Skywave Tape Deck Repair

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15 reviews
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  • SU A.

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    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
  • Brad H.

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    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

It is simply a matter of professional pride just as it was when I worked at Teac. If it takes a little longer to get a machine set up correctly then that is the way it is. There is no short changing the customer nor doing a sloppy job. This is why when working as a Technician for Teac I had records for the amount of units repaired per month and at the same time a very low return rate and there we were not encouraged to take extra time on units. It is a lot of work but the comments I get from people when they did not know how good their old equipment could sound makes the efforts worth while. Many times the deck from off the assembly line is not set up to optimum values. You need a well experienced Technician to know how to make the deck really perform well. Some of the people I train are surprised by the level of detail that is involved in doing the right job. Happy customers is what I hope to get and most of the time I get them!

Years in business

22

Times hired on Thumbtack

23

Number of employees

2

Location

Bensenville, IL 60106

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    Q & A

    • 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.
    Coverage Area for Skywave Tape Deck Repair is about 30+ miles of Bensenville, IL.