Here is a link you may want to look at:http://www.audioasylum.com/audio/digital/messages/13/134818.html It addresses the laser mechanism and the travails of another audiophile who mentions the repair estimates.
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Thank you for the replies. I talked with a local (Atlanta) service dude who said he can get replacement Philips CD-PRO's for $350 + $90 for installation. I have also found a company that sells the CD-PRO2LF model for $385. Once I open my CDD up and get the exact model number and probably take some pics, I'll check to see if the CD-PRO2LF will drop in there.
After reading that thread on audioasylum (thanks Mcfarland) it sounds like Madrigal modified the module to tweak it up so even putting in the latest version, may not yield the same results.
Face - what was the repair cost that you were quoted?
IF the CD-PRO2LF is compatible, $450 to repair it, if that solved all of my unit's ills, seems like something worthwhile.
What is your opinion of having a non-Proceed "authorized" person work on your transport?
Hi Elberoth, I was afraid that is the case.
I wonder if I can simply replace the optical pickup portion of the existing transport? Something like this:
I'm not certain that the one I have linked would be the appropriate one. Might anyone have any input on this?
Thank you very much Elberoth2!
That is probably the best solution that I can think of. $69.95 + shipping and they will do the work for me!!!
After reading their instruction, I think it's a bargain to have them do the work and ensure it is properly done.
Next up I need to figure out the proper way to remove the transport from my CDD.
I got my CDD back from a local repair service this past Saturday. I took my CDD to Modulular Electronics in Roswell, GA after talking with Benny there about my situation. He said that he had a source for a CDM12 but I warned him that from what I had read on the web that Madrigal had modified it and that it would not simply swap in. I gave him the information from Pinvan and told him to have at it.
So Benny purchased a new CDM and discovered that the cd clamp is different. [I think that is what he said] Regardless, Benny took the laser assembly from the new module and moved it into my existing transport.
And voila, my CDD lives. The total repair cost was $275 (that's parts & labor)!
I asked Benny what he had to take apart to get the cd module out and it was way more involved that I imagined - it was basically a full disassembly of the unit. I'm glad that I aborted my attempts to get the CDM12 out of there.
Here is the contact information:
Tonight will be my first extended listening session - I cannot wait!!!