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In Reply to: RE: Are Tandberg Decks Known To Be Unreliable? posted by Braxus on January 13, 2012 at 18:48:15
I've been following your almost similar writings on three, or is it four different fora.
Now you even start speculating in modifying and combining a Nakamichi decjk with a Tandberg deck.
According to you other suggestion on what could be the trouble here and how you have let incompetent DIY guys work on this worn down deck, this combination sh*t is for real a long shot.
You will soon get to be known as "the guy with the broken dieck".
Why in hell would anyone want to compromise a TCD 3014 deck with any electronics or running gear from any Nakamichi deck?
And when realizing it's a real bad idea, then why not just settle with the compromise of the Nak deck in the first place?
You have one big problem:
You are not able to purchase a deck in working order and you are not able to make a broken deck work with or without help from other people.
Oh, that was more than one problem.
I start to think if you at all will be able to take advantage of a deck with the qualities of the TCD 3014A?
You have screwed up in this deal. Eat the losses and get on with life.
Your single deck issues seems on the net as if there were 100.000 TCD 3014 decks all with issues.
Don't forget that most people enjoying these decks have never even thought about the idea of visiting any fora on the internet concerning hifi and they will live happily with their Tandberg decks ever after.
Accept that you have the biggest part in this issue and forget everything or pull yourself together and finaly find THE competent person capable of doing this job.
It's silly to count on any DIY guy solution at this point.
So do you really want to be known as "The guy with the broken dieck" in the future?
I was humouring the suggestion to do a hybrid deck out of the fun of it. Honestly it would never really happen since I don't have that kind of money. So do you really think I was going to take it there and rip apart my deck?
That said yes my deck is broken. That's life. I've been trying to find a decent repair tech to do the job and my search so far hasn't gotten me far. There is no way Im shipping the deck to Europe. Its just too darn expensive for shipping, plus risky and a huge wait to get it back. My best option is to wait it out till Willy Hermann is available. Until then I can't really do much. All I can ask is to hope my other 3014 can be fixed as well. It has a better chance of working then the one Im using currently. Someone on TH has mentioned they have access to new parts for these decks. Im currently looking into it with him to see if he can get me parts. If it turns out he does, then there is a good chance my 3014A deck can be fixed to the condition it should have been in the first place.
As for the fact I can take advantage of such a deck. The answer is YES. Its the best deck I've ever heard bar none. My headphones tell me that. My amp and speakers- aren't up to that quality yet. Im working on it. Its better to have that capability now so I can record top quality tapes and be able to hear the difference later. And my hearing is good enough to notice the difference. Its the reason Im not satisfied with many components I have. I've learned to hear the difference. Not many people can say that. Some things I have are budget yes, but I picked the best I could get for the money. I just didn't know what I was getting into with the Tandberg because I didn't do my full research on it at the time I got the 2 decks.
Dolph- all this posting is how I do my homework and get more knowledge on these things. Its the way I learn. So call me the guy with the broken deck. But I do know this- Im not the only one.
Even if the people helping me are DIY people, they did point out one problem with my deck that would be an easy fix. The pinch rollers are shot on both my decks. Now this may or may not solve the issue Im having with my A deck, but its an easy fix that wouldn't be hard to do. And if it works- then great. If not- then the deck still has to go to a tech anyway.
I have a little funny story in an attempt to wake up your optimism a bit again.
Once in between You write about how much you have paid for repair or service on you TCD 3014/A.
I would like you to consider the criteria defining the best guy to repair or service a given tape deck?
For one of my open reel decks, I managed to find the Chief Engineer from the factory where it was manufactured.
In fact he was the person in charge when designing / constructing this actual tape deck.
He also had service assignments at studios around the world later on, maintaining these decks.
He still does this ad hoc in all parts of the world.
I could ask if there could be any person closer to perfect for the service job on my tape deck?
IMO: Not really.
Ok, this deck was not really broken. It's built to last. Not comparable with any cassette deck in this respect.
There was, lately, an issue about keeping steady speed and recently there had occured a signal interruption to the record head.
This has been fixed, everything has been optimized, alligned, lubricated, cleaned up and everything works as if it was a new deck.
Now it would be natural if you then would think: "Damn, that's gotta be expensive. Much more expensive than what I paid for each of my attempts of repairing my TCD".
I paid less than $100 for this.
In a country where everything is way more expensive than the US, where taxes are the highest in the world, where one workshop hour usually and generally will set you back close to $200.
It's obvious that those tech guys charging you big gold for ruining your deck serves only few purposes; to cheat people, make a lot of money and ruin great gear.
Some DIY guys are good at fixing cheap gear and ruining great gear.
Try to make much more research and talk to a lot of people about their skills, what they have experience servicing, from where they got there technical skills, what gear they are used to listen to and / or service, have a look inot their service "shop".
The best service guys will probably only have fun and great gear for repair/service. So if you spot a lot of Technics, B&O, Pioneer or other plain consumer gear, steer free of him.
Are you aware that pinch rollers for TCD 3014 are still easy available as spare parts out there?
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