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Where to find me?

Some people have called and asked to get my address to drop off  a unit or to ship them to me. Well here is that info-

Skywave Tape Deck Repair
617 McLean Ave.
Bensenville, IL 60106

E mail: skywavebe@sbcglobal.net

For those looking to drop off units, I am at the SW corner of O’Hare Airport not far from Route 83 and 1/2 mile  South of Irving Park Road(Rt 19).  I am here most of the time but if you are dropping off it is best to let me know when you plan to arrive.

If you have questions, my office phone is (630)616-0932.

Fuse Replacement

I get phone calls from people that tell me they changed a fuse, it burned out again and then as they burn out the third one the deck goes further and further into disrepair. First fuses are not a method of repair- they are a safety device to keep from overloaded circuit to catch fire or to lessen damage.

The guy who blows out three fuses or more is just sending his equipment further and further into higher cost as he is then doing more damage as each fuse burns out. Don’t you see the futility in all this fuse replacing? If a fuse blows out that is an indication that there is a fault and a meter needs to come out and troubleshooting done to correct the problem. Additional fuses is just the sign of a person not knowing what they are doing and I could say more but would offend some people.

What Oil Should I Use On My Machine?

A question I get from many DIY repair people. I don’t hide my findings and advise people to the best products I have found. One of them is this AMS oil product that is outstanding. If you use WD40 or a low grade oil then don’t blame me for bad performance as I have told you what is best. It gives specs better than the new deck specs. .02%wrms JIS was measured on a A2000R the first time I used it and that is a model previous to the A2300S. I now use AMS oil exclusively on my shop benches as it is the best!

https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-product/motor-oil/gasoline/sae-0w-30-signature-series-100-percent-synthetic-motor-oil/?code=AZOQT-EA&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_5rtBRDxARIsAJfxvYB02CiZPKRcvckHIV9BwRghSVqNjUgsoPRZ91Rl1pDOTvVnua4HplEaApGPEALw_wcB

Music Is On The Decline But Here.

There are so many people making what they call is music that is nothing but junk. The current listeners are at a disadvantage as they never had new musicians like Gordon Lightfoot, Gerry Rafferty and many other of the older groups. There are a couple of girls that I came across that most certainly need listening to as they are far better than many of them out there. They are the Mona Lisa Twins.

Pay attention to the quality and detail of their performance.

The Crooks at AT&T

I have a copper twisted pair land line and they not only increased the bill in one month $7.00 which is 17.5% higher but they have no good reason to do so. Not only that the government tacks on all kinds of expensive taxes that I never authorized them to do. When are the people of this nation going to take back control- IF you say we need a revolution and to out ALL these government free loaders , well I am in. This is going too far in all this day of advanced technology the land line should be going cheaper NOT more. They have far too many idiot executives at AT&T and it is far too top heavy for a company to be proficient. Elon Musk where are you with the Musk phone system- we need AT&T to go out of business. Even $30 a month for a copper twisted pair line is all it should cost as they do nothing to maintain it like VOIP lines. If a bill comes to me that I do not like I just do not pay it- what can they do to me I am going to cut their line anyway.

While places like AT&T increase prices and give worse service places like Consumer Cellular increases data plans and keep the price the same. I have been a customer for some years and I have no complaints about CC.

https://www.consumercellular.com/WhyUs/Social/Newsletter/2019/October#3

V900X, 234, and other cam system Joints now 3D printed

I have contracted with a person who can make these parts and they are tested in a 234 that does in fact work. The part is determined to be $6.00 each as there is shipping and pre-order cost involved. If you have a broken joint this one is made to be more robust as parts are thicker by this design. If you have further questions shoot away.

DBX Repair Possible

Well I was contacted some time ago by a person wishing to learn tape deck repair. Well he is doing that and moving right along to a top level Technician.

But there is another aspect of this person which has not been explored- He repairs the dBx units that other guys can’t because as some of you might know all the documents such as service manuals have been burned up. Well you get a guy who is smart enough and that will not stop him. He has already been fixing units sent to him from Greece so he is already pretty well known but I want to be sure that everyone else knows about this. The guy is Gerhard in Florida. Just to make it easy here is his signature-

Vintage Stereo Repair and Restoration
Repairing and restoring analog audio components
Teac, NAD, dbx, Revox, B&O, Pioneer
Gerhard@TheVintageAudio.com
772-713-1506

U Tube Video instructions HA!

I keep on getting people referring to U tube instruction videos. Most all of them are wrong in some way or another. The other thing is they jump over 90% of the work that needs to be done, use the wrong terms and are just totally incompetent on a Bench. Teac would never hire them. Things to watch out for- Sine wave comes from a I Phone- no real Technician would ever use this piece of junk. They have real equipment. They use a DVM to measure audio signals- This is totally wrong item to use for this and is inaccurate. They put oil where grease goes and grease where oil goes. They can not even determine the need in what they are working on. They take face plates off decks when it is totally unnecessary. Why take all this off possibly damaging parts when the real Technicians never do? You are better off calling me or Russ Bachmann in NJ to find out how to do something- NOT all technicians are so free with their advice as they are too busy. If I have 200 units sitting here waiting to be worked on what makes me want to sit and talk to a hobby person to fix his deck. Sometimes I do but there is a limit to how much I can help as some of this requires one on one training- there is no other way. I am working with some people now to expand the possible person to send units to. Gerhard is in FL and he is doing rather well with all the equipment I refer to him. Dean in Canada is overcoming his problems with cassette decks, Mike in MN is setting up his bench and getting ready to do some work. Find a correct Technician and save money as all these local shops are only there to charge you a fee without doing any real work.

Technical Notes

These detailed items are for those who are technically capable of understanding them and implementing them. The reason is that it is a way to share what is determined, designed or found to need correction on the various models noted. It will allow a technician who works on tape decks to benefit from my observations and design mods to make their repairs better or more accurate.

Do not hesitate to contribute if you have a proven and tested design mod.

Maple Trees Available Now

I have an over abundance of Silver Maple trees that have started growing in the yard. I have potted a lot of them to allow them to be planted elsewhere. Boy Scouts, Rotary clubs, clubs of all kinds that want to plant trees to help preserve nature. Well I got the trees here. $3.00 to individuals but clubs I can work out a deal.

I am in Bensenville IL 60106- near the SW corner of O’Hare Airport. 708-334-2260 come and get some. I don’t want them to die.

Being Informed

I am amazed that a lot of the clients I talk to do not or have not ever heard of Dr. Steven Greer. He is trying to bring out the truth that the Government and the Military have been trying to hide all these years from the 40’s. There are so many people that watch the sheeple news media that are really full of crap that is about garbage that does not matter. I don’t waste my time on that stuff. Anyway a new movie is about to come out that furthers the education of the public on the connection possible to those that have been here for years but have known we were not ready yet. People who are informed will know something about this.

Check it out.