Anyone dealt with Gregg Hopkins at Vintage Amp Restoration?

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  1. 58 Deluxe

    58 Deluxe Junior Member

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    Hi,
    I sent him 2 Fender tweed cabinets for restoration work in March of 2013.
    I am still waiting, 4 1/2 years later. I get all worked up every time I think about it.
    Have you received your cabinet back yet?
     
  2. surge98

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    I responded to his PM, but for the sake of anyone else who might be thinking of dealing with Gregg, no I haven't received it back yet. It's been five weeks since he said he had started working on it. I will give him a little while longer before I start asking him about it again. But four and a half years is not remotely acceptable. At this point, I would demand that he return it at his expense. If he doesn't, get the police involved.
     
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    Sounds like this guy is way overdue for an old fashioned Ass Whoopin'.
     
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    By this time for both situations, IMO, he is hoping you'd forgot about it & he gained some gear. If you take on a job to do something, for hire, you have a responsibility to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time, no excuses. At least communicate about it, if there are some setbacks. If you don't have the time, don't take on the work, or send it back with an apology.

    Sorry, but I cannot fathom waiting 1 1/2 years, let alone 4 years, especially with no communication on his part. This borders on criminal, again in my opinion. I sincerely hope both of you get your equipment back, finished or not.
     
  5. 58 Deluxe

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    I've definitely given him the benefit of the doubt far too long.
    I get so busy with work trying to keep my customers happy that
    time just flies by. I chose Gregg since he came so highly
    recommended as being the best in the business. Everything I ever read
    about him was positive other than having wait a little while.
    6 to 9 months seemed to be the general consensus. The last time I heard from him
    was in March of this year. He was very nice and apologetic, saying my cabinets
    were almost ready to come home, but he has said that a few times before.
    I emailed a couple weeks ago expressing more concern than usual.
    I'm still waiting to hear back.
     
  6. surge98

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    I didn't get a response until I threatened to get the police involved. You might want to give that a try. If I manage to get in touch with him, I will tell him to finish your cabinets before he finishes mine, 4.5 years is absurd. I've not had any luck getting him on the phone either, his voicemail says that email is the best way to reach him.
     
  7. RAG7890

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    If you two do not get anywhere then you should file a complaint together.

    I would think that carries far more weight.

    Good luck............I know exactly how you feel.

    :cheers2:
     
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    Some people just flat out suck!
     
  9. sonar

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    Geez, what a nightmare.

    I think the letter was a good first step. Now try the local police to give him a scare. Do anything you can do short of getting a lawyer involved, then nobody wins.

    I'd move on from him actually finishing the work, although I doubt it was ever started in the first place. I'll bet he has never touched your pieces (apart from receiving the shipment) and is just feeding you a bunch of B.S.

    He might actually believe he'll get to your gear, but he most likely never will. Unfortunately some of us have dealt with people like this in one form or another and know how it usually ends. Either you get your gear back without work being done or you abandon it.

    Just get your stuff back (most likely unfinished) and move on.
     
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    i feel sorry for all those who have this kind of troubles ....this vintage restoration Greeg should be banned from advertising and taking on work he can't get done on time ,he has so many excuses for delays...I have been doing all Phaez Amps cabs for 10 yrs. and never let my work get behind more than one week....I do local restorations of cabs pluss building hifi speakers and monitors for studios ...but never get behind with Phaez cabs......This is coming from a 80 yr old man still able to produce on time work......Jim Peach
     
  12. The_Nuge

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    80 and still working - amazing!
    Hats off to you Sir :yesway:
     
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  13. sonar

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    Yep, my father still works at 80 consulting and writing reports. And like Jim, his customers get their services done on time.

    They don't build them like they used to.
     
  14. 58 Deluxe

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    Thanks Surge, I really appreciate that! Just mentioning my name would mean a lot.
    Gregg never replied to the email I sent 7 weeks ago so I just sent another one. Any luck with your situation? Whenever I called his phone the voice mailbox was always full. I'll keep you posted.
     
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    I would think the cops won't get involved. What laws have been broken? Lying to a customer about a timeframe to complete work isn't illegal. If you asked him to return it and he refuses, that's a different story.

    This is a job for small claims court. Ass whoopin is deserved, though.
     
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    I think 4 and 1/2 years is enough time to assume he isn't returning anything.

    Call the cops and get your stuff back. Don't wait a second longer on the promise of work.

    btw where is this Bozo located?
     
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  17. surge98

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    He's in St. Louis. Coincidentally, I just sent him another email today, a few hours before I saw that this thread had been bumped. I've had the same results trying to contact him by phone, he never answers and his voicemail is full. Probably from all the other people still waiting on work that was promised and never delivered. I did tell him that his reputation was taking a serious hit on various forums, and I asked about 58 Deluxe and his 4+ year wait. I will admit to letting this go longer than I should have, mostly because I've gotten in over my head with all the other guitar and amp projects I decided to take on. I've finally cleared that backlog and would like to finish this amp build. I think we both need to get more aggressive if we ever hope to see our cabinets again.
     
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    Thanks for mentioning me, I really appreciate it! I certainly have let this drag on longer than I should have.
     
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  19. surge98

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    One other thing you can try, contact his band if you're on Facebook. When he failed to respond to my certified letter, I sent them a message explaining the situation and asked them to contact him. Once I did that, I got an email from him a few hours later. His band is called The Melroys. They haven't posted on Facebook lately, but they do seem to respond to Facebook messages.
     
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    Your more of a man than me. After 1 year 6 months and one week to respond before I involve the police. Is much much more than i would have gave.Hell i would have got in the car in the middle of the night on a bad day just to drive the 600 and say Hi. I'm here!! MF'er
     
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