will miss my friend, co-worker, teacher, and the best tech I know.
As for Mike at Latretech, I suggest you give him a call. Like most of us techs, he takes pride in his work and would want to rectify the situation.
Gerd Weigel just passed away on August 29th 2009 after a long battle with stomach cancer. I will miss him dearly. One of the most knowledgeable techs I've come across and it was an honor to work with him during the JAM Industry days.
I can recommend another person, Richard Gagnon of C&R Audio Services. Richard can be reached at c-ras at sympatico dot ca
Sincerely sadden by the lost of your friend vgtech...
I did'nt know the man was sick...
May he rest in peace...
As far as Mike...he had his chance to prove his worth...i am not driving back to Brossard.
He obviously did not plug a guitar in, after the work was done.
I have no problem with a tech charging me 80$ (2 hours minimum bench time) to turn an electrolytic around to it's right polarity...minimum bench time is fine by me...but when i pick the amp up and Mike says "works fine now", i expect the amp to work fine...
Amp building is one of my hobby...next time i find myself stuck with a problem...i'll bring it to Rick Onslow, as recommended ...i understand the man is a guitar player.
I don't have any hard feeling against Mike or others mind you...only searching for competence.
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