New update - July 20, 2022
Today, July 20, marks the last day that I can accept any incoming repair work (except for units already in transit).
Many people are asking for my referrals/recommendations for where to take you amps in the future. Please stay tuned. I'll put up some info in the coming days/weeks before I close up shop completely.
Also, I will selling off some gear, tools, parts, project amps, cabinets, furniture, fixtures, benches etc. soon. Stay tuned for info on that. I'll list items online and offer days for anyone interested to come by the shop and see what we have left.
For now, I have a pile of amps to repair.
New updates as of July 17, 2022
Update on closing of the shop. I can't believe this time has arrived so quickly! It's been a really great run! Lots of good times, great friends, great music! I will miss you but I'll pop into Facebook from time to time to see what's happening. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your business, your trust and your referrals! You all made AAL work! And you never know, I might be back after a while so stay tuned to this page.
Now for the business stuff.
That being said, I'm still not quite done yet! I will be taking work as normal this week (no solid state) and maybe part of next week but will be closed for the day on Monday July 25. I will monitor the workflow during the last week of July to insure all work can be completed by early August. No new work will be accepted in August. All work MUST be paid and picked up by August 9 at the absolute latest! Anything not picked up will be put in a storage unit and storage will be billed at $2 per day until it is paid and picked up. Since I'll be in and out of Atlanta over the next few months and there will be minimal opportunities to pick up anything so storage costs could be high. Any items left by the middle of October will be sold.
Stay tuned for more updates.
ANDREWS AMP LAB WILL BE CLOSING ITS DOORS SOON – Best to get right to the headline so nobody misses it!
It’s finally time to make the announcement I’ve been working towards for many years.
After 43 years in the electronics service business and tens of thousands of items going across my bench, it’s time to take a nice long break. My wife and I have just purchased a sailboat that we will be living on as we travel on adventures in the Caribbean, Central and South America and possibly beyond. We’re selling our house and most of our possessions and will be living a simpler lifestyle, mostly “off the grid”.
At this time, I’m calling this a sabbatical. I’ll be away for at least 1 year. Depending on how things go, I could be back in a year and re-open the shop, or 2 years, or 5 years or never. Time will tell.
My seventeen years running Andrews Amp Lab has been an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much and made many friends. The shop has endured start-up challenges, technical challenges, growing pains, “The Great Recession” and a pandemic and it’s still going strong, thanks to all of you! When I opened the shop, I wasn’t sure if it would survive but thanks to your support, I squeaked through that first few years and eventually had a viable business. The little opening night celebration we had in 2005 seems like just a few years ago. How time flies! Taking care of your amps has been an honor and a privilege. I am humbled by your trust and so thankful for your repeat business and your referrals. Stepping away from all this is a bittersweet experience. Even though this new life will be an exciting adventure, there is a lot I will miss but life is short. It’s now or never so here we go!
The shop will be gradually winding down over the next couple of months. Starting with a few changes right away (see below) and by late July, we will stop taking in any new work. All repaired amps must be picked up by the first of August. Also, due to a previously scheduled vacation, I’ll be closed for the first two weeks of July.
As part of the winding down process, I will be making a few changes.
• Effective immediately, I will not be accepting any more solid-state gear except for Echoplex and Roland Space Echo.
• I’ve recently adopted a one-hour minimum labor charge ($90) on all repairs which is due as a deposit when the item is dropped off for repair.
• Watch for changes in business hours. At some point, I’ll likely start closing on Fridays. For now, we will maintain our normal business hours.
• I’ll be selling off some tools, test equipment, furniture, fixtures and other items from the shop.