Why would you want 95% of the original. After a couple of hours listening, that (missing) 5% would bug me. Get a new player. peace, warren
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Since the Theta unit is a Pioneer in reality a new laser should be available from Pioneer and I have a guy in Virginia that will do the repair for you. He does a good job and is reasonable. He does all of the laserdisc repairs for me. Another good place would be United Radio in New York. They are an excellant repair facility.
Maybe the Nice Guy is being overly honest?
Where is he coming up with his 95% rating?
Have they done side by side tests on original, & fully re-calibrated repaired units?
I would only go along with the repair as long as the entire laser head unit is replaced.
I have in the past in my LD days had a Runco JR II's & along with a Mcintosh MDL-7020 laser go south.
Both where 100% both audio & video wise once the entire head unit was replaced & worked perfectly for another 2 years while I owned them.
I would hope to speak to someone else whom can guarantee that the unit will be 100% once repaired, prior to using them.
For those of you still on the beam, today the Theta Data Basic II returned home from its trip to the factory. The laser did not require replacement. Comments per the invoice: Replaced Some Caps, Lubed Bearings, Tested All OK.
Comments per me: so far so good, sounds as good as ever - plus, the drawer seems quieter than before. The nice Theta guy anticipates the next service in 18 months for laser replacement. Stay tuned :^)