Gary Dahle Pro Audio Repair

  507 Hancock Ave.                                                   
Sarasota, Florida 34232                                                   
(941) 379-2O77                                                    

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Current Shop Hours:
10:00AM to 4:30PM
Tues thru Thur 

We can repair your guitar amp, bass amp, tube amp, solid state amp, P.A. system, mixer,  power amp, guitar wiring, bass wiring, speaker system, effects pedals and other pro audio equipment. We are an authorized repair center for many brands. Work is done in our repair shop located in Sarasota, Florida. Check our used gear for amps, mixers, speakers and other equipment. We are a Groove Tubes dealer. We do Mercury Magnetics transformer installs. Check the photo gallery for some photos of vintage tube amps and other equipment in for repair.

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We are an authorized Groove Tubes dealer


About Groove Tubes

Groove TubesĀ® started back in the late 1970's when Aspen Pittman, founder and visionary, hired some technical folks to explore why tubes performed and sounded the way they did. Driven by passion and curiosity, Aspen and his team of engineers discovered entirely new ways to measure tube operating characteristics, along with new ways of interpreting these test data results. This research and passion became the foundation for the Groove TubesĀ® performance testing and matching process we still use today.

How We Get That Groove Tubes Sound
Guitarists both yesterday and today can be linked by one piece of equipment: The tube amp. With all the strides in transistor amp technology, guitarists still prefer tube amps. Why do tube amp designs sound and feel differently from solid-state? Simply, tubes work differently.

What is a tube? A tube is an electronic device consisting of a minimum of four active elements: a heater (filament), a cathode, a grid and a plate. All sealed in a vacuum glass enclosure to prevent parts from burning. Once heated, the cathode begins to emit electrons, which flow from the cathode (which is negatively charged) toward the plate (which is positively charged). The grid's purpose is to control this flow, in effect, acting as a valve.

How do Tubes Work? When the guitar's pickup produces a small voltage (the result of the string vibrating in the pickup's magnetic field), this signal is applied to the grid, which causes a large current flow from the cathode to the plate.

Because of this, a correspondingly large voltage now appears at the plate. A portion of the amp's electronic circuitry, the grid bias control, adjusts the proper voltage setting of the grid. When the grid bias is properly set, the tube is balanced to the circuit, and therefore produces a clean, powerful signal. The plate is connected to an output transformer, which matches the impedance to that of the speaker.

How do Tubes Distort? As the signal emitting from the plate approaches its maximum potential, the tube gradually begins to react less and less to the original input signal. This results in a type of compression of the signal, and the signal becomes cut off or "clipped." Tube distortion ("clipping") occurs gradually, producing low order distortion which compliments the original signal, creating a warm sound. This is also why it's easy to move between clean and distorted tones.

Gary Dahle Pro Audio Repair is an authorized service center for Ampeg, Blackstar, Crate, Crest Audio, EVH, Eden, Fender, Gallien Krueger, Gretsch, Groove Tubes, Hartke, Hughes and Kettner, Kustom, Line6, Mackie, Marshall, Mercury Magnetics, Mesa Boogie, Peavey, Randall, Samson, Sound Tech, SWR, Traynor, Vox and Yorkville products.

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