VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER REPAIR at BAMMEL TV TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
We had occasion of late to fix up a real classic: the vaunted Oberheim OB-8 synthesizer. Similar synths in the OB-X line by Oberheim defined much pop sound in the early 1980’s, the most notable example being the classic album Moving Pictures by Rush.
The customer brought in his OB-8 with complaint of No Sound. Upon bench diagnostics we found many swollen and leaking capacitors, with many dirty and contaminated control potentiometers. We developed our repair prospectus and estimate for the customer. Our notes indicated:
UNIT NEEDS SIGNIFICANT RESTORATION, POSSIBLY 4-6-8 HOURS OF LABOR, POWER NEEDS TO BE RESTORED AT COMPONENT LEVEL WHICH WILL REQUIRE EXTENSIVE TROUBLESHOOTING AND RESTORATION OF THE POWER SUPPLY.
UNIT ALSO NEEDS KEYBED CLEANING, KEYBED ALIGNMENT, CAP REPAIR JOB, and ORIGINAL PATCH RESTORATION.
In the event, restoring the instrument’s original sound patches proved the seemingly-insurmountable barrier to repair completion. In the early 1980’s only comparatively primitive techniques for importation of sound patches existed. We spent far more time than had been originally budgeted, but we eventually solved this issue and repairs were ultimately successful.
TV Repair Houston: Vizio TV repair, model E500I-AO
A report from our television repair division, TV Repair Houston: Vizio TV Repair, model E500i-A0. Vizio entered the American TV market as a complete upstart in 2002, with 3 employees and a $600,000 operating budget—total. By 2007 company revenue exceeded $2 billion—an amazing feat. Known for their highly aggressive pricing vs their top competitors, Vizio hit the American market hard, quickly laying waste to far-better-known manufacturers. In their wake come other ultra-low-cost Chinese televisions, further challenging the position of the legacy Japanese manufacturers—and the LCD repair and LED repair markets generally.
Questions have arisen on the feasibility of Vizio led tv repair and Vizio lcd tv repair: is it feasible to perform flat screen tv repair of these low-priced TV’s, usually assembled with cheap labor in China? As we have stated in our free White Paper, “Is It Worth Fixing?,” the answer is: it’s a definite maybe. Almost always, each repair prospect must be individually assessed by a senior tech, then researched and sourced, then quoted to the customer. Not all televisions are suited for repairs—we only fix 90% or so!
Here, proof positive of the primary principle: when in doubt—and for “smart TV repair,” and “TV repair near me” queries—and especially, “Vizio TV repair near me” queries—Call the Professionals! Call Bammel TV: your Vizio TV repair shop! In this case, we identified and corrected a fairly commonplace syndrome, namely backlight repair: behind the display panel of modern flat screens is an array of high-intensity LCD or LED lights. They go out sometimes, and can often be replaced economically; not always, but quite often our Super TV Technician near me can isolate the faulty elements; order ’em up; and replace them, leaving the television back up in excellent working order
It”s the final QC check on a Vizio tv backlight repair job, a 50″ TV repaired for No Picture complaint.
Mesa Boogie Guitar amp repair and restoration at Bammel TV!
We fix tons of guitar amps—bass amps, heads, cabinets—we do it all. Here, a very high-quality example from Mesa Boogie, the classic company out of California. Mesa Boogie guitar amp repair at Bammel TV Tech Services.
In for service, a Sony Shake-99 audio/video system. Customer indicated a complaint as follows: CD STUCK…RECEIVER OUT—NO SOUND. This large-format product (see video) ROCKS! at both low and high volume. It has almost 5000 watts, with smartphone control, wireless bluetooth connectivity, included DJ and lighting effects—overall, a very nice product, and one we had not previously seen.
Our technicians spent the required diagnostic time with this fantastic, club-level system. Working together, our team of skilled technicians resolved successfully the customer’s complaints: we fixed the CD mechanism issues by sheer expertise, and a process of re-alignment, while the Shorted Receiver complaint we were able to locate the culprit and faulty component—namely a faulty transistor on the Main PCB power supply.
For our main Stereo & Electronics Repair Service Page, click here. For our Pro Audio repair page, click here.
Summary: Shake-99 Repair at Bammel TV Tech Services
Just another routine day as the world’s greatest repair shop. Need service? Call the professionals—call Bammel TV!
Need Egnater guitar amp repair? We’ve added another splendidly sharp arrow to our highly diversified quiver: Bammel TV Tech Services is now the Authorized Service Center in Houston for Egnater guitar amplifiers. Scoring this certification adds another premiere guitar amp manufacturer to our (already illustrious) profile, which includes Marshall, Fender, Peavey, Crate, Hughes & Kettner, and Randall—add Egnater now to the mix.
Kudos to co-manager Dean Doba for liaison work with the manufacturer. In the course of seeking parts support for repair on an Egnater 4-100, Dean was able to break through the typical manufacturer firewall and get us set up. Lots of manufacturers still need highly qualified service centers to address occasional problems with their units. We fit the bill for them!
We received an Egnater product recently for service, brought to us by the local Music Go Round store, with a complaint that the unit’s high-gain channel was nearly inaudible. To judge by our overview of this Model 4-100 unit, it is an extremely well-built, versatile and rugged guitar amp, with numerous and flexible hook up and rigging options. According to their website, “Egnater Amplification is today the fastest growing guitar amp manufacturer in the industry.” To judge by the 4-100 product, we can see why this might be the case.
For this particular product repair, we did our initial assessment; technician at that point requested the product service manual. This is not always necessary for our expert technicians, but in some cases there’s simply no way to proceed without a service manual and circuit schematic, along with block diagrams, parts lists, and the like. Fortunately in this case, we were able to get the 4-100 amp repaired with a physical repair (repair of cold solder or connexion fractures) on the high-gain channel of the amp.
For our main Guitar Amp Repair page, click here. If you need Egnater guitar amp repair, call the professionals—call Bammel TV.
RACK GUITAR PEDAL REPAIR: LINE 6 POD PRO REPAIR, ROCKTRON PROPHESY REPAIR, DIGITECH GSP2101 REPAIR
June 10, 2016
Our report on three repairs performed on a customer’s Line 6 Pod Pro, his Rocktron Prophesy, and his Digitech GSP2101.
This customer owns ALL THREE of these classic units! It’s guitar pedal repair time at Bammel TV Tech Services!
Pod Pro Repair
The Pod Pro is a classic 2-rack space effects unit from Line 6. Capable of multiple simultaneous effects of the classic sorts: distortions, delays, dynamic effects, tremolo, wah, reverb, pitch shifting—a wide tableau—no, make that a panoramic sweep of tones. With dual XLR-outs as well as digital outs, and multiple possible input configurations, these were excellent machines. We haven’t seen very many, but as the authorized service center/master service center in Houston for Line 6, when those products need some TLC and attention, we’re the destination of choice for the customer.
In this case the Pod Pro exhibited periodic loud screeching noises—obviously hideously unacceptable for a guitarist. Specifically, the customer complained of a “Works 12 seconds, screeches 12 seconds” phenomenon. Our master techs would have liked to get the Main PCB for this repair, but it was NLA from Line 6. That left us scratching our heads…We came up however a solution: we REPAIRED the main PCB assembly fault. We ordered up an IC from China and were successful at restoring this high-quality unit.
Rocktron Prophesy Repair
The same customer also brought in a Rocktron Prophesy—one of the classic units designed by Tom Scholz of Boston. This unit was simply dead, exhibiting a no-power symptom. We isolated and replaced seven discrete faulty components, and unit is restored and back to proper operation.
Digitech GSP2101 Repair
Finally, customer also brought to us his Digitech GSP2101—another rack-mounted classic effects unit (and one of our personal favorites.) The 2101 was/is/remains legendary due to two 12AX7 vacuum tubes (or valves, as our British friends call them)in the preamp section, permitting a wide range of natural analog tones, from crystal-clear-clean to radically saturated distortions—that’s in addition to a huge range of digital effects, on top of an analog compression/EQ/gating stage. Altogether a wonderful unit, which fortunately in this case required only minimal service to restore.
Summary: When you need guitar pedal repair…
Three more bite the dust, courtesy of your crew at Bammel TV Tech Services. For our main Pro Audio repair page, click here.
Technology is evolving at an unprecedented lightning pace, and it is smashing barriers in the residential space. From energy savings to smart surveillance to enhanced comfort, our living spaces are now more customizable than ever before. The possibilities are nearly limitless, and the team at Smart Home Houston is ready to serve as your personal digital technology consultants, designers, and wizards.
Smart Safety and Security
Are you curious about whether your kids come home on time, and whether they have friends with them? Need to check up on the babysitter? Trying to find out what’s making your dogs bark in the middle of the night?
With a fully integrated smart home security system, you can have more peace of mind than ever before. Intelligent smart locks make it much harder for unauthorized parties to gain entry. Strategically placed surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and even temperature sensors allow you to keep an eye on your home while you are away, and even to take specific actions remotely, from wherever you happen to be.
Yet home safety is more than just security. What happens if your carbon monoxide detector or smoke detector goes off while you are traveling? What if there is a sudden gas or water leak? With an integrated home safety system, you can be notified of any problems as soon as they occur. You can even program your system to immediately shut off the water or gas as soon as a leak is noted.
Smart Home Automation
Do you want your bedroom lights to gradually fade up when it is time to wake? Want the bathroom to automatically give you dim light when you visit in the middle of the night? Perhaps you want your air conditioner to cycle on when you open the garage door, or your home’s lighting system to automatically adjust to changing levels of natural light.
From remotely telling your freezer you are out of ice during a party to automatically turning off your children’s bedroom TVs at a predetermined time (complete with room lights blinking for a five-minute warning), the sky is the limit when you have a fully automated smart home.
Smart Environmental and Climate Control
How would you like a fully integrated LED lighting system, with millions of programmable lighting colors, that seamlessly connects your entire home? Perhaps you want music to start in your bathroom when you turn on the shower light, “midnight snack” lighting for those late-night refrigerator runs, or to turn off the lights automatically when the last person leaves the house in the morning.
Battles over the thermostat can be a thing of the past with a smart climate control system. Fully programmable zone controls allow you to set different areas of your home to different temperatures at different times of day. And if you want to make changes, just use your smartphone or tablet to remotely access your system.
Would you like your latte dispenser to automatically brew a mix to any user’s personal taste? Perhaps you would enjoy a plate that tracks your meals, automatically sends them to your Fitbit, and even alerts you to improper portion sizes. Your refrigerator can take photos of its contents and let you know when they expire. You can even order groceries through the refrigerator’s touch screen or voice option. Your frying pan can talk you through better cooking techniques, while your smart oven offers thousands of precise temperature and time frame combinations.
Smart Home Theaters
Home entertainment has become big business, and smart home theaters are continually breaking new tech boundaries. From 4K Ultra HD TVs to projectors, Blu-Ray systems, and almost frighteningly realistic sound systems, there is no need to leave your home for theater-style movie watching. With fully integrated automation controls, you can automatically turn down the lights when you press play, bring them up partway when you press pause, and bring them back up again when you press stop. You can automatically lock your home’s doors during the movie, and even tap a light switch to find a lost remote.
Smart homes are definitely the wave of the future, but with Smart Home Houston’s home automation experts, the future can be yours today. Whatever your lifestyle, our smart home experts can design the perfect technological solutions for you.
Since 1976, Bammel TV (now Bammel TV Technology Services) has been a trusted name in small and large appliance and equipment repair. Today, ourSmart Home Houston division is bringing customers into the 21st century with a top-notch team of smart home experts who are ready to design personalized solutions to meet your family’s needs. If you are interested in taking the first steps towards a new smart home, we invite you to call us today at (281) 444-0287.
Reel-to-Reel Repair Blowout: THREE Reel to Reel Decks Restored!
Amongst our many other specializations, we’re the go-to shop in Texas for reel to reel tape deck repair.
Included in the movie clip below are two Fostex decks and one Teac reel-to-reel tape deck repairs recently performed. In the background sits another reel to reel tape deck unit, awaiting its turn in line for service and repair.
So far in 2016 we’ve repaired and restored 5 reel to reel decks, with just one unit besides determined as BER/beyond economical repair—it had heavy damage to eight internal circuit cards and, while theoretically repairable, would have incurred too much repair time and thus a high bill.
Highlights of this year’s reel to reel repairs, by model and brand:
Customer brought a Teac X-2000R with a complaint of “Check All Functions,” probably for a basic cleaning and service. Drive belt replacement and cleaning/service brought the unit back to life.
On a Teac A-4010S with complaint of “Motor Overheats,” we repaired by replacing shorted capacitors in the power supply. Unit went home safe and sound and purring nicely.
On a Teac X-10R, customer asked us to replace the drive belts/clean and service, however we found additionally that the unit would also require a new capstan motor for full functioning. Fortunately, after various efforts and vendor misdirections, we found a source, procured the motor, and repaired the customer’s unit.
Finally some words on perhaps the most challenging reel-to-reel repair we’ve done, a restoration of a very attractive Fostex G16 machine. (This is the product on the right in the movie clip below.) This unit had the special misfortune of having been in another repair shop—a circumstance we heartily disrelish, as this almost inevitably means the product will have undergone butchery and/or mutilation. In this case, the repair proved especially difficult as the prior tech—let’s be generous here and call him a tech—had re-assembled the product improperly, leaving many of the internal wiring connexions barbarously mis-connected.
Once the mal-connectivity was corrected, we found some relatively straightforward issues in the audio record circuit and these were repaired and the unit bundled up for homecoming.
Need reel to reel tape deck repair? No problem—call the professionals—that’s us.
Just another save-the-day at Bammel TV Tech Services. For our main Stereo Repair Houston page, click here.
Customer brought to us an early-1980’s vintage studio recording deck: a 2″ tape, 24-track recorder—the MCI JH-24.
The MCI JH-24 is a rather legendary studio multi-track recorder—a very impressive piece of equipment, the first commercialized 24-track recorder. Many rock classics were recorded on MCI machines: Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and the Bee Gees recorded many of their 1970’s era hits on MCI 16-track machines. The JH-24 carried an original purchase price in the $30,000 range. Even today working units are being sold online for over $8000, not including freight.
By the early 1980’s digital recording was emerging on the horizon, but many artists then, and still today, prefer the perceived “warmth” of analog recording equipment. And so we found ourselves facing a non-functioning JH-24 deck—the first one we have seen.
Assessing the Repair Prospects on the MCI JH-24, and Phase 1
Customer’s complaint was that “Tape transport won’t function.” Our diagnostic assessment found the following:
“MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION REQUIRED in POWER SUPPLY, STANDBY CIRCUIT WORK, and SYSTEM CONTROL CIRCUIT. ADVANCED TROUBLESHOOTING PLUS REPLACE OF MISC COMPONENTS INCLUDING DISPLAY LAMPS—HOWEVER IT IS OTHERWISE IN GOOD SHAPE AND REPAIR IS FEASIBLE & RECOMMENDED FOR REPAIR.”
After considerable efforts by one of our master technicians, our repair essentially stalled out—“I can’t fix it.” Despair set in. Eventually I transferred the ticket to our other master tech and assigned him a full time assistant for this challenge. The risk was considerable: should he and his team flame out, and the unit prove unrepairable, this would represent a large loss of valuable repair production time.
Phase 2: Breakthrough
The second tech team completed the remaining work, but having done so, we ran into additional complications with this very complex product. Customer had requested that at least 16 of the original 24 tracks be restored. As it turned out, each individual recording track presented individual electronic circuit issues. Both our master techs worked on the unit, and were finally successful in restoring 23 of the 24 tracks, each of which required individual troubleshooting and circuit repair, for a total repair cost below $4000—thus saving the customer over $4000 off the cost of purchasing a replacement.
Summary: We Fixed It
Finally, we presented the triumph to the customer: a restored, functioning MCI JH-24, at just half the cost of a working replacement. Just another save-the-day at Bammel TV Tech Services. For our main Pro Audio repair page, click here. Click on the video player below for a brief video review of the final, functioning unit.
Customer brought to us his Weslo Cadence DS11 treadmill for treadmill repair service, with the following complaint: “Unit powers on, but nothing activates.”
The Weslo DS11 is a lower-priced treadmill in the market, with a pretty low hp motor and 4 stock incline positions. Often found at $300 or below, could such a low-cost unit be economically repairable? To ask the famous question: was the product worth fixing? Yes!
We found that the unit’s control board had an intermittent cold solder connexion (we like British spelling, sometimes.) We repaired the connection and unit was picked up, saving the customer considerably off a new replacement.
Summary: Treadmill Repair Time at Bammel TV…
Just another save-the-day at Bammel TV Tech Services.