About Classic Audio Repair
Classic Audio Repair, Inc. has been
servicing San Diego in the current Normal Heights location since 1994 .
We are the premier servicer of classic and vintage audio from the 1950s
to the 1980s.
We also service a variety of modern home audio products. See the "What we service" section of our website for more information.
Early Beginnings to present day...
Fred Longworth, the owner of Classic Audio Repair, started servicing
audio in San Diego as early as 1973. Fred originally founded Audio
Workshop at the corner of Cable and Voltaire in Ocean Beach. Neil
Edquist joined Audio Workshop in 1977, creating one of the
highest skilled service centers for audio in Southern California. At the time
Audio Workshop was an authorized servicer for Pioneer, Technics, Sony,
Kenwood, Harman/Kardon, JVC, Akai, EPI, ESS, Dual, Garrard, BSR, and
1978 to 1979, Fred attended a special program at the University of
California - "University Without Walls" - studying Audio Engineering.
From 1981 to 1982, Fred was Chairman of the Council of Delegates of the California State Electronics Association.
Audio Workshop changed into Audio/Video Workshop under the direction
of Neil Edquist after Fred and Neil split in 1985. Neil continued to
operate the business until 2002, when Lucy's Bar took over the
building. Neil unfortunately died from cancer in December, 2006.
in 1985, Fred went to work for Matsushita (we know them as Panasonic)
and managed the Panasonic Factory Service center in Kearney Mesa until
1991 when he left the company to pursue other matters. During the time
at Panasonic, he obtained an MBA in 1990 from National University,
graduating at the top of his class. In 1992, Fred obtained a
professional Certificate of Hazardous Materials Management from the
University of California.
In 1994, Fred opened Stereotech, at the present location of 3401
Adams Ave. In 2002 the name of the business changed to Classic Audio
Repair, after it became clear that the Chinese production of cheap
electronics that were largely unsupported by their non-Chinese
manufacturers meant that
fixing the "new stuff" was a quick way to go out of business. Fred
redirected the business to the repair and restoration of vintage gear.
It remains so to this day.
The Next Generation
In 2005, Fred began
seeing an individual posting on AudioKarma about repairing and restoring
vintage audio. There were also frequent Craigslist postings depicting
beautiful restorations of equipment. This fellow went by "JPDylon"
February of 2007,This individual walked into Classic Audio Repair on a
Saturday after the acquisition of an amplifier through Craigslist.
Traipsing through the crowd, the individual introduced himself as "that
JPDylon guy." After proving through some customer repair work on the
spot his skills in audio repair, Fred hired JP to work for Classic
Who is this JPDylon guy?
Jordan Pier, known online as
JPDylon, has been servicing audio since a young age. His early
years with electro-mechanical things started out with an obsession with
antique fans. Even at the age of 5, he would take them apart, clean,
lubricate and repair them, and use them.
father, having a
background in Electronics and standby power systems, educated Jordan on
how NOT to kill himself and how to stay safe when working with
electronics. At the age of 8, Jordan would now buy antique radios
at yard sales and thrift stores, and through education reading
technical repair manuals, learned how to repair them and resell them.
As a "kid", he also had a growing fascination with cars, as his father
the family mechanic. His father tought him how to work on cars, which
helped increase his understanding of mechanical things.
At age 10,
he began learning how to repair vintage television sets, which he still
does as a hobby to this day. A neighbor - a retired naval radar
technician, saw Jordan's interests in servicing electronics and gave
him radios, test equipment, and literature for furthering his education
in electronics service.
At age 12, he was given his first tube
tester as a Christmas present from his parents. No more taking tubes
down to the antique radio store (at the time in downtown La Mesa) to
At age 13, a friend of the family's neighbor passed
- Frank W Garrison. Frank had been servicing televisions in San Diego
for some time, and left all his equipment behind for his wife Millie to
deal with after his death. After she and Jordan met and came to an
agreeable amount, Jordan hauled off all he could from the Garrison
estate. Tubes, equipment, literature, spare TVs, and many more items.
Even a Sansui 1000a tube receiver - which he serviced and continues
to use to this day. This was the beginning of his audio service career.
After reading various manuals on tube and transistor theories,
he decided to take a stab at audio. Unlike TV repair - which gives you
visual feedback. Audio is far more difficult to troubleshoot without a
generator and scope. Much like before with fans, radios, and TVs,
Jordan would buy whatever he could get his hands on - dead or alive.
This allowed him a hands on experience with audio, to experience
failures, symptoms, and understand how to repair them. He would then
resell his restorations and pocket the profit.
At the age of 16,
he had saved enough money from these endavors to buy his first
car - a 1974 Dodge Dart Swinger, with a slant six and a torqueflite.
Now the car hobby would take off. He still drives a 74 dart to work and
back every day. Repairing old cars, and turntables gave him great
pleasure to be able to utilize his mecahnical skills.
In high school, he would sell kids restored vintage audio, and got a huge positive response from fellow students.
college years, he had formal training in computer hardware,
troubleshooting, networking, and electronics theory at Cuyamaca
College. Though he had jobs
repairing and maintaining computers and networks - he always came back
to audio as a hobby. For a short time he even worked for Time Warner
Communications as a network troubleshooter, but never found as much
pleasure as repairing audio gear.
In 2005, Jordan joined
AudioKarma to discuss the repair and restoration of vintage audio with
other techs and fanatics, where he met Fred Longworth. He provided many
technical articles and an Advent Speaker database. He left active
membership around 2011 after the site became too large and biased toward "audiobabble".
In 2007, Jordan Joined forces with Fred Longworth
and have now re-created the audio service giant Audio Workshop once
was - and more! Together there isn't much they can't repair (within economic
reason, of course.)