The Yellow Pages might help, or http://www.switchboard.com
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Just as a reference for those that are in a similar predicament as me.
After hours of digging around on the Net, I was able to locate the part number for the laser assembly that was used in most of the Elite series Pioneer CD players; PWY1004:
And wonder of wonders, Pioneer has it in stock at $144.95 plus shipping. I ordered one a couple of days ago and it is on it's way to me.
I have spoken to Bart at Elite Audio Repair (http://www.eliteaudiorepair.com/) who knows what needs to be done to mount and calibrate this assembly.
I also bought myself a copy of the service manual. If someone has a high frequency oscilloscope and is interested in the details of doing this themselves, email me, I'd be glad to share a copy of what I have.
P.S: The model of the CD player I have (PD-77/SL) is a sibling of the PD-75 player. There are external cosmetic differences compared to the PD-75 unit. My player is in a champagne gold metallic body. It was available in Europe and parts of Asia when the CD player was manufactured.