Local Service Shops?

I have been working on some machines that are clearly butchered by local shops. If I was to be doing this kind off work I would not put a big gold sticker on the back saying Electronic Sale and Service. The Service part is clearly not there. You have to be careful who you hand your equipment to and one of the first signs they are only after your money is the Deposit Fee.

Another thing I find annoying is that they don’t put all the screws back or that they put them in with a jack hammer and strip out the heads. Some machines that I get in show the only thing the guy who worked on it last was good at was putting a lot of wire ties on. Of course they all have to be cut out to correct his incompetent work. Just today I had a Audio board mounted wrong with tape and insulation foam added to the board. Why not save all this time and tape and put the board in the right way? They left the front pots not tightened down and then used a cassette deck belt in an open reel. It was real dirty inside but they did nothing about that. Maybe the dirt accumulated came from their shop where it sat for a long time. Of course it works well now. Teac’s lowest reel deck of the line an X-3 derivative called a 22-2 has a wow and flutter of .018% after I got done with it. Must be that AMS Signature oil I put in.

Recently I got a Pioneer RT909 in that had the belt changed in it and new Pinch Rollers put on. Yet the person at the shop completely skipped over the stuck Pinch Roller linkage and then when the 25 V zener diode shorted, he said he could not fix the deck. What kind of people operate shops like this- this one is in MO. I find it strange that they even take them in and charge for this kind of work- they are totally bogus I would say.

Now I come across many machines from a person still unknown which I call the Sharpie Technician. The reason for the name is that all head screws are marked with a red sharpie pen. As if this wide mark would have any accuracy in putting the head back is a ridiculous idea. If anyone who aligns heads knows, the movement needed to get a 20KHz sine wave to be in phase with the other channel is such a small movement that a mark like this is just a total waste of time. Other traits of this guy are cleaned pinch roller linkages but no grease put into the transport, residue of old belts still on the flywheels and pulley, the belt is put on the WRONG way and so will not work properly, the tape tensions and 5V references on the X1000R are no where near where they should be. This is obviously some amateur trying to look like a Technician but falling very short. I am trying to find out who it is so I can warn people away from this hack.

I don’t mind other Technicians coming up and doing business- we need them badly. There are those I help to get started like Gerhard in Florida who is doing a wonderful job. I am already sending him customers and he has many good reviews.

11 thoughts on “Local Service Shops?”

  1. well ill be be. what is your name?? I worked for Sony. I used to fly up to Niles for training. and many time. I worked at the KC SSC. first one hired back in 82 when it opened.

    1. Sam Palermo, I was brought in when they could not handle the load of work they had and they kept me there for a series of weeks both at Niles and Westmont. I don’t think that we ever met but you never know. I also went to some of the Beta Video training classes they had there too.

  2. This sounds like another SEO. I have more work than I can handle, am already very well known and do not make any money on this blog selling anything. So if I get 10 or 1000 visitors it does not make a difference. Most of the posters I get are junk anyway- I don’t need any more of that.

  3. I got a ton of post like this one today which were all deleted. The fact is these work at home deals are never what they say they are and only take advantage of people in buying a business that then requires them to sell the business to others. IT IS A COMPLETE RIP OFF.

    1. Well you will not become a millionaire in it but if you do the work you can make some money. As most guys say it is feast or Famine. It takes a great deal of knowledge and experience to repair decks right and a lot of guys do not have the make-up to stay with it. The one things is you will never run out of work even with the Pandemic.

    2. It is a way to make a living that is unaffected by the Pandemic. In fact the demand that was already too high has increased since this Covid thing happened. I tell my trainees that this is NOT a way to become rich but if you like working on decks it might be a perfect place for some guys. Once you get some clients and some money in hand then I can also tell you about my knowledge of the Forex market which you can from your computer make money from. I made a $900 trade once that netted a $321 profit that only took two days to do it. The Chief of Police in my town was sending me I phone pictures of $650 a day with only two hours of trading in the morning. It take a little bit of study and you do not win all the time but if you pay attention to the technicals, you are bound to be able to make money. You can get a free trial account on Oanda with $50,000 of trial money to see if you can do it. When you are winning with fake money then it is the same exact process to do it with real money. The Police Chief did his with real money- we used to get together to compare strategy but he moved out of town. So combining the two methods, then yes you can make a good deal of money depending on your understanding of the decks and the Forex Market.

  4. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I located it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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