Behringer T1953 Preamp Refurb

This preamplifier and microphone processor is in the audio chain of every hit produced by Majic$tyle Studios over in Houston’s 3rd Ward.  But it quit one day.  So the music quit.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew help the Majic$tyle Crew bring back the music? Like many recording facilities around Houston, the modest studio in the back…

Peavey Bandit Combo Amp Refurb

David found this fine old Peavey combo amp in a pawn shop for almost next to nothing. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew resurrect it? This saga begins on a cool Saturday morning in the Guitar Center Pasadena parking lot.  If you look closely, you can see right through this unit.  Literally.  What are we getting ourselves…

Marshall AVT50X Combo Amp Has Issues

The customer was headed to the recording studio with his favorite amp.  However, our patient has two issues. When the unit operates, the fan is noisy and the output signal comes and goes when you tap around the headphone jack. When you don’t hear the fan anymore, the whole thing has quit. Can the Unbrokenstring…

Mackie 808S Powered Mixer Blows A Fuse

This powered mixer lives two lives; During the week, it rides quietly in the back of the sound van; When the weekend comes, it works hard as the sound system on the main stage for outdoor festivals. After years of incredibly reliable service, the unit just stopped. And it already had a date on the…

Peavey Artist Combo Amp Refurb

This Peavey Artist combo amp was WAY too distorted to suit even the most extreme metal head. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew look into this and put this unit back into service? First, a tour.  You can have two channels, or a mix of the two ‘Automix’ inputs.  This was a ‘thing’ back in the day.…

Crate Vintage Club 50 Amp Repair

St. Louis Music produced this handsome tube-based Crate amp. Robin said that this unit is ready for some service. I just love the blonde Tolex and clean appearance of this unit! The front panel reveals that this is a single input, two channel unit.  The clean channel sports conventional treble and bass controls.  Bringing the…

Bugera V22 Infinium Combo Amp Repair

This beautiful combo amp excels in all categories except one…  no audio out.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew help? Taking a walk-around, the rear panel tells us that this amp was built in Macao, PRC. Good corporate branding… The TRIODE/PENTODE switch is advertised as a ‘half-power/full-power’ switch.  The LEDs labelled “Tube Life Monitoring” light up when…

Wireless Shure SM58 Battery Leaked

This microphone was part of the estate of an amateur journalist. As she moved into treatment and into hospice, there were other concerns besides removing the batteries from unused equipment. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew revive this unit and make it usable again? This microphone is a basic SM58 capsule coupled to a battery-operated VHF FM…

Professional Advice for Those Caring For Flood-Damaged Guitars

Roy Bowen and Scott Leedy of RS Guitarworks in Winchester, Kentucky had it in their hearts to reach out to Houston area musicians, documenting their experiences gained while working with flood-damaged guitars during the big flood in Nashville back in 2010.  The Unbrokenstring Crew is honored and blessed to be able to publish this document…