Professional Audio & Communications Electronics: Design / Repair / Installation / Troubleshooting / Training
Hi, welcome to my website. I'm Tim and I repair, design, and install audio equipment and other electronics. I wanted to start my own website to house my portfolio online for viewing by customers and potential employers. Go look at all the stuff I've fixed in my Repair Portfolio, view my work at 3rd Coast Guitars, get your mind blown viewing Piles of Amps and other gear I've fixed, or peek at some of my A/V Installation Work.
Well not to toot my own horn, but come on, who else will? I have performed some interesting high profile work which I thought you might find impressive. I had the pleasure of doing repair work on the mixer from the Sherman and Tingle Morning Show for Q101 Chicago, repairing a guitar for Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Stage Crew for 3rd Eye Blind, Puddle of Mudd, and Eli Young, running sound at a Mushroomhead Concert, Sound and Lights for CAT TV...
...and I have performed installation and troubleshooting work at many locations. Here are but a few...
These were just the start. I also like to design and build custom guitar amps and other electronic equipment. I have designed many unique amplifiers so far, along with many toys like a power soak, talkbox, stompbox pedals, power supplies, and more. Additionally, I also build some of my own test equipment such as test loads, signal injector, universal adapter, variac/AC supply footswitch, test cabinet, etc. Oddy enough, I also have a Patent Pending on some gas detection/computer integration equipment and Copyright on some software to go with it. Interesting, yep. Feel free to Contact me with any questions that you have.
Feel free to click each type to link to photos of my work.
I have repaired, installed, managed, or otherwise worked with the following equipment:
TVs, VCRs, DVRs, DVD, CD players/burners, cell phones, tablets, projectors, amplifiers, cameras, video surveillance systems/closed circuit and cable/satellite television/internet systems, mixers, microphones, wireless equipment, compressors, equalizers, multi-effects processors, delays, feedback suppression equipment, crossovers, snakes, preamplifiers, amplifiers, loudspeakers, video mixers, lighting, lighting controllers, theatre systems, professional audio systems, computers and networks, patch bays, printers, scanners, faxes, telephones, intercoms, and 70 volt systems, low voltage alarm and other low voltage systems, rack/non-rack equipment. I have also repaired guitars, keboards, mono-block tube amplifiers, home stereo, DJ equipment, recording equipment, recorders, and a variety of other equipment. I've done some light Acoustics work, oh and did I mention amplifiers?
I have also worked in production for sound, film, and television.
I have repaired more than 180 brands of audio and communications equipment:
Acoustic, Adcom, AKAI, Alamo, Alembic, Alesis, Allen & Heath, Alvarez, AMC, American Audio, American DJ, Ampeg, Apple, ART, Ashly, Astatic, AT&T, Audio Centron, Audio Technica, B-52, Bedrock, Behringer, Bendix, BGW, Blackstar, Blackberry, Bugera, Boomerang, Bogner, Bose, Boss, Cambridge Audio, Carver, Carvin, Cary, CGM, Chauvet, Counterpoint Electronics, Crate, Crosley, Crown, DeArmond, Deizel, DigiTech, DOD, Douglas Guitars, Dr. Z, Dyna Kit, Eden, Egnater, Electro Harmonix, Elecrovice, Engl, Epiphone, EVH, Fender, Fostex, Galaxy, Gallien Krueger, General Electric, Gemini, Gibson, Godin Guitars, Gorilla, Groove Tubes, Hafler, HAQ, Harmon Karden, Hartke, HHb, HTC, Hulk, Ibanez, Infocus, JBL, Jet City, Jim Dunlop, JVC, Kenwood, Klon, Korg, Krank, Kustom, Kyocera, Laboga, Laney, Lectrosonics, Lexicon, LG, Line 6, Mackie, Magnavox, Marantz, Mark Bass, Marlboro, Marshall, M-Audio, Maven Peal, McGohan, Mesa Boogie, Midland, Montgomery Ward, Morley, Motorola, MTI, Music Man, Musitronics, Muzak, NAD, NADY, Nokia, Numark, Olevia, Oliver, Onkyo, Optimus, Orange, Palmer, Peavey, Phonic, Phonola, Pioneer, Polytone, Precision Electronics, Presonus, Pro Studio, QSC, Radio Shack, Randall, Raven, RCA, Realistic, Red Bear, Rick Turner Guitars, Roadie, Rocktek, Rocktron, Roland, Ross, Rumley Guitars, Samson, Samsung, Sano, Sansui, Schecter Guitars, Sennheiser, Seymour Duncan, Shure, SKB, Silver Tone, Simmons, Soldano, Sony, Soundcraft, SoundTech, Sovtek, Stageworks, Sunn, Superior Instruments, Suzuki, SWR, Symetrix, Tascam, TC Electronics, Technical Pro, Technics, Trace Elliot, Traynor, TrueTone, Turtle Beach, Unicord, Vai, Valve Train, Vanity Fair, Vestax, VFX, Visual Sound, Voodoo Labs, VOX, Warwick, Washburn, Whirlwind, Yamaha, Zenith, ZTE.
Not to mention other equipment I have serviced. If it plugs into a wall...
The Deluxe Package (for Fender Deluxe, DeVille, Blues Junior, and all the Hot Rods) includes a number of tasks which should take care of many of the design and application flaws for modern Fender amps. The Deluxes and DeVilles are some of the, if not THE, most popular amps in production worldwide, but they have come with their fair share of flaws. The most common problems and solutions to them include:
1. Bad solder joints to be resoldered, especially at: inputs, outputs, controls, and tube sockets.
We offer many services for Fender Twins, the Super Reverb, Tremolux, and all the older ones. Hit the black 3rd Coast button on the right side of the homepage and dig through the 3rd Coast portfolio. One Twin Reverb is getting its chassis pulled after being dropped on its face with a 1/4" plug plugged into it; this is but one example. Typical repairs for your Fender truck include:
1. Replacement of capacitors (which only last about 30-40 years, 45 tops)....
I've only done a handful, a dozen or so, more a mixer guy. The 2nd image and the last one are two of my fixes. The mechanical pianos are really amazing inside. Brad did most of the keyboard work at Third Coast. Anyway, he works on all the old ones and the newest of the new. We're talking Rhodes, Farfisa, Wurlitzer, Yamaha, Casio, Alesis, M-Audio, Korg, Roland, and all that stuff. He showed me the spring switches in the Farfisa with the multiple oscillator voices. Its really quite a craft to be able to work on some of these.
I am an audio engineer who is a jack of all, a dabbler, and a specialist. I have worked in music, live audio, live TV, film, recording, management, A/V equipment management, dabbled in lighting, electrical, sound contracting/installation, networking, acoustics, as a camera operator, set builder, stage crew for a national venue, and assistant to the production manager of a film, but most of my work experience is as an electronics technician.
I am a troubleshooter. from the micro to the macro. My work requires that I know how to interconnect, make terminations for, operate, test, fix, manage, fabricate, design test equipment for, and understand working principles of all types of audio equipment. I am required to have an understanding of music, electrical systems, signal flow, acoustics, studies in hearing, troubleshooting methodology, logic, schematic and block diagrams, current trends in manufacturing practices & quality control. Solutions often require thinking outside the box.
RoHS stands for the "restriction of hazardous substances" ordinance. Since its adoption by the European Union, it has set the worldwide standard for manufacturing practices. In electronic equipment, batteries not included, this limits what substances may be put in at the time of manufacturing. Toxic substances such as PCBs (polychorinated biphenyls) previously used in capacitors, certain fire retardants, and lead solder are no longer going into your electronics products. For the most part, these restrictions are a good thing. The down side is that lead free tin solder is brittle and will break under strain, especially with wave soldered (machine soldered) products...
I love this old beast. Sure it has a couple drawbacks, starting with being so cumbersome out of its case. But its pretty much change the caps and clean everything and they're ready to keep rockin'. I like the way it sounds as a guitar amp, 150 Watts for your full stack. Its not uncommon to find these still conducting well with Sylvania or Magnavox tubes. If the standby light is not working, its either the bulb or R54 and maybe the diode.
This proves to be a remarkable design in many respects, aesthetically pleasing both aurally and visually. I had the opportunity to discuss many aspects of the design with Dave Z. We discuss current design practices in the industry, the dos and don'ts if you will. I'd like to pick his brain a bit more on approaches to design. After seeing all the features on his amps, I'm sure I have a few ideas he may be interested to hear.
I heard there were some problems with this circuit burning up its rectifier in a very short time, something like a month or two. After reviewing the schematic, it becomes obvious that this circuit could use a second 5AR4 rectifier to supply the current potential of this amplifier. Furthermore, at higher voltages it is recommended that a resistor is put in series with each plate of the rectifier to limit current.
I feel I owe some thanks across the industry, to those who are willing to give opportunity and those who help techs to make a dollar. I'd like to thank the tech support guys like Kevin Gring at Crown, and the guys at Peavey who are always so helpful. And a big thank you to Trent, for helping me build this website. Its a tough business for many reasons, but you guys have helped in my success. Thanks.