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Synth repair in U.K

Postby KONTAKT1968 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:44 pm

My ARP Odysseys sick and in need of TLC.
Serching for techs in southest England ive come up with The synth prof in Suffolk and Synthrestore in Bedford does anyone have experience of either positive or negative please? :?
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:00 am

Hi there, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

Have a search here, since there’s been quite a lot of discussion about who to recommend and who hangs on to faulty synths for months without seeming to actually spend any time trying to repair them :headbang:


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Re: Synth repair in U.K

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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby KONTAKT1968 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:11 am

Thanks very much.
I had searched but didnt unearth the top thread which pretty much answers my question.
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:35 pm

My pleasure 8-)


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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby feline1 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:52 pm

SynthProf have fixed 4 of my machines in the past year, and done a splendid job, sorting things which in some cases other chancers and cowboys in days gone by had failed to fix.

Three of them, they turned around very quickly,
and for a fourth, where that wasn't possible (cos they needed to source parts, and it was just being STUBBORN and defying the laws of science :), they kept me in the picture regarding timescales so I was quite happy to wait.

Can I also just bemoan how UPS still managed to bloody break one of the machines again on its way back! ARRRGH. Whereupon SynthProf took it back, fixed the damage and hand-delivered it back in not much more than a week.
It seems it doesn't matter how good your flightcase, how much bubble wrap you use, or how much "FRAGILE" stickers are all over your machine: UPS will still kick it round their depot for you. :protest:
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Folderol » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:05 pm

I wonder if there is a viable market for a delivery organisation that specialises in transporting fragile goods.
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Scramble » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:05 pm

There are such firms. My brother-in-law, for example, is a professional artist and sculptor and he has some firm that delivers fragile stuff for him. Obviously it costs more, though. He did send me their details a while back, not sure I still have them.
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:51 am

I know of other companies who have given up using couriers because of all the breakages, and now rely on their own drivers because it's cheaper in the long run than having to write off expensive gear that's been dropped :headbang:


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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby feline1 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:02 pm

Yeah, Scan PCs hand-delivered my machine in 2010, for instance.

I think there's considerable scope for some kind of under-cover CCTV investigative journalism on what goes on in the depots of these courier companies - indeed Channel 4's DISPATCHES is ideally named to tackle it :)
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Sam Inglis » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:00 am

I'm sure I've mentioned the courier company which attempted to deliver an expensive synth keyboard to one of our reviewers by throwing it over a six-foot garden wall...
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby feline1 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:16 am

Sam Inglis wrote:I'm sure I've mentioned the courier company which attempted to deliver an expensive synth keyboard to one of our reviewers by throwing it over a six-foot garden wall...

I hadn't heard that before! Do tell us more...
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Sam Inglis » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:23 am

I think their excuse was that it was early in the morning, and they didn't want to ring the bell for fear of waking the occupants. So instead they woke them by hurling a piece of expensive music hardware onto the garden path from a great height.
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:38 am

When I took delivery of my PMC IB1s years ago I caught the delivery driver slide the second of the very large and heavy shipping boxes on to the edge of the lorry tailgate, and then push it over so that it overbalanced and fell about four feet on to its end on the ground! I didn't see how he unloaded the first one, but I imagine he did it the same way.

Needless to say, both speakers had been damaged in the process. The magnet motor assemblies on both midrange units had shifted on their axes resulting in very obvious distortions. Both units had to be replaced.:headbang: I don't think PMC use that courier company any more!

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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby James Perrett » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:36 pm

feline1 wrote:how much "FRAGILE" stickers are all over your machine

Erm - you do realise that couriers treat Fragile stickers as an invitation to try to break your parcel don't you?

Pack it well but keep it anonymous and don't give the couriers any hint that they should try and break it.

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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby ken long » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:54 pm

James Perrett wrote: couriers

they're called "throwers" in the trade...
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby feline1 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:38 pm

James Perrett wrote:
feline1 wrote:how much "FRAGILE" stickers are all over your machine

Erm - you do realise that couriers treat Fragile stickers as an invitation to try to break your parcel don't you?

Pack it well but keep it anonymous and don't give the couriers any hint that they should try and break it.

IT'S FUNNY COS IT'S TRUE etc etc :headbang:
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby feline1 » Sun May 13, 2012 1:05 pm


Oh dear - I had to finally go to Trading Standards about a particular synth repair outfit...
...only to find that the ConDems have cut Trading Standards for 'consumers', and they just tell you to go to Citizens Advice instead. So I've referred the matter there instead.
Horrible to have to do it though, it's only going to end in tears :frown: I seem to have run out of other options though.
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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby Peter Conz Connelly » Tue May 15, 2012 10:32 am

feline1 wrote:
Oh dear - I had to finally go to Trading Standards about a particular synth repair outfit...
...only to find that the ConDems have cut Trading Standards for 'consumers', and they just tell you to go to Citizens Advice instead. So I've referred the matter there instead.
Horrible to have to do it though, it's only going to end in tears :frown: I seem to have run out of other options though.

I feel your pain ref: Trading Standards. I had an abysmal accountant who was a complete liability and nearly cost me my business but, when I presented my case to Trading Standards, they told me it was a civil issue and I needed to take it up with my, now previous, accountant.

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Re: Synth repair in U.K

Postby feline1 » Tue May 15, 2012 2:58 pm

Hmm, well Trading Standards just sent me a standard email saying I should contact Citizen's Advice.

Citizens Advice then just sent me an email saying "well, the trader appears to be in violation of x, y and z, so write to them and tell them off". Which I'd done already and nothing had happened! Which is why I went to Trading Standards.

Ho hum. I guess I'll write a Final Letter... if that fails it's County Court time. Arrrgh.
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