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 Cell phone is 708-334-2260.

Google phone if I am at the Bench 2 is 630-448-2513

107 thoughts on “Where to find me?”

  1. Do you repair or restore Nakamichi Dragon Cassette decks……I have 2 units that require minor repairs….will not play or fast forward/reverse…cosmetically both units are A++

    1. Hi David,
      Up until about a few months ago I would defer you to Tom in Nashville TN, but now I have an associate that
      works on Nakamichi decks and has the required head alignment jigs to do the job. So I am able to take them in for a repair. Depending on location, Skywave might be your cheaper option. I know of some that charge $500 right of the bat doing all kinds of other stuff to the machine. If you are in Nashville TN then there is no reason to send it out and I can give you Tom’s contact info. I think you need an Idler tire replacement and maybe a capstan belt. The play issue will need to be investigated as to why it does not work- There are a number of possibilities.

      1. I am located in Allen, Texas…just outside of Dallas. I am sure that it is nothing dmajor…it was used to play intermission music during stage performances at a major concert hall prior to my purchasing it. It is one of the only units that I have ever seen that has a RACK CONFIGURATION front on it. Let me know what your initial charges might be.


        David Harrison

        1. I contacted Dan about this to see what he says. Estimates that are given before the unit is seen are notoriously wrong. If he wants to work on it we might ship it direct to him. I had 5 units come in just now and have no more room to take in units. I will keep you advised when he answers.

          1. Sam,
            I just bought a Technics Model RS-740US 4-Channel Quad Reel to Reel & (1) Screw on the JX Brake was broken in Shipping could you locate one for me? The Screw is app 1 1/2” Long the Top end has no threads just a few threads at the end. Panasonic Used the same
            Model number!! Technics model’s RS-741US & RS-745U are the same model’s!! I tried Fastnel with no luck!! I spent 4
            40 Hours regressing & oiling.
            Does anyone know where to get this Screw? It has a Streight Head jewelry Screw on it.

          2. Hi Ronald,
            I have never had one in the shop to know what you are talking about but suffice it to say that most Japanese decks use Metric
            screws in them. I would measure the diameter of the screw and then the length with a caliper and then look at hardware at McMaster Carr to see if they have something like it. I have gotten many kinds of screws from McMaster Carr to fit in Japanese tape decks.
            If you need further assistance, if you can send me a picture of it and the measurements, I can see if I can find one for you.
            E mail: skywavebe@sbcglobal.net

        2. Gerhard has been training for a while not only from me but Dan has helped him out as all us Technicians should help each other. Where Dan can not take 0n a job Gerhard should be able to help in FL
          Vintage Stereo Repair and Restoration
          Repairing and restoring analog audio components
          Teac, NAD, dbx, Revox, B&O, Pioneer

          1. I think for the near future until Tom gets set up again there is Dan in Illinois and Gerhard in Florid that do these.
            Vintage Stereo Repair and Restoration
            Repairing and restoring analog audio components
            Teac, NAD, dbx, Revox, B&O, Pioneer

            Dan Email is-danbarham@aol.com and number is 626-221-1959 he does not always answer so leave a message.

          2. Tom may have to reorganize his situation and much is in flux at this point. Best to contact him when he gives us new details for him.

      2. Dan has taken a job with the Census department and so is no longer able to work on Nak decks at least in the next few months- this is unfortunate but I do not manage his life.

        1. Dan is over his temp job at the Census and is working on deck again I am told. How many he has in line I don’t know but with fewer guys doing this all the time Dan deserves your business and he does an outstanding job. If you are down in the Florida area Gerhard is now doing them as well and Dan and Gerhard communicate. Just for peoples information. Posted 11/11/20

  2. Hi Skywave,

    I recently acquired a Teac v970x cassette deck from my uncle. The belts were goo so I changed those out, but there are still some issues with the unit.
    Can you service/repair one of these? I’d like to get it back to spec if possible with all calibrations ran, etc.


    1. Hi Bob,
      Yes, the deck can be serviced here and I have done a few of them in the past. Contact me by the E mail address and we can then determine what the problem is that you are having.
      E mail: skywavebe@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I need to know what kind of information you are looking to get. I can not start at the heads and proceed
      all the way through as that would be a book like venture. What do you need to know?

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    I don’t even use those things.

  8. I do not believe the IE is dominant over Firefox. In fact all the Engineers and Radio people I know use
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  9. I just purchase a Pioneer RT 909 and am waiting to get it next week. I would like to have it refurbished. How much would it cost.

    1. It all depends on what it needs. Typically they need oiling in the flywheels, a new belt, the tension arm microswitches are replaced as the old ones fail and are 30 years old. I then recap the power supply and audio card larger Electrolytics. Then I go looking for other things such as bad solder joints on power supply and control card. Once in a while Pinch Rollers have to be rebuilt by Terry. The typical service runs 3 hours labor ($240) and about $30 in parts then the return shipping. May warranty is 6 months.
      Most client I have asked about how their machines are working even as long as two years after I work on them say they work great. I have been getting some real low wow and flutter measurement due to the use of AMS Signature synthetic oil. On decks previously measured at .07% typical the measurement was at .02%wrms.
      The oil is the only thing that can be the reason. The deck is calibrated to a new produced tape such as LPR35, Capture or ATR MDS36. These tapes when used in a correctly set up machine give outstanding results.

    2. The RT909 with good heads gets new microswitches in the arms, new power supply capacitors, Lubrication and calibration. This can be around $250 WITH THE RETURN SHIPPING EXTRA. If the heads are worn out or Capstan motor burned out that can add to the parts cost- motors are $150 and the heads can be $145 each times 3. That is why I say it all depends on what is wrong.

      1. Also realize that the prices of these items can change as supply goes down and time goes on these parts are likely to go up. The other day I saw a new head on E bay that was $26 at Teac selling for $300. I think that guy is out of his mind but you never know who will buy it. Flux Magnetics heads are probably $800 each these days.

  10. It seems people make the same comment about how well my writing is with no specifics about the topic. It seem as if they post these canned comments just to post their URL to my blog which of course is stripped if the post is allowed at all.

  11. PEOPLE: Realize that I look at what the name of your post is and if it says home decorations or SEO or anything that is NOT related to electronics repairs or tape decks it gets trashed. I know what you are up to and no amount of canned good blog commentary is going to get your inappropriate post posted- it will be trashed. Free Porn and gaming, autos, all this stuff does not belong here at all. You are in the wrong place!

  12. Yes, but it all takes time to write it all with no one that might actually need the info.
    I get more flower sales, health food and living room furniture and so on posts.

  13. Claude, If you are going to include a web link at least put one down that is not SUSPENDED. Don’t you think I check these out?

  14. No one can sell the information I give out as I am the only one with it. I do the engineering and testing and then repairs that obviously not many others can do. Just look around. I have alot of units that I have to correct while some knucklehead has at it and makes a mess of it.

  15. There are many comment I get that are a jamble of words or that say they like my blog while posting a porn or sales website.
    Some of these posts I suspect are canned and placed on all kinds of blogs. I can them as in the trash too.
    This site is about tape deck repair not other things.

  16. I write the same way all the time. If you have a certain equipment question well, lets hear it. Telling me the site is nice is all too often a way to post ones URL which I remove.

  17. I don’t mind people contributing to the subjects at hand as long as they do not contain that word Zune that gets trashed immediately or off subject material such as porn or selling jerseys. You should see all the crap I trash every day and in continues to come in.

    1. It is easy for me to write about what I know as I have been working in this field for over 40 years. Even now on the bench I still learn things.
      If you have a model of tape deck you need help with post a question about it.

      1. Hello Sam,
        I am Harry from Belgium (Europe – overseas)
        I have this SONY TC-WE705S dual high speed tape deck,
        that is giving me problems, after a standard capstan belt change,
        and the smaller square Mode wheel belt.

        Is there a way – written/illustrated procedure, how to align all CAM wheels and gears?
        Because I am afraid things got out of synchronisation with eachother.
        I have the Service manual, but Sony is very limited to explain how things can be done correctly.

        This model uses the same tape decks models TCM-190Rx-… and is the same used in
        the Sony TC-WE805,…
        I think you did service at Sony’s you’d know what I am asking for.
        How to align all gears before re-assembly the two sandwich plates parts of each deck.

        1. The service manual is meant for Technicians so there is no step by step way to instruct a person to do these. The manual usually gives an alignment process otherwise a Technician is to remember how a part was in the unit. The cam wheels in most decks are self correcting as to position as long as the old grease is cleaned out so that the gears can turn. I have not worked on a dual cassette deck for a long time as they usually are not worth the aggravation while better equipment waits our service that is worth it. This is why I get a lot of calls to fix them and after learning they cost $300 to fix people do not get them fixed. The only thing you can use for a reference is the other unit- see how it is put together and do the same. They are usually the very same device only on the other side. There is no easy answer for me to give you as I have not been in one for at least 15 years now.

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    1. I don’t mind people posting with questions or even suggestions for the subject that we are here for. Most of the posts I get are- you have a nice web site then they post their URL for advertising value. I don’t need those and they are often trashed in short order.
      If you have a comment about tape decks or electronics well then go ahead.

  26. I check it once a day at least but most of the time I am delete material that does not belong on it. If I have a break through on some modification then I usually tell my friends about it here. Like the Teac X7R fast wind speed mod.
    If you have a tape deck question I can address that as well. This is not a social site but one dedicated to Tape deck Technicals.

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    1. I am aware that I offer unique type information and that is just how it is- there are not a lot of experts out there and of them they are too busy to put this stuff out. I am too. 135 units waiting my attention.

  29. I welcome your comments on my posts as to the subject at hand. I get too many drug or Jersey adds that then are deleted as soon as I see them .
    Don’t even put ZUNE in a post as that keyword as soon as I see it get deleted. This is about tape decks and not ZUNE devices.
    There have been few comments that really address the repair of tape deck but there are a few which I have answered below.

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  31. Hi Arron,
    I would like to hear of your experience and maybe have you post regular information here if you so desire. What have you worked on?

  32. I have a Tascam 414 MKII with several transport problems, (wiith tape inserted) FF,RW speeds are slow and Play doesnt move the right hand spindle. Without a tape inserted FF, RW move quickly (normal speed?) and Play moves the right hand spindle ONLY when the unit is standing vertically on the front edge (where the 1/4″ jacks are located). Question are you available to do the repair, and approx how long and how much would it run me?

    1. Yes, I can do the repair but not this month. If you are able to wait about 30 days I can handle it then.
      I have far too many units here now for me to take on any more.

  33. Progress with my TEAC A-6300. I have relocated to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I should have my home in the next 4-6 weeks. A couple of months ago you mention your were in the process of hiring a new Tech to help you with your backlog of work. Just wondering if he is on board and if you had a just a chance to give my RTR a second look?
    Thank you very Much

    1. These characters come and go very quickly. Only Nakmandan from the Tapeheads.net forum is offering any help and he is a surprisingly good technician having not been trained in that field. It shows that a person can be trained in an electronics field without having a lot of college but still some smarts. I wish I had another couple like he is. He only works on cassette decks so no help with reel decks. I am striving to get older reel decks out so as to regain some room.

  34. Hi, I have an Aiwa AD-WX110 cassette deck that belonged to my dad but hasn’t been used in years. We turned it on, and it makes a funny noise and the tapes won’t play. I would like to give it to someone if it is of any use, rather than have it go to the electronics recycling place. Is this something anyone would want? I don’t want money; just would like to keep it out of the landfill if anyone would want it.

    1. There may be someone who wants it but dual cassette decks for professionals they just take too long to repair and so we do not
      take them in. I would post an offer on Tapeheads.net as there are over 26,000 tape deck users there. Some hobby person might want to work on it.

    1. I can work on them but my cassette guy is real backed up. It could take a couple of months at least as there are fewer good Technician doing work these days. All the good ones are piled up on. I have near 180 units here now.
      Sam, (630) 616-0932 office

  35. Hi Sam,
    I’m looking for two Tascam 122MKIII parts. The pinch roller and the idler tire. I saw on Fixya where you have them available. Can you provide a quote for 10 units of each?


    1. I may have Idler tires but no pinch rollers- too many change pinch rollers needlessly and use of the supply for those that really need them. To date I have not had to change one roller on 122 Mk III.
      Some people have to be part changers but like the guy who changed rollers on his V5000 the tape path changed greatly when doing this and he had no way to put it correct than to send it to me.

  36. Hello Sam,
    Per our conversation tonight 3-9-18, Please let me know when you repair another TEAC R2R. I am really considering purchasing one since you educated me. You are also welcome to call me 864-353-3812
    Email: e2kool4u@charter.net

  37. Hello!
    I am looking to get a Sony WM-D6C repaired. Is this something that you would be able to do? Pretty sure that an incorrect power supply was plugged in.

    1. Hi Matt,
      I have already sent you an E mail with details of the repair. So we are working on a lot of them here and also have my associate
      also working on them too.
      Best regards,

      Sam Palermo,

      Skywave Tape Deck Repair
      617 McLean Ave
      Bensenville IL 60106

      Now Accepting MC, Visa, Amex and Discover Cards

      “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. “Albert Einstein”

  38. Hello!
    I have a JVC TD-R462 and Denon DR-W585 that I woud like to have routine maintenance performed on (belts replaced, cleaned, lubed, ensure that the record/ playback speeds are accurate, etc.). I purchased both decks on eBay and they both work very well but would like to keep them running that way. I am just over the border in NW Indiana. What would be a good ballpark estimate to have that work performed? Can you email me the details? Thank You!

    1. We may be able to service the JVC unit but the Denon is a dual cassette deck and we don’t even take them in as their repair costs usually exceeds the amount people want to pay- there is double the labor used to fix them and they can get into $400+ range for a deck that once fixed does not have that great of performance to begin with. Dual decks were often described as throw away by many companies. Sony was one of them.

      Details? Look at Where to Find Me and that has it all there.

  39. I am looking for Technics Model Number (RS-745U) 4-Channel Quadafonic Reel to Reel made from 1973 through 1974. It is a 3-Motor Transport with Stainless Steel Front.
    The Unit is mounted in a Dark Walnut Wooden Cabinet. It uses 10” Reel’s. The Power Cord & RCA Jack’s are on the Left Side Bottom. It also has feather touch control’s. I’d be willing to trade 2 Technics RS-676US
    Cassette Deck with Wired Remote that has Original Manual & Service Manual. Can someone help me locate the RS-745U!!

    1. We have no Technics units here at all to trade or sell. All of them here mostly RS1500 are for repair and clients own them.

  40. Dear Sir,
    My name is Marty de Alminana, Martyde for short.

    I am the A/V director at our church and we have two TASCAM cassette decks that we use to play backing tracks with. both have failed providing no output or VU deflection. One is a MKll and the other is a MKlll.

    Can you service these? Can you give a range of cost? we are located in Winter Haven FL between Orlando and Tampa. I can ship.

    Any comments or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


    Marty de
    321-277-2764 (mbl)

    1. I have communicated with Gerhard down in Florida and sent him some parts for the deck he has. This unit should be getting back to order in not too much more time.

  41. Hi, I have a tascam da-30. It powers on but seems to have the typical “error” on the display loading issue. I live in Jacksonville Florida. Please contact me about shipping, repair and pricing. Thanks

    1. Hi Billy,
      I am well overloaded here in Chicago so I am asking Gerhard in FL in Polk City if he wants to start to take DAT decks on.
      I will advise you if he accepts. I guess you have already talked to him so you know where to go.
      Vintage Stereo Repair and Restoration
      Repairing and restoring analog audio components
      Teac, NAD, dbx, Revox, B&O, Pioneer

  42. Hi, I emailed you a detailed email to your address, I have a A-6300 that highs are rolled off, I have demagnetized & cleaned heads, but still No Go, everything else works beautifully, its in super mint, original box with all original access, need help with repairing, I’m Located in Altamonte Springs, FL.
    thank you, Victor.

    1. Hi Victor,
      It must have been worked on by a real amateur to get things that bad. I have sent you Gerhard’s info so he should be able to assist you down in that area as he has for several other customers I have sent his way. We talk on the phone or text and if he has any problems I can direct him as to what is needed. I think he is a great addition to the technicians that we have too few of these days.
      In case others are wondering where he is- here it is:
      Vintage Stereo Repair and Restoration
      Repairing and restoring analog audio components
      Teac, NAD, dbx, Revox, B&O, Pioneer

  43. Hello
    I was interested in your recommendation for AMS oil in tape deck servicing. We are a very small UK based A/V company, now almost exclusively dealing with owners’ beloved audio products. What could be nicer? I like to think our ideas regarding repairs and restorations continually evolve – so I always value professional opinions like yours. I see AMS produce quite a few products and I wondered if there is any particular grade of AMS oil that you’ve found to be best for work ranging from cassette to reel to reel?
    All best wishes
    Maggie and Peter

    1. Hello to you two,
      I used it as a fluke to get rid of two gallons I had here from a motor car oil change. Turns out the Signature series 0W30 oil that I have is ideal for the deck I have used it in as it reduces and keep the bearing so slippery that I have come to use it now exclusively. It does not matter what a product is meant for but the results that can be measured when you use it. My first tests was with an old Teac A2000R 7″ reel deck. To date if you saw a wow and flutter value from one that was .06% that would be a good reading. Well with AMS oil and new belt and oiling the motor down the shafts, the reading was a consistent .02%. What do
      you think could cause that reading that has never been seen before? I blame the oil and as I went on to use it in other decks it did the same in reducing the wow and flutter figures. A cheap Tascam 112 Mk II reads .04% and I have had 122 Mk II decks that also read .02% to .025%. Just look for AMS oil Signature series 0W30 and you will have the same stuff I use. In the US I have seen it on Ace hardware shelves for about $12 a quart.

  44. Hi Sam
    Just checking in for a status update on my Teac A 3440 in your place for repairs.
    Thanks – Charlie

    1. I have parts here but the swarm of people that have been in the back log before yours has had me concentrating on the older units first in all fairness. I should get to it this week. I have no need to keep it here.

    1. It should be right there 708-334-2260 or new Google phone number is 630-448-2513 and I am working still tonight to Midnight.

    1. It is at the SW corner of O’Hare Airport and most people know where that is. A lot of people find me very easy or I would not have 200 units here- I am getting the pile down though.

  45. Hi!
    A month ago I was lucky enough to get a Tascam BR-20T with just a few hours of use, in pristine condition. Came with everything: new NAB adaptors, operators/maintenance manual, Tascam empty reel, the whole package. But (there’s always a “but”) I’ve just realized it a LS version, where the high speed is 3 ¾. I start to looking for an explanation on how to switch it to 7 ½ – 15 ips version but I learned that a different capstan pulley must be installed. Then, looking for that pulley, I found a post from 2015 where you mentioned you had a few in stock. Do you still have these?
    Thanks in advance.

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