What's New at PriceLess Amp Restoration


January 26 2018

Whoa, can't believe it's 2018 already. Priceless Amp Restoration is live again! I uploaded contents to a new server. I keep considering to update the looks of the website to the new fancy format everybody is using on the web. But hey, we're talking old school amps so why not an old school looking website. It's all about the content anyway, right? So what's new? Well, I finally moved my amp shop inside the house after 22 years in the cold in the winter and hot in the summer garage. Just about have the shop dialed in. I broke in the shop by building a Vibroclone #18. I'll post pics later. I have a FaceBook page and a YouTube channel where I will be posting most of my amp builds. So best to check out these sites first as it getting tedious to update more than one site. Oh, and let me know via email if any of the links on this site are busted. Thanks.





January 6 2014

OK, so I went through the laborious exercise and reset my pricing to reflect 2013 pricing. Most part prices since I close the business in 2005 have increased by 5 to 10% which is about equal to the cost of inflation. HOWEVER, new production tube prices have increased significantly. Specially the Svetlana 6L6 and EL34 Winged C tubes. Apparently the Svetlana tube factory in St. Petersburg Russia stopped making the Winged C tubes, so supply is very limited. Very unfortunate for us tube lovers since the Winged C was the best 6L6GC power tube since the original RCA and Philips 6L6 STR387.


To set my pricing, what I did was compare wholesale pricing of all parts comparing New Sensor and CE Distribution and then sampled my competition repair shops like Allen Amplification, Skips and Uncle Spot for labor and part pricing. I then compared retail part pricing from Mojo and Antique Electronics and set my prices accordingly. I'm sure you'll find that I set my labor and part pricing less than the my competition and retail part suppliers.


I'm also serious considering offering recone services too. Reconing is actually a very simple process, but very labor intensive. It's all about the glue and getting the correct recone kit.

Rock on,



January 1 2014

PriceLess Amp Restoration is once again open for business. I'd like to thank all my loyal customers for staying in touch with me during my 8 year down time. I've retired from my day job as a CPU circuit designer and am now in the position to dedicate myself all most full time to my first love, Surf, Blues, R&R and red hot glowing TUBES!! So send me your poor neglected tube amps and let me work my magic.




December 29 2013


Hey folks, been a long time. In fact it’s been 8 years since I closed Priceless Amp Restoration. I closed the business because I really needed a break, considering I was working at demanding Intel managing a group of 8+ CPU circuit designers and still raising a family. I just couldn’t find the time to enjoy the family and enjoy other things in life I like to do, like playing guitar. Needless to say, when it came to working on amps, "The Thrill Was Gone". Plus I was on the verge of rediscovering my second childhood love; motorcycles. Now I’ve also become quiet the Harley wrench. I decided to jump off the corporate money train and retired from the Integrated Circuit business after 29 years. Thus I’m going to re-open the amp repair business. I can’t say I’m going to open the business full time just yet, because now I have two wonderful grandkids that my wife and I watch frequently, plus I need to leave time to keep my face in the wind on my 2006 Harley Softail. And I have to admit, I’ve had to refresh my rusty old tube amp skill set, but hey, it came back like riding a bike, plus I still have a large inventory of tubes, caps, transformer, speakers, etc. in which I need to do something with and selling that inventory on eBay never crossed my mind. I knew someday I would re-open the repair business, which is why I kept my old website up and running. I do need to go back and reset my pricing since it’s been 8 years, but you can be sure, like before, I work on amps for the love of tube amps and not to get rich, thus I will set my pricing to reflect that love for the smell of a hot running beeswax transformer.



March 8 2002

November 25 2001

February 17 2001

December 12 2000

First, Ted Weber uses the same basket for all of his vintage series 10" speakers. These baskets are a little larger then Jensen, CTS or Oxford speakers, which were commonly used in Super Reverbs. Depending on the year of Super Reverb, there is a clearance issue with the top left speaker relative to the power or to the output transformer. The Tweed Bassman has the same clearance issue with the power transformer. A while back, Mark Norwine, worked with Ted Weber to design a basket with a special cut-out to be used in the upper left position in a Tweed Bassman. This basket cut-out solution works with Super Reverbs from 1964 to 1966. In 1967, Fender apparently was planning on using taller power transformers. Fender therefore changed the soundboard design and moved the upper left speaker cut-out to the right to allow for the taller power transformer. (Note, Fender did not start using a taller power transformer until later in approximately 1971). So when mounting a Weber vintage series speaker in a 1967 or later Super Reverb with an off-set upper left speaker cut-out, the top left speaker, even with the specially designed basket cut-out, does not have enough clearance relative to the output transformer. Rotating or re-mounting the top left speaker will not yield sufficient output transformer clearance. A new soundboard must be cut to match the symmetrical soundboard of pre 1967. With a symmetrically cut soundboard, the specially designed basket cut-out will have enough clearance to the power transformer and thus allow the chassis to be mounted to the cabinet using the existing chassis/cabinet mounting holes.

1967 Super Reverb and 1968 Super Reverb soundboard. Note off-set upper left cut-out.

1968 Super Reverb with new soundboard and Weber P10Q's. Note basket cut-out.

August 21 2000


June 10 2000