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After almost 8 years, I finally took My Marshall JCM-800 (2205) Guitar Amp in to be repaired.
Before I did I wanted to get an Idea of what a Vintage 1985 Marshall Amp Sells for these days.
So I hit all the usual Retail places, and I checked eBay as well as all the outher well known musicans haunts.

I'll be darned, it's worth about $2000.oo Now-a-days, and thats not counting the speaker box ya need to make it actually function.
I guess I paid about $850.oo for it back in the day,  Good Investiment.

So anyway I took it to the Shop last week, and I expected them to have it for at least a week.
a week went by, and no call from them...  So I called them to check on the progress.

Ray:  "Guitar Smiths, Ray Speaking,"

Me:  "Hey Ray, this is The Guy with the Marshall JCM-800, I Brought in last week for repairs."

Ray:  "Yeah, Dood, I was going to call you, What was wrong with that Amp?"

Me:  "As Far as I know it just needed the Tubes Changed.. I thought... "

Ray:  "Well our Shop Tech Plugged it in, and sparks shot out the back and a big puff of smoke came out... What was wrong with it?"

Me:  "I donno thats why I took it to you guys, ya know.. for repair.. "

Ray:  "Well I think we're going to need to put in a new power tube socket, those are hand soldered."

Me:  "If thats what it needs to fix it, then Please, fix it."

Ray:  "Oh, Okay.. it'll be another week probably... "

Me:  "Thats Fine, just call me when it's finished, so I can Gather the Ransom."

Ray:  "Yeah he's gonna charge extra for the hand soldering"

Me:  "I guessed as much.  Well Call me when it's finished Please."

Ray:  "Cool, Later Dude..."

This is kind of typical of anything you do in arkansas. no matter what your trying to accomplish.
ya get the same "Ray" no matter where you call. and he always Suprised that something is wrong,
even when you told him initally there was something wrong.  Arkansas, Great Place.. Yup...

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Date:March 5th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Wow dude. Oh you know that sparks aren't suppose to be shooting out of the back, right?
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Date:March 5th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)

The Marshall Amp Saga Continued.

Here it is a month and a week that the Marshall Amp has Been in the shop. I called them yesterday to get a status update..

Seems that the power tube sockets had to come from The Factory in England. So it took just over 3 weeks for them to arrive.

Ok, I can understand that delay, I figured they were going to need to get the parts that were Smoked. So I asked if they had an estimate for either the cost of the repair, or the time I could pick the Amp up and take it home again.

Ray: "Guitar Smiths, Ray Speaking"

Me: "Hello Ray I'm the Guy Who Brought the Marshall Head in for repair"

Ray: "Which one?"

Me: "The JCM-800 2205"

Ray: "Oh, yeah that one, Umm the Tech says he got the power tube sockets, they had to come from the factory in england. it might me just 1-2 more days for him to install them. We'll call you when it's ready."

Me: " could I get an esitmate on the repair cost? "

Ray: "Umm, well not yet, cus the repair isn't done yet."

Me: "Okay, Thanks Ray."

>Click< ...

Now I put the Marshall in on Januarary 25'th.. and I figured maybe two weeks for the repair. thats what I would have expected from most any shop who is an authorized Marshall Repair shop.

But I failed to take into account that this is Arkansas, and Nothing here EVER happens quickly as far as mechanics work, or repair work.

Oh and Polecat.. Yes I do know that Sparks are not supposed to fly out of the back. they didn't do that when I tested it from home before taking it to their shop.

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Date:March 5th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)

Re: The Marshall Amp Saga Continued.

OK I just thought it was a added feature thats only available in England.
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