Fender Hod Rod Deluxe Repair
Fender Hod Rod Deluxe Repair

This is the world’s most popular valve amp [citation needed], meaning I get a Hot Rod Deluxe Repair quite regularly. The amp has two common faults, which are well documented. The first, and most common is the grey ‘IC’ (Illinois capacitor) electrolytic caps which are prone to failure. Fender use these presumably because they’re the ... Read more Fender Hod Rod Deluxe Repair

Blackstar Series One repair S1-104EL34
Blackstar Series One repair S1-104EL34

This Blackstar Series One repair from February was a bit of a mess! The amp had unfortunately received the unhelpful care of another repairer who had left the amp in a terrible state. If you don’t like to see damaged PCBs, look away now. It was brought to me because it was blowing fuses at ... Read more Blackstar Series One repair S1-104EL34

Marshall Silver Jubilee repair – Marshall model 2558
Marshall Silver Jubilee repair – Marshall model 2558

I was quite intruiged when a Nottingham guitarist brought this Marshall Silver Jubilee repair to my Newark workshop. These amps have taken on a bit of a legendary status, due in no small part to their association with Slash and Joe Bonamassa. I love how this amp looks, and it’s got an interesting tone control ... Read more Marshall Silver Jubilee repair – Marshall model 2558

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PAT testing for muscians

Important notes:

  • PAT testing for musicians is free with all serviced equipment – just ask to include it. If you’re not bringing your equipment for service, please read on…
  • This service is only available for musicians and DJs
  • OK, its open to drummers too. *wink*

Why PAT test?

If you’re playing live with a band, you’re going to need your equipment PAT testing. PAT testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is the examination of your musical equipment to make sure its safe.

PAT testing is essential for all function bands these days – wedding and function venues always ask to see your PAT certificate – they won’t be fooled by a fake label from eBay!. Many pubs are asking for PAT details too now, as pub managers become more aware of the Health and Safety legislation. A venue has every right to cancel your performance if you can’t provide a PAT certificate, so be prepared.

How much does PAT testing cost?

Sample PAT testing PA equipment and musical equipment
I offer a PAT test service for £2 per item. There’s a minimum of 10 items, so you might want to do the whole band at once. PAT testing is done at my office in Newark – convenient for Nottingham, Lincoln, Mansfield, Grantham and the East Midlands.

You’ll receive a PAT test certificate that looks something this. I’ll provide a paper or PDF copy.

If you need PAT testing PA equipment, please get in touch via my contact page.



More PAT testing reading:

PAT testing Jargon Buster:

  • Class: Is your appliance’s case earthed?
  • Earth resistance: how good your Earth connection is. Should be <0.1 Ohms
  • Insulation: Barrier between live mains and your earth connection. Should be 1MOhms or greater.
  • Load Current: How much current the unit draws. Variable.
  • Leakage Current: Powered up unit test that tests. Limits vary, but should be 3.5mA or less.