I wouldn't get it modded.Loses its value bigtime!Surly someone is around that can do a good job.Think it requires specialized equipment to align.Not a DIY job.JD
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My MR71 was touched up by Paul at the Bizzy Bee in Naperville, Illinois. Naperville is a far west suburb of Chicago, perhaps a 5 hour drive from Detroit. His web site is www.angelfire.com/biz/bizzyb/. (He's out of the shop until 3/13 if you email him). He did a great job. Love the tuner. (he still has my service manual for the tuner)
While some mods will diminish the value of a MR-71,
having Richard Modafferi work on it will INCREASE its value among some collectors.
Getting the most out of a high-performance analog tuner is not a DIY job, and few techs still living are qualified to do the work.
You can also send your unit to McIntosh Labs, and guess where they'll send it?
Yep, to Richard.
If you just get an alignment done at Audio Classics (which I did instead of the Modafferi mods) Richard aligns and cleans it and checks out all the tubes etc. and it "only" costs $300. I went that route instead of the mods and the tuner really tunes in now, plus the stereo stations come in lots better. You can always go for the mods later if you want, but like others I was afraid of decreasing the tuner's value, though the mods are nice.
Thanks for the recommendations! I travel around frequently, so I'll keep all of the recommended service locations in mind and will try to hand carry it to one of them in the next few months. May still have to have it shipped back (not the sort of thing they service while you wait) but it's one less opportunity for shipping damage.