Amptech Systems & TUBETVSHOP.COM
Transforming Vintage Electronics from Worn to Working Since 2002
Welcome to the AMPTECH SYSTEMS web site and our TUBETVSHOP.COM portal. We're always growing and evolving while remaining a family-owned business. For 2013 & 2014, we're making continuous upgrades to our offices, service shop, & web site. The fresh perspective brought by the newest member of the Amptech Systems / TUBETVSHOP.COM team opens a new chapter in the ongoing development of one of the nation's most recognized providers of professional Restoration service for Vintage TV & Electronics.
Welcoming Our Newest Teammate
Amptech Systems welcomes our friend, Rachelle Alexander, to the team! The friendship between Rachelle and the Amptech Systems team began in 2004 when she delivered a 1949 Philco TV purchased on eBay as our area's driver for DHL and started a conversation that continued on several subsequent Pickup & Delivery stops at our shop. By early 2013, Rachelle was well on her way to being counted among John's all-time best friends and joins the team as the newest member of our Sales & Data Entry team as of October, 2013. Rachelle's quick mastery of new assignments also shows great potential for her filling the Apprentice Technician vacancy here in 2014.
New for 2013
Our goal for 2013 is continued expansion of our Restoration capabilities. Making high-quality Restoration services affordable for any "Family Heirloom" Radio, TV, or similar device has been an Amptech Systems tradition since 2002. We're a lot like the old-fashioned "Mom & Pop's TV Shop" of some 50 years ago. We're more than a web presence; we're people with names like John, Dave, Ann, and Todd. Yes, we can even do in-home Service Calls for our semi-local clients after initial Restoration (northeastern Ohio / northwestern Pennsylvania ... ask about our Field Service availability area).
Spotlight on Tube Audio for 2013!!!
Because tube audio was the original inspiration for the Amptech Systems name, professional servicing of Hi-Fi, Phonograph, Guitar Amplifier, and other Tube Audio has always been among our favorite services to offer along with Vintage TV servicing which seems to be the type of service most often requested. Recently, we performed some Vintage TV work for a client in New York who mentioned that Jukebox Amplifier servicing is an area of Vintage Electronics servicing where demand exceeds supply. So, while continuing to refer advanced servicing of cosmetic, mechanical, and selection circuitry to jukebox specialty shops such as http://www.pinballjukeboxrepair.com/ , we at Amptech Systems are officially entering the marketplace in response to growth opportunities in Jukebox Amplifier servicing. All makes, all models; Amptech Systems offers recapping of the audio amplifier chassis of any jukebox equipped with a tube-type amplifier, whether stereo or monaural. Deposit and Estimate policies for jukebox amplifier servicing are the same as our standard Radio/Audio/Miscellaneous ($35 Deposit, typically one-week turnaround time from date of receipt of chassis to be serviced and completion of Estimate, one to four weeks for Restoration from date of Estimate approval ander normal workload conditions). To request Jukebox Amplifier service, simply select "Amplifier (Jukebox)" from the "Type of Set" menu when filling out the Request Restoration form and provide contact and service request information as usual. If the Chassis Model Number of the jukebox is known, please include that number in the "Notes" section.
Your "Roundie" Color TV Headquarters
Attention Philco Predicta owners! We have just completed documentation of a Philco Predicta Restoration and are ready to showcase that we offer Restoration for all models in the Predicta series and all conventional-cabinet models using chassis of the Predicta class (such as the Miss America and Slender Seventeener models). View Dave's excellent article and photos here.
The Restoration Request form has just been repaired after an extended period of "down" time of which we only recently became aware. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The Restoration Request form has been confirmed to have full functionality as of today, July 23, 2010.
You may also want to visit Big Dave's personal Vintage TV site to view his impressive collection. Dave's personal page is located at http://evilfurnaceman.tripod.com/
We now offer re-stuffing service for multi-section electrolytic capacitors. Cost is $10 to $25 labor plus materials (varies by number of sections, capacitance and working voltage ratings of individual sections). Original capacitor units must be structurally intact (mounting ring and lugs unbroken). Email Us to request a quote for custom re-stuffing of specific capacitor types.
We are also equipped to service Vintage Automobile Radio. Service available for all tube-type and most transistor models, 6V or 12V DC, positive or negative ground. Our Bench Power Supply can operate any Vintage Auto Radio for troubleshooting, alignment, or post-service testing. We have serviced radios for 1937 Plymouth, 1953 Buick, 1963-65 AMC/Rambler, 1970-75 General Motors, and others.
Experience has shown that foreign sets typically require replacement of a far greater number of their original components during Restoration than American products require in order to obtain satisfactory performance. For this reason, and due to a trend we have observed whereby foreign products typically require far more Labor during the debugging process, we have determined that Restoration of foreign sets is typically not economically feasible. We will no longer accept Restoration requests for foreign items. Limited exceptions to this new policy will be made at our discretion, but Labor rates and prepaid Deposit amounts for the servicing of imported items will be greater than those for American sets.
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Last modified: 10/24/13