Just trying to give a head's up about my experience with Rich Lovato to the Gear Page. Rich is an amp tech/builder in the Los Angeles area. I used him as an amp tech from about 2002-2005, and he was outstanding. He would pick the amp up, check it out and call back with his diagnosis in a matter or hours. He would do the repair and get the amp back within days. I bought a two of his pre-made amps, and I thought there wouldnt be any problem if I had him build an amp for me. So in February, 2006, I gave Rich payment in full to build an 18-watt amp for me. I also gave him one of the amps I had previously bought from him to sell for me to offset the cost of the new amp. He told me that the build time would be 18 weeks. So here we are in January, 2009, and I have neither amp. I gave Rich a little over a year before I started asking about the amps. He repeatedly stated that the 18-watter was made, and both it and the other amp were in storage. At one point, I had about six texts from him saying the same thing: he was on the road and would deliver the amp next month. After several months without hearing from him, I filed a case with small claims court. He had no address to send the papers to, his land phone line had been disconnected, and his e-mail address was no longer valid. After a couple of failed attempts, I ended up serving the papers to his mother. He said he would deliver the amps before the court date or even show up at the court with the amps. The night before the trial, I talked with him, and he was surprised to hear that I hadnt canceled. He told me he wasnt going to show up because he took a last minute job for that morning. I contacted the powers that be at TGP about warning everybody in November, and I sent them the paperwork from the case as well as all copies of the receipts and canceled checks. They gave me the okay before Thanksgiving, but I waited this long to post this because I kept hoping Id be able to report a happy ending. The latest news from him was that the earthquake we had in Southern California in October destroyed the cabinets of both amps, so hed need to remake them and put new tolex and grill cloth on them. All of his tolex and grill cloth with the exception of a roll with pink and white diamonds were destroyed and Id have to wait for him to receive a shipment from England. The cabinets were made, and hed tolex them and add the grill cloth and deliver them.