Restoration or Repair?
You either have or want a truly high quality stereo. Maybe you had
one when you were younger, and you traded it in on something that
turned out to be not quite so good, or you put it in the closet when
it stopped working quite right. Or maybe your parents had one that
you loved as a child, you always wanted your own, and you just found
one at a garage sale, or on eBay.
Do you remember what it sounded like when it was new? Or did you
never have the opportunity to hear it until ten years of dust and use
had blunted its sound?
A few years ago, we had a customerwith a less than premium
amplifierwho was dissatisfied at being told that it would not be
cost-effective to repair his machine. He then sent his machine to
some unknown stereo repair place in Tennessee. They fixed it for him
for something like $40, by replacing a fuse inside one of the
Now, fuses blow for a reason. Occasionally, the reason is
externalpower surge or the likebut with electronics it's
seldom that simple. Very often fuses reblow, and sometimes not
immediately, depending on the unit and what specific conditions caused
the original failure.
More to the point, however, for $40 they cannot have spent much
time working on that machine. They certainly did nothing other than
the minimal diagnostic required to isolate that fuse and to replace
So, that service center in Tennessee did repair the
amplifier. But no other issue with the machine was addressed, not
even a simple cleaning of switches and controlsto remove the
corrosion that causes the snaps and pops often found in an older
stereo. Therefore, the value of what they did may in the long run not
really be worth the time and expense of packing and shipping the unit
We are asking that a large number of people pack things up
and ship them to us. So, what's the difference? Do you want your
machine to work again, or do you want it to sound like it did when it
Personally, we only feel right about making them sound like they're
meant to. And it's on that basis that we ask you to send your machine
to us, and believe that it's truly worthwhile.