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

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 and experienced – I have been involved with tube amplifiers for over 25 years.  Considering MTA’s deep inventory of parts, 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.  Why not cut out the middle-man and the three week wait and head right to the bench?  You can see your amp get worked on, you get your questions answered, and you’ll KNOW what’s been done. You can get to know your amp tech, and let him know what’s important to you. All work is performed “live” by appointment only – you are always next in line 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.

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 woodshop 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 a whole 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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Here is a random collection of photos from 2014 work.  I’ve been terribly busy, 2 bands, engineering day job, family (2 young girls + wife!) and tube work… lots of it.I don’t have much time to post here but I think I can upload a bunch of new pix and call it good for now!  (oops – I now see that they upload in a random order… if I get time I will try to sort them later. )

By the way, the “While-You-Wait” repair thing is going GREAT!  It’s so much more enjoyable and the customers are loving it. I should have done this years ago. I no longer take drop-off repairs of any kind, but I’m doing morework.  2015 started with a bang – usually 3 appointments per week. Let the solder fly!!

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Ampeg B15S – the Portaflex.

This amp has a history, most of which I know nothing about. But this is one of those stories that makes legends, eventually. It goes like this… it used to live at a Theater (as in stage play theater..) for probably the major portion of it’s life, and one day it almost hit the dumpster during a cleaning-up operation as the management underwent some changes. Luckily for me a good friend spotted it as it was literally being carried out and detoured the folks carrying it towards his van. It was gifted to me and aside from being a little scratched up, it’s in fine shape after minimal servicing. It even has an original set of USA 7027’s in it, which measure fine. They make 70-80 watts RMS clean. As the Altec 15″ (original, it appears) speaker seems pretty efficient, this unit can easily keep up with a drummer and as such it’s the main bass amp in my project studio now. My friend Steve uses it whenever the old band gets together, and we love it’s tone. It sits on an 80’s Ampeg 4×10 cabinet, and the combination of the two can move a lot of air. It also makes a nice looking bass stack. The 4×10 was an eBay local purchase – local,.. OK, Bay City, but that’s still local enough..) where I paid 75 dollars for the cabinet with 1 damaged and theoretically 3 OK speakers. In the end I had two of the drivers reconed, ($70) and had to repair the grille. Overall cost for this stack was about 150 dollars. How’s that for a deal? Like I said… the stuff of Legends… :o)

70's Ampeg B15S Portaflex