Protronics Electronics Repair
1125 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK. 73107
Business hours 12 to 5:30 Monday to Friday
Specializing in Pro Audio electronic repair: Guitar amps, keyboards, power amps, speakers & FX pedals, Technics SL-1200 turntables. Speaker reconing for guitar amps, PA speakers and home stereo speakers.
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Since 1980, I have been repairing guitar amps & PA amps. Still living at home with Mom & Dad, I had a small repair table in my bedroom, had put together a heathkit oscilloscope when I was 13, and heath sold a small audio test load. I had been talking to the guy who refinished my Fender Stratocaster, Ron Lira. He was working out of his garage & had a growing business of guitar & amp repair & he also was building guitars. After visiting Ron's garage a few times to buy strings & my first amp, an Ampeg VT-22, I got a few solid state amps to repair that Ron wasn't familiar with. That relationship with Ron continued on to this day. In 1998 guitar amp, PA amp, keyboards & speaker repair became a full time focus as Protronics, right next door to Honest Ron's Guitars. www.honestronsguitars.com
Authorized Service contracts for many brands were established in 2000. Mesa Boogie, Roland, Marshall, Vox, Korg and others.
I have been playing guitar since 1976, and am familiar with a guitar players quest for good sound, or good "tone" as it is commonly referred to now. My first guitar was a Guild acoustic, followed soon by a 1964 Fender Strat. I was pulling my toys apart in the 60's to repair or fix what I could & was playing with electronics before the age of 9. At that time, Radio Shack then sold kits & books & electronic parts. Electronics became a hobbie, and I bought more test equipment, and frequently visited the many electronics parts houses that used to exist in OKC as a source of parts for TV & radio repair. When I started working on TV’s, they were using tubes, not transistors, Solid state TV's were still new. First electronic tech job as a tech trainee was at age 16 in 1979 at a local TV repair shop on N. Classen Blvd. , Jones TV & Audio Clinic. Replacing belts & parts on Beta & VHS VCR's, and learning TV, VCR, & Stereo repair from seasoned techs. Computers and digital electronics naturally became part of the electronics landscape by the mid to late 70's. A Z80 based computer running CPM with an ADDS 80 column terminal was first. I got a bit of education in Z80 assembly language and DBase II accounting program customization for my Fathers laundry leasing company. Next was a Franklin Ace 1000 Apple II clone with an add on Z80 card to run CPM. That was followed by Atari 520ST, modified by soldering in 16 more RAM IC's on top of the original IC's to double the memory to 1 megabyte, a common mod of the day. Next came IBM PC Clones which led to linux OS. I am still a big fan of Linux OS to this day. Guitar amp effects were not a big market as they are today, a local company, PAIA electronics sold synthesizers, keyboards, effects like flangers etc. I bought a few, still have a few I am using to this day. My first time at PAIA, Mom had to take me, as I was about 13 or 14. After working as an electronic tech at a few other repair shops, from Sight & Sound to Industrial Video & others, my first self employment venture was repairing computer monitors, as TV repair shops of the day did not service them. I ran an ad in a computer trade publication and had monitors shipped in from out of state for repair, besides the local market. That lasted until the monitor prices dropped by late 90's.