parts no longer available period
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With all due respect to Mejames, especially since I really don't know the answer and I can't verify and of the following: with regards to parts not being available; I'm not sure if this is true and I'm not sure that it isn't. There seems to be some controversy about the foundation of these units. It was originaly reported in Stereophile that these units were based on a Philips mechanisim. Some have stated that this was erroneous and that it was based upon a Pioneer mechanism. Further more, some have suggested that even if were a Philips mechanism,that Phiips really used a Pioneer mechanism in their LD players. As Pioneer still offers LD players parts may or may not be available.
I owned an original Thaeta transport. The laser burned out twice and then the transport mechanism died within 8 years. This was not fixable unless I acquired the mechanism myself. To be fair, Theta service was excellent: timely and helpful. My recommendation would be to steer clear of old Theta transports.