Skywave Tape Deck Repair
Sam does excellent work! He repaired 2 tape decks. 1 was a Akai GX 747dbx model which was in very bad shape. 2 more technicians passed on the job saying the deck was not service friendly and not worth the repair. Sam and his partner restored it very well. 2nd deck was a Teac X 2000R which was in very bad shape and with high hours. Sam corrected all the issues and got the deck calibrated well performing with relapped heads. It is recording very well. I also have another X 2000R which has new heads I can't say a difference between the new heads and lapped heads. Thanks Sam!Feb 22, 2015
Sam is awesome to deal with and his reputation and knowledge are second to none. He recently brought my Tascam 122mkII cassette deck back to life. He even replaced a couple parts that he's probably the only one on the planet to actually have them in stock. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use his services again or recommend him to a friend. Another thing...his business ethics and honesty are above reproach.Jun 7, 2013Verified
About this pro
Years in business22
Times hired on Thumbtack23
Number of employees2
LocationBensenville, IL 60106
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?There are always times that in deck repair we learn how equipment was made different and specialized. It is an ongoing learning process as you approach new types of equipment and the new problems associated with now 30-40 year decks. There is also a difference between a repair and a restoration. A restoration encompasses a lot more and can be more expensive. That idea has to be thought out before the deck is sent in as the difference in price may offend some people.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I was in Engineering school just after leaving the Police Department and needed a summer job. I applied at Teac and was hired due to good test scores pretty quick. After several years in tape deck, cassette, CD, VCR and other electronics products, I was called into the Radio business where I ended up owning my own business, working full time for ESPN, Sporting News, Spanish Broadcasting and Moody Radio. A good technical background can lead you far into many directions. I also worked as a contractor in Pro Video.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Look for an individual that has experience and looks professional. Those that can answer technical questions well will provide the best service as they know their trade. Contact me.