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Guitar Amps and Their Problems: A table-format of problems and solutions (Volume 1) Paperback – October 30, 2016
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You will find a few hi-fi repairs documented in the book, along with an encounter with an HP laser printer and other odd bits of gear, sprinkled throughout like Easter eggs. But the bulk of the equipment appearing in the book are guitar amps employing tube technology, with a healthy sprinkling of sound re-enforcement equipment, and accessories such as pedals and microphones. Every brand I could think of was represented in this book except for Standell. Maybe you will find another under-represented brand, but I doubt it.
Mercifully, the complaints were clear. The familiar but useless "bad," "Broke," "Doesn't work," or "It's fxxked" were omitted entirely. Maybe that's who so many of the table entries under Complaints were blank.
When comparing the problem found to the repair time, Mr. Fratus was extremely modest in his estimates. He states that a very experienced tech would arrive at a repair in the repair times stated. Under-enumerated in that sum is the time devoted to research, and the intellectual horsepower involved to identify the root cause of each failure and to implement a quality repair. My hat's off to Mike Fratus for giving so liberally of his talents to the musical community in Houston!
Unfortunately, book has though the book has good potential, but the Kindle version is not formatted properly and is completely unreadable beyond the first page or two. Even the two pages of tables that do show up, are cut off on the right side of the screen.
I can only give a 3 star max-rating to an unreadable book. In a functional format this might be a 5 star book.
I hope the author gets the digital version straightened out so we may all benefit from his knowledge.