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Welcome to MyTubeAudio. A truly different kind of repair shop. TRANSPARENT!

MyTubeAudio, LLC., is a West Michigan-based company that offers “While You Wait” service for tube amplifiers of most any make and most any vintage.  I’m licensed, insured, legal and experienced – I have been involved with tube amplifiers for over 25 years. I work by appointment only, two evenings per week. If you’re looking for quick service in West Michigan, give a call to the number above and make your appointment now. 2017 saw 58 appointments completed, several of which were multiple-amp jobs completed in one night. This is THE BEST way to see what’s been done and learn more about your particular amp.

Considering the deep inventory of parts, a solid collection of test and measurement gear and the experience of hundreds and hundreds of documented amp repairs, you shouldn’t be surprised to discover that most tube amps can be repaired in just an hour or two.  Retail music shops often charge 50% repair markups to an outside tech, often resulting in a three week wait or more. Why not head right to the bench with your amp?  You’ll see your amp get worked on, you’ll get your questions answered, and you’ll KNOW what’s been done. You’ll know your amp tech, and be able to let him know what’s important to you. This is my philosophy – a fully transparent, open exchange of knowledge and service. I learn from every repair, also. Many of my returning customers are very knowledgeable, skilled musicians, which makes this kind of work really pleasant and rewarding for me as well.

All work is performed “live” by appointment only – no drop-off work is accepted at My Tube Audio, LLC.  Do you have an important show coming up but can’t risk dropping your best amp off somewhere not knowing when it will be done?  MTA LLC can help you. The business model is ultra-simple and ultra-transparent: $40/hr for bench time plus parts and tax. Warranty is provided – 30 days on parts and 60 days on labor.  NO BENCH FEES. NO MINIMUM CHARGES. NO SECRETS. NO PROMISE DATES.  I buy parts wholesale and my markup is a standard 35%, making most items pretty close to typical “street prices”.  Yes, you can certainly bring your own parts if you prefer, and I’ll install them happily, but keep in mind I can’t warranty your items back to my suppliers if I did not purchase them…I’ll honor the workmanship only in that case.

What? You’d rather have something retro and custom?  You’re covered.

My Tube Audio is also an official dealer for Mojo products, who make an impressive  line of vintage-inspired classic tube amp kits.  I can build to order / custom modify anything you find on their website, so if you’re looking to buy a classic amp but would rather have something in like-new condition without the boutique-amp price, check out http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com/ and let me know what you’d like to do. It’s a good way to get a great amp for less cost than finding/buying/shipping/repairing a vintage unit.

I also offer electric guitar service – just about anything you might need outside of frets and paint. Wiring, mods, pickup changes, setups, intonation and hardware updates. You can even bring in your own purchased “goodies” and let me do the tricky part. What? you bought new tuners but they are a larger diameter?  No problem. MTA LLC has a well-equipped wood shop that can help.

Amateur Radio fans, please take note. I have a great deal of radio restoration experience (domestic AND European) and can help you get that vintage transmitter, receiver or transceiver back up and running. I have added whole second work bench full of gear to support radio repair, including test equipment for measuring alignment and sensitivity.

Hi-Fi friends, MTA LLC has you covered, too.  Beyond the basic performance checks, I can measure THD and Intermodulation distortion values, and a host of other aspects to make sure your tube HiFi gear is really operating like it should.

As for the site – Well, I don’t get enough free time to be doing a proper job of it, but I  add things when I can.  Up here on the front page I am going to continue to add more repair and project photos, with small comments here and there. It’s not as good as full pages dedicated to each item, but it’s better than nothing.  Enjoy what you see and feel free to contact me via the Email address shown in the photo above.

Thanks for stopping by – Dan, N8ZJV

MyTubeAudio LLC., Holland, Michigan

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Well, I have not posted here in a very very long time. A few changes have happened.  We have daughters, 3 and 5, which take a lot of our time. That’s one reason, another is just the speed of life. So much to do, so much remains undone each day. I have acquired the http://www.mytubeaudio.com address, which is kinda cool. The biggest change has to be a shift in our general business model, namely, I now work solely on a “while you wait” basis.

No more drop-off, pick-up of tube gear requiring repair. We make an appointment, we fix it, and it leaves the same night. The feedback has been very good on this. It was a good choice, and is possible because I stock a lot of replacement parts, well-organized. I have been as busy or busier since this workflow shift about a year ago.

I have been collecting some pics of the work – not as consistently as I should, but still, there are a lot of photos to post, and I think I need to get a few more up here today.  As I type this, a blizzard churns outside of our Holland, Michigan home.  The kids are home, school was closed due to weather, and there is a certain Zen to being in a warm place as the wind rages.

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