Calling Dave gets the fastest response. In my experience, he usually answered the phone himself. Email is hit or miss.
Perhaps he's on vacation?
Perhaps he's on vacation?
Well, sad to write this. But this is a forum that I assume allows the good and bad experiences?
I struggled for quite sometime to arrange repair of my Belles pre. I was not pleased with Dave Belles's lack of return contact and it made me wonder if I would get my pre back if I sent it in. So I took it to a local repair shop and sent Belles a e-mail informing him they would be in contact with him.
Well we never heard from Dave Belles and could not do the repair without a schematic. Finally after over 3 months of frustration I sent the pre to David Belles and explained my frustration and told him he could keep his pre. " I don't want it back, and I will never own a Belles piece! " That was in early September. So it has been a month now. I thought I would at least got a letter of some type from Belles Audio. Most manufactures will at least do something to satisfy their customer.
I guess that shows me what type of company David Belles is running...
There's really no excuse for poor service or communication, but in these one man operations there can be reasons that we can't know for certain. Perhaps he's having health issues, or family issues, or some other problem that occupies his attention.
Nevertheless, everyone has to decide when the time is right to move on.
If David Belles is in his 60's or 70's,[I have no idea],he's not running anything.Life is running him.I am sorry to hear of your experience and I would be pissed too,except try to remember,at that age your lucky to be alive,much less running a Co.Since your pre is gone with that note,you painted yourself in a corner.A wise man would of found that schematic[sp] and moved on as there are avenues yet unexplored by you and your MO.First,find out if he's alive,then contact him and apoligize for your lack of discretion,but explain your young and learning and would like to start over.Easy for me to say,except I've done that and have the scars to prove it can work.Good luck,were all in this together....
I had a similar experience with David about 18 years ago on an amp with a transformer machanical hum issue. It took over a year and three return trips to him and finally I just gave up. I continue to read about his genius in design, but that just doesn't hold water when he can not stand behind his product.
I own a Belles 350A Reference amp with which I am blissfully happy. I recently sent the amp to Dave for service, and was able to make the arrangements with minimal fuss. No, he didn't always answer the phone when I called, but he usually called me back within a couple of days. He was also fairly responsive to my emails. It took about a month to get my amp back, but it was well worth the wait.
I get the impression that Dave's business (Power Modules, Inc.) is pretty much a 'Mom & Pop' shop. I know that he personally did the work on my amp, and I suspect that's the case with each piece of equipment that comes through his doors. If he fails to answer the phone when you call, or is slow responding to your emails, it's probably because he is BUSY WORKING!
I'm more than happy to accept the occasional slow communication with Power Modules, Inc. in exchange for the satisfaction of knowing that when I do speak with someone there, it'll be the man holding the soldering iron.
Going through thins in my mind, and wanting to clear the air..... Thought I would give one last note for the sake of clearing the good name of Dave Belles. We did get everything taken care of, in fact he serviced my pre for free. Now that is MOST EXCELLENT QUALITY SERVICE!
If anything Dave Belles is a most excellent person. And I am the one with the quirks that need to be worked out (%-)~
Thank you Dave Belles!