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In Reply to: RE: Just a caution when buying... posted by kootenay on December 01, 2016 at 11:05:29
I remember, Marantz was expensive. Brutally. Never heard of Tascam, back in "the day". But then, I was not a broadcast pro.
A rebuilder will charge me between 400 and 600 to make it new. If I'm going to spend that much, I'd like to spend it on a machine that cost about that, new. The ones on Ebay are all hurt, so the rebuilder is necessary, regardless. I know the Marantz would have been out of my league in the 1970's. I'm going to guess the Tascam was the same.
Now, it comes down to appearance. What a choice!
Just keep searching and hopefully you'll find something that's worth spending your hard earned money on.
If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing well
I found a guy, locally, who repairs cassette decks. I took my JVC in to him. He's checking it out. If it's repairable, I go with that. If it's not, there's a Marantz 5025 or a Marantz 5020 available on Ebay. He likes to work on Marantz, and has parts sources. He said the Tascams, Revox, and Nakamichis are usually so worn out from professional use, it would cost an arm and a leg just to get them to work.
According to the other tech, who wrote up my order, this guy has been in the business since he was 15, and he's older than I am. More than half a century fixing TVs, radios, tape decks, and other home electronics. He still works on tube TVs!
My next door neighbor is a professional machinist. He makes dies for the plastic industry. He's very dependent on his old EDM machine. He just had to swap out boards in the controller/power supply. I'm telling him about this guy. He can take the bad board in to him to get the blown transistors replaced.
My Sansui 8 Deluxe has not been serviced in over 20 years. Maybe I should consider having it done(?)
This whole process has been a wonderful process of discovery. Amazing what you find in your own environment.
Thank you all for your help in this.
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