Vintage audio gear repair shops in Bay Area?


Does anybody know good (reliable, with expertise, not too expensive) vintage audio gear repair shops between San Francisco and San Jose? Just acquired an amplifier from the 50s that was for years in storage and would like it to be checked.

Absolutely!! The Sound Well in Berkeley.
One of the few places where honesty reigns. Sales of very nice vintage equipment with an outstanding service dept. Prices are as reasonable as you'll find anywhere. I personally check their website for vintage equipment on a weekly basis. I'm a former McIntosh dealer and I couldn't recommend them more highly.
You could also try Nick Gowan at True Sound in Campbell.
He is a most excellent technician!
Nick's email is


Been working with Nick since around 1980; he is quite reliable and if he recommends something it is the Right Thing.