This Hughes & Kettner repair is a tube 50 brought in for a valve amp bias. The Tube 50 is a fixed bias amp, meaning you need to bring the amp to a tech to have it adjusted (confusingly!!) by a technician. The opposite of fixed valve bias is cathode valve bias. Confusingly cathode bias […]
Guitar Amplifier Repair in Newark (Nottingham)
Keld Ampworks is a guitar amplifier repair service repairing audio electronic equipment in Newark (near Nottingham). I provide a fast and friendly service that is competitively priced. Please have a look around, I’ve repaired amplifiers by all of the main manufacturers (Fender, Marshall, Vox, Peavey, Laney, Mesa Boogie) and kept my customers’ boutique and unusual designs (Cornford, Carvin, Dr Z) in top condition.
Most of the amps that I fix are valve amplifier repairs, but I do see plenty of solid state amplifiers too. I’m happy to work on modern amplifiers like Line 6 and Hughes and Kettner, but equally comfortable restoring vintage amps. Besides guitar amps, I also repair bass amps, PA equipment, DJ, speakers, HiFi.
I’m pleased to say that I’ve had many happy customers – if you’d like to check out some reviews of my service, please visit the feedback page (pun intended!). If your beloved guitar amplifier or bass amplifier is in need of repair, servicing, upgrading or modifying, then please do get in touch to discuss your needs.
My History in Guitar Amp Repair
Keld Ampworks Guitar amp repair was established in 2010 and moved to Newark (Nottingham) in 2012. Before Keld I studied with the Maughan Amplifier Company, a well-respected guitar amplifier repair and manufacturer in the North of England. I gained extensive experience of amp servicing in this position and during my time doing repairs and sales for Gear4Music. Although guitar amps are relatively simple, when repairing gear it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the theoretical as well as the practical and for this reason I completed a Masters in Electronic Engineering from the University of York.
As well as the repair and design of guitar and bass amplifiers, I currently work as a development engineer designing amplifiers for a world-leading audio engineering company. As an active musician, playing in a range of different bands, I really do understand how crucial it is to have your gear in top condition!
This PA repair, a Pro Sound1000, was brought to me with a couple of reasonably common symptoms. One channel was producing no output, the other channel was very quiet. To be honest I’m surprised that the internal fuses hadn’t blown. The symptoms pointed towards what is probably the most common problem with solid state PA […]
What is it with laney amps that makes me forget to photo them? This Laney amp bias GH100L just needed its bias adjusting to accommodate a new set of EL34s. The GH100L is a fixed bias amp, which means the bias is adjusted (and quiescent current is fixed) by a technician. The opposite of fixed […]
Dr Z Repair – Mini Z This Dr Z Repair was a simple job. This DR Z amp is a 2 valve class A amp with one ECC83/12AX7 and one EL84. In this case, the output EL84 valve was faulty, the heater. The customer asked me to replace the amp with one the fancy ‘cryo’ […]
This MXR repair, a Carbon Copy, was a simple fix. ESD (static) had destroyed 3 switching transistors used in the bypass circuitry. After identifying the fault I contacted MXR to find the part numbers of the damaged items. MXR are aware of the issue and recommended a modification to significantly reduce the likelihood of a […]
Trace Elliot Repair – GP7SM 200W This Trace Elliot repair is actually a service. My solid state service procedure involves the following steps: Cleaning of all pots and connectors Re-soldering dry or suspect joints Any preventative maintenance required Replacement of out of tolerance or defective components Output power test. I’ve seen a couple of […]
Marshall Repair This Marshall Repair was brought to me with one of those sneaky ‘hard to find’ problems. The amp was blowing fuses when the customer was playing it. He’d taken the amp to another repairer who hadn’t found any problems. Unfortunately the amp continued to blow fuses. Guitar amplifier repairs of this kind often […]
Laney Repair This Laney Repair was a mixed bag of several issues! The amp is a VC50 – 5 12AX7 valves and 2 6L6s in the output. This particular specimen has a strange an whine present whenever channel A’s spring reverb was used, also a faulty gain control on channel A, an intermittently working footswitch […]
This Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Repair is one of the more unusual problems I’ve come across. The Mesa was brought in with very low (and unpleasantly distorted) volume and blowing fuses. I tracked the issue to the output circuitry and checked for all the usual failures with no result. The output transformer looked to be […]