Leslie speaker maintenance and repair

Original Leslie speakers with tube amps haven’t been produces new since the 70ies. Now being 40+ years old it’s very likely they don’t fuction like new anymore, most of the times far from it. Know symptoms are:

 

– Hum, hiss  and pop and crackle sounds coming from the speakers
– Dull and lifeless sound
– Unwanted mechanical noises
– Low volume, unwanted distortion
– Rotors wont accelerate and slowdown  like they should and/or are stuck
– Rotors turn too slow

 

A Leslie speaker is essential for the beloved Hammond sound. The get your Leslie in perfect condition it needs maintenance, just like a Hammond. Vintage Instrument Service oofers three service packages. Of course we can also do repairs for you too, scroll below for a pricelist of the most common repairs. All prices apply for Leslie models 122/142/222/242, 147/145/247, 251 and 351  and include materials and VAT. Contact us for other models. NOTE, we don’t work on Leslie clones. DONT ASK!!

 

We can work on your Leslie at you place , but will charge extra for that. It is however recommended to have the work done in our workshop. You can bring it or we can collect is for you. We will charge extra for that.  

 

Leslie speaker PACKAGE 1 €70,- incl vat

 Lubricating mechanics

– Tensioning bassrotor belt

– General check and fix small defects (excluding materials)

  

Leslie speaker PACKAGE 2 €300,- incl vat

 Lubricating mechanics

– Tensioning bassrotor belt

– General check and fix small defects (excluding materials)

– Replacing three rotor bearings plus new bearing grommets

– Replacing rubber O-rings motors

– Replacing all motor grommets

– Replacing  spindle plate grommets

 

 

Leslie speaker PACKAGE 3

147/145 €690,- incl vat

122/142 €725,- incl vat

251 €700,- incl vat

 Lubricating mechanics

– Tensioning bassrotor belt

– General check and fix small defects (excluding materials)

– Replacing three rotor bearings plus new bearing grommets

– Replacing rubber O-rings motors

– Replacing all motor grommets

– Replacing  spindle plate grommets

– Replacing preamp and poweramp tubes

– Complete rebuild amp (all new pots, electrolytic caps, caps, resistors and diodes)

– Rebuild crossover

 

Leslie speaker PACKAGE 4

147/145 €875,- incl vat

122/142 €940,- incl vat

251 €1.060,- incl vat

 Lubricating mechanics

– Tensioning bassrotor belt

– General check and fix small defects (excluding materials)

– Replacing three rotor bearings plus new bearing grommets

– Replacing rubber O-rings motors

– Replacing all motor  grommets

– Replacing  spindle plate grommets

– New rotor belts (=NEW!)

– Replacing preamp and poweramp tubes

– Complete rebuild amp (all new pots, electrolytic caps, caps, resistors and diodes)

– Rebuild crossover

– Installation silent relais (TREK II)

  

Repairs and modifications

At Vintage Instrument Service it is possible to have rapairs and (some) modifications done. See below for a list of the most common repairs for the classic tube model Leslies. Since we aim for authenticity don’t ask us to do exotic mods like installing speakon plugs or make custom cabinets etc. All prices include materials and VAT.

 

 repair and maintenance   
 Tensioning belts + adjusting motors € 30
 Cleaning + adjusting motors € 150
 Replacing three rotor bearings + new bearing grommets € 125
 replacing motor and bearing grommets € 62,50
 Replacing bass speaker, from € 170
 Replacing treble driver, from € 300
 Replacing tubes 122 (ex 0c3) €135
 Replacing tubes 147 (ex 0c3) € 115
 Replacing tubes 251 (ex 0c3) € 182,50
 Rebuild 122 amp and crossover (all new pots, electrolytic caps, caps, resistors and diodes) € 290
 Rebuild 147 amp and crossover (all new pots, electrolytic caps, caps, resistors and diodes) € 255
 Rebuild 251 amp and crossover (all new pots, electrolytic caps, caps, resistors and diodes) € 350
 Rebuild 760 amp and crossover (all new  electrolytic caps) € 150
 Replacing relais std  € 90
   
 Modifications  
 Installation silent relais (TREK II) € 185
 50-60 hz conversion  € 125
 Singe to dual speed conversie (pre 122/147/251 models) € 625
 6, 9 or 11 pin adapter with AC-cable, footswitch and jack input € 150

 

Other reapairs can probably be done as well for an hour rate of €70,- including VAT, but excluding any materials. Definitive costs can differ depending on the exact production place, year and condition of the Leslie speaker. We can also do (some) work on other models like the 120, 125, 720, 760, 770, HL722, HL822, 860 and 925.  Contact us  for that.