Tube amp repair recommendations - Western NY

Any suggestions on a shop that can repair a vacuum tube amp competently? Amp located in Western Ny (Buffalo). Thank you!
Probably not a quick drive but, Audio Classics in Vestal, NY is a good option.
Bob and Gary Backert at rhbSounddezign in Churchville Pa (near Phila) 215 355 0529. Check him out on the forum, lot of folks are extremely high on his work, both repairs, upgrades and proprietary mods.
Try Wayne over at Stereo Chamber in Orchard Park, he is quite knowledgeable in all things stereo
Most of home audio tube amps made similarly to guitar amps. Any guitar amp tech can repair your home audio amp. They can be usually found at Guitar Center or any major music stores.
"08-15-13: Stanleylocke
Probably not a quick drive but, Audio Classics in Vestal, NY is a good option."

Those guys are very good, but Stanleylocke is right. It's a very long and miserable drive. I'm guessing at least 6 hours. Vestal New York.Also, contact Niel he is in Patchoque, New York 11772. Great Guy!
John Wiesner, of Loesch Wiesner fame lives in that area. I would trust him with just about anything that has a tube in it.
Hi PTM. Wondering about John Wiesner. Is he still located in the Albany NY area or located closer to Western NY? Thanks!
Wrap It it in a full 3 inches of bubble wrap on all,sides, remove the tubes and double box it and then you have a 90% (impe) chance of it arriving safely at Audio Clasics in Vestal or Approved Audio in Litchfield, CT. Both have fixed my tube tuners/amps flawlessly and quickly. And with this recipe I have not had an "incident".
Hi Springbok. Audio Classics is an excellent idea. And thanks for the suggestion about shipping. But awkward to impliment. It is a large and heavy component. Ships inside a wooden crate and likely needs to be transported on a skid & a freight company to haul. Nice amp but not my favorite to transport.
Precision Audio
6589 Main St Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 634-8845
Audio Classics is 2 hours and 45 minutes for my home in the east side of Rochester. It would probably take you 4 hours to get to Audio Classics. Can you drop off some wings from Duff's if I meet you at the thruway? Hot with extra blue cheese.
Seriously though, everyone needs to go to Audio Classics just to see the volume of vintage Mac gear shipping to Japan. They also get tourists from Japan coming through on tour busses. The place is impressive from that aspect. It's not the most impressive place to audition gear though. This is across the river from Binghamton (5 minutes) and the college is the big draw.

Make a mini vacation of it by dropping your amp off and cruising down to the mid Hudson Valley for a tour of FDR's house and the first presidential library on the premises. Then have dinner at the culinary institute. Or, drop your gear off and drive home traveling up the wide side of Cayuga Lake and stop by the 14 wineries and several micro breweries. You could have lunch in Ithaca and stop by the several gorges and view some amazing waterfalls. Very very beautiful drive.
Tubes..., did I blink, but I don't recall seeing that you mentioned the brand make of your amp. Also, perhaps another blink, but did you mention the problem you are having? I think the answers to these questions may direct a logical course of action.

As you can see from my system description, I own ARC tube gear. Whenever I have had a relatively minor repair issue, there's a local authorized ARC service tech who makes house calls. Saves me schlepping the amp around. So far, I've never had a major repair, just an occasional blown bias resister caused by a power tube arc, but if something was seriously wrong, it's back to the factory.

If you have the original shipping crates and it's a factory trip, you're in great shape. If not, perhaps the factory can send you new shipping crates. If you're really lucky, the problem may be simple, like a blown bias resister or dried out caps.

I base my advice on my experiences.

Best of luck,

Audibleguy: Good suggestion! Wondering if Wayne at Stereo Chamber has worked on any of your gear? If so what did you have repaired?

Donjr: An order of hot wings from Duffs, I suppose you know, IS REALLY HOT!

Faziod: Thanks for the tip on Precision Audio as I was unaware of them. What did you have repaired there & what repair performed? Do you know if they do much work on tube gear? My guess is there is not much tube gear owned in this area.

Bifwynne: No blinking allowed! It didn't seem relevant to mention the amp. Of course some techs, usually those with limited experience, only work on a few types of very basic amps. I'm seeking a tech with a fair number of years doing component level replacement (not board swapping) on high-end tube gear.

Although the repair is basic (I know which components require replacing!) making the repair requires solid expertise as there's little room between components. It takes skill not to touch adjacent components in such a compact area and to not lift foils when removing a component. Also requires a gentle hand to remove the amp's top plate to access a resistor.

Yes thank goodness I have the original packaging. Though see my Aug 17 entry in this tread which mentions why I prefer to repair as local as possible vs. shipping across the country (ouch!).

Everyone else: Thank you for your suggestions.
I had a SS amp repaired replaced some caps. Wanted Wayne over at Stereo Chamber to do the work but was told they only service what they sell that was a few years back. Precision Audio was recommended to me by The Speaker Shop.
Maybe the guys at the speaker shop near UB might have a recommendation.