Why don't you ask Denon?
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I don't know what repair services you have available in your area, but if you have a local repair shop don't overlook them. Replacing a laser isn't rocket science. I just had one replaced on a Raysonic for $180. Two dealers quoted over $400 (plus shipping etc) - one wanted $125 just for the part for which I paid $50 thru a local techie.
It's a jungle out there!
Call Denon America and see(pray) if they have them in stock. I have a highly modified Marantz and had the same concerns. I called Marantz America and found that they still had them in stock for around $90. I bought one even though I don't need one right now. I figured for $90, it's peace of mind to have one around.
I don't know that I could install it myself, but at least I know that I have the necessary part. I can always find a tech if I can't install it.
John Tucker, Mr Exemplar himself,
is replacing my shot laser with a brand new after market laser. Denon does not make them anymore, and he said that 30% of the new ones do not work properly. He's modifying some caps and some other things for a song. Bottom line? $410, and he said it will slay (my term) my present baby. Soon my new speakers will be here, so I'll have time to make an objective evaluation, since I will be using my original speakers...thanks for the feedback...
I don't know that I agree with you Reb1208. If I were to follow your advice I'd spend $1200 to buy a 6-8 year old used cd player to use for it's drive mechanism as a back up. That somehow, THAT is a better idea than having a brand new laser on hand for back up for $90???
Even if I have to pay a couple hundred dollars to have someone install it and calibrate it, I'm still getting a newer laser for less money than the $1200 used CDP.
Congrats Warren, it sounds like you made out very well indeed!! Enjoy!!