Has anyone had a laser replaced in a Audio Research CD-3 MKII


Audio Research wants 1806.00 to repair the laser in my CD-3 player.........There's got to be a better way ???   W
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That's crazy. I owned a CD3 mkII, isn't that the going price for a used deck? 
There must be a place that has used parts for ARC.

Its crazy, the laser costs about 50.00....So somebody needs to go to school and learn how to fix something instead of replacing a 1500.00 transport because the laser is bad......Boy it would be nice to go back to the good ole days of ARC..............W
That's nuts.  I'd be hesitant to buy ARC gear knowing this.
Find the particular laser assembly used and go to EBay. Buy it and do the replacement yourself! ARC in the post-William Zane era has become a bespoke company catering to wealthy snobs!
Imagine what ARC would want for a set of chassis screws!
Contact TAP Electronics. They're factory service for TEAC, and Esoteric among others. It won't be inexpensive (primarily due to labor charges), but I will wager it will be less than $1806. Their labor rates vary depending on manufacturer, so be certain to request in writing the labor rates pertaining to your specific machine. 


TVAD;     Thanks for the information, I called them and they seem to be closed for the Corona 19 .....I actually think I can change it but I would need to make sure it was the proper replacement part.....There seems to be quite a few marginal replacement parts......This Philips Pro 2 transport is used in a lot of high grade cd players.....Even some of the better jute boxes......So as soon as I can find the right one, I'll give it a go............W
Beware of some of the ebay replacement parts.  I've replaced the laser drive in my Cary 303/300 three times now over 15 yrs or so.  Instead of buying the part from Cary I tried an ebay seller and the part was DOA.  Tried the same laser drive out of a used DVD player and it didn't fit just right even though it worked and was a noisy POS.  You'll like this - Cary wouldn't warranty the part if I did it myself claiming folks ruined them trying to do the install.  Good luck...is this Will the renoun ST70 builder?  Should be a piece of cake for you.
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Has anyone had a laser replaced in a Audio Research CD-3 MKII
Audio Research wants 1806.00 to repair the laser
 That's a ripoff!!!!!!!! 2hr labour at $120 per hr and $150 for the laser $390.

Your  Audio Research CD-3 MKII uses a Philips CD pro 2 mechanism, which has a VAU1254 laser head in it.
If you have patience, are handy using tools and have a bit of electrical skills you can do it your self, in a couple of hours.
Get the laser here
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR1.TRC0.A0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=VAU1254&_sacat=0

Cheers George
Penhare:    It is me the amplifier builder person......I figured I could do it if I could buy the correct part.....And now George has come along with the people with the correct part.........I hope it all works.............W
George:  Have you done this laser replacing yourself ??   If so I would love to talk to you about it......Knowledge is a great thing..........Will
I’ve done many lasers, not yet on an Audio Research, shouldn’t be any problems from what I saw inside on the net.

Some lasers have a "shorting " ESL protection solder blob on the ribbon connector strip, or sometimes on the sub-board, this needs to be removed, (open circuited) the reason so many diy'er say their new laser they just put in is no good, and blame eBay

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Cheers George
George :    Is there any aligning or electrical adjustment to make......I watched a person on You-Tube do it and I would have a problem with that.......Do these lasers have any instructions or information with them ??     How would you know to remove the solder shorting bridge.....Is these anyway I could call you ???    Will
George :     I can see you are not in the US, so it wouldn't be good to call...Anything you can tell me about this laser changing would be of great help.....One of the things you could tell me is a Laser made by Philips, but a New Old Stock better than a new  replacement laser made by someone else .......W

If you want to pay extra, get the genuine Philips ones, I've used the clones and never had a problem with them.

Like I said before are you this guy? If so then you can do it
" If you have patience, are handy using tools and have a bit of electrical skills, you can do it your self, in a couple of hours."
If not then pay someone who is. Not at AR rates

Cheers George
George:     You have been a lot of help on this........I am the tube amplifier builder in Idaho..........Thanks    W
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Guessing you're way ahead of the curve on proper workstation grounding & hopefully the laser will also include a precaution note but they can be finicky buggers if you're not careful, especially for the desoldering. 
I am the tube amplifier builder in Idaho..........Thanks W

If you’ve built amps then you’ll be fine, just take pics before each dismantling step, so you then know what went where, there no adjusting, measuring, calibrating to be done, basically "plug and go". 

Cheers George
2 Channel:    This laser seems to plug in , with out any soldering....I put a read out in one of those CD's and I can tell that's changing a motherboard .......About 40 tiny-tiny pins.......but nobody said it was easy...........I ordered a NOS laser last week and now the guy tells me its one of two type............He's the guy selling it, you would think he would know......But he doesn't, so I'll order one from someone else....Right now the world is in stress......I hope we all survive it.....W