VINTAGE ANALOG AUDIO SPECIALIST
SERVICING QUALITY HOME AUDIO GEAR MADE BEFORE 1990 AND PROFESSIONAL ANALOG AUDIO GEAR OF ALL VINTAGES
Red Bank Vintage Audio
4708 Dayton Boulevard
Red Bank, Tennessee 37415
(Inside the Red Bank Thrift Store)
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Why Do Turntables Have Ground Wires?
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If you need a service not listed here, please contact me.
I only service quality audio gear, mostly that made before 1990. If your equipment has video inputs, bluetooth, USB ports, or a plastic faceplate/chassis, generally speaking I will not work on it.
I do not work on any units made by Soundesign, Emerson, GPX, or Yorx.
I do not work on electronic devices made by Bose, although I do work on passive Bose speakers (such as the 301, 401, 901, etc.)
I do not work on Bose Wave Radios or Bose subwoofer/satellite systems.
I do work on quality modern turntables, but I do not work on the cheap units made in the last five years or so and sold under the names of:
Ion, Innovative Technology, Victrola, Crosley, Craig, Studebaker, Teac, Magnavox, TechPlay, D & L, Voksun, Boytone, Jensen, Electro Brand, Electrohome, SeeYing, Lukor, Dmyco, Popsky, Lauson, NECA, ClearClick, 1byone, Onn, Memorex, Wockoder, Musitrend, Philco, Pyle, Vibe, Brookstone, HeyDay, Thomas Pacconi, Byron Statics, Altec Lansing, BelAir, iLive, Anders Nicholson, Trexonic, Capehart, Sylvania, RCM, Vinyl Styl, Feir, Montclair, Auna, Gadhouse, Zbrqotl (!!), LoopTone, Back To The 50's, Red, Polaroid, Sharper Image, Verdict, Rock 'N' Rolla, Hype, Urban Outfitters, etc.
I do not work on console stereos, tabletop stereos, "rack systems," boomboxes, portable units of any kind, or car audio gear.
Here is some of my recent work. You can click on any picture to see it full size.
My name is Scott Grammer. I started repairing audio gear in Chattanooga in 1977, as a thirteen-year-old apprentice in a four-technician repair shop which no longer exists. At that same time I was the youngest person on Red Bank Baptist Church's Sound Committee. Some of the most sought-after vintage gear of today was new and still under warranty when my career started, or else had yet to appear on the market. I worked on hundreds of these pieces over the following years under warranty as a factory authorized technician.
In the 1980's I worked as an engineer in a Hixson, TN home studio running a Tascam 80-8 and a Tascam 35-2, and I engineered my first record there, "To Be Loved," by Dana Reed. I also worked as a live sound reinforcement engineer, running a 2kW tri-amped sound system whose all-horn loudspeakers I designed and built. That system and I worked a number of concerts at Bryan College in Dayton, TN.
In the '90's I worked at various repair shops, including the service centers of Car Tunes, Champion Rent To Own, and R&R Electronics. From 1998 until 2002 I was a "Spec-4" (senior level) audio technician for a regional Sears service center, with a number of less-experienced techs under my supervision. It was during this time that I began building my own vacuum-tube amps as a hobby.
I have also worked as chief engineer of Southern Sky Recording Studio, which was in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where I installed and maintained one of the first Pro Tools systems in the area (1992). The background behind this text is a picture of me wiring one of the microphone input panels at Southern Sky before it opened. I am also an experienced computer technician.
After being out of the audio business for many years, I am back in business, and ready to handle your vintage audio service, restoration, and upgrade needs. You can see testimonials from some of my clients here.
Scott Grammer, Vintage Audio Specialist
c/o Red Bank Thrift Store
4708 Dayton Boulevard
Red Bank, TN 37415
(Inside the Red Bank Thrift Store, next door to Lillie Mae's Place.)
Please do NOT ship items to me until you have contacted me. Please call, text, or email first, and I'll explain how I do things and how to ship your unit.
scottwgrammer at hotmail dot com (I spelled it out this way to avoid spambots!)
Cell: 423.362.1866 (business hours only, please)
Tues - Fri: 9AM - 6PM Eastern (subject to vary, please call or text before coming by to avoid a wasted trip).
Saturday: By Appointment.
Sunday: By Appointment.
NEW BUSINESS HOURS
I have always allowed folks to make appointments on the weekends to drop off or pick up gear, but it has become so commonplace that I am going to start being closed on Mondays beginning May 15, 2023. As always, it's a good idea to call or text before coming by, as my schedule changes due to health issues. Thanks for understanding.
COMING IN 2023:
You know it's true, the price of everything is going up. From Aardvarks to Zippos, (admittedly, I haven't bought either of these lately), prices are going up. And so it goes with my services. Beginning January 2, 2023, my bench fee will be $100, but as always that entire amount goes towards your repair if you approve your estimate. Estimates will rise as well, but no more than necessary, I promise. I'm not getting rich doing this, that's for sure.
AUGUST 26, 2022:
THE RUSH OPTION IS OVER.
Due to the issues it has caused, combined with my limited ability to work due to health issues, I am ending the rush option. From now on, all repairs that come in must wait their turn like all others, in order to be fair to everyone.
I recently spent several hours at my doctor's office where I was told that I am now diabetic, and that my blood pressure has risen considerably. This, combined with my ongoing fight with Lymphedema, is what has limited my ability to turn out work like I used to. However, I am on new meds, including Metformin for my diabetes, and I hope this will improve my health to the point that I can work full time once more on your audio gear.
RED BANK VINTAGE AUDIO IS EXPANDING!
My shop is about to double in size, with additional workbenches and storage, and I have taken on an apprentice. This will, once done, result in more work getting done and so you won't have to wait so long for your work to be finished. Keep an eye on my YouTube Channel for updates. The actual physical expansion was supposed to take place on the weekend of the 27th of August, but it will instead take place the following weekend so that I can spend this weekend trying to catch up on some units that have been waiting far too long.
I MADE A MISTAKE.
Somehow, sometime in the past, perhaps when I was doing a data backup of my work tickets and service literature, I misplaced a number of work tickets in my computer. They got moved to an incorrect folder, and because I could not see them, I did not work on the units these tickets represented when I was supposed to. I have discovered (I hope) all the misplaced tickets, and have begun knocking these repairs out as quickly as possible. I apologize to everyone for this, it was my fault and my fault alone, and I will make it right the best I can. Thanks for your patience.