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Just had a fabulous experience with Albany Video Service (524-
4447) on San Pablo (933). They fixed our tv for a reasonable
price, did great work and had wonderful service. They were
We have a portable DVD player that needs repair. I tried
looking for some but was unable to find anything. Does anyone
have any recommendations in Concord/Walnut Creek?
Our Audiovox portable DVD player needs to be repaired before
our next long plane flight. Are there any East Bay places that
fix portable players?
for DVD machine repair, try:
Technopia, 1946 Mt Diablo Blvd, in Walnut Creek
I've taken electronic equipment into this shop for repair and
the folks there seem professional and honest.
I would like to recommend Albany Video Service on San Pablo -
not too far from Solano Ave. Extremely nice, free estimates,
fair repair prices and speedy service. I had a DVD player and a
TV repaired both with 6 month warranties.
I'm looking for someone to repair my record player turntable. There
MUST be someone in the East Bay.
We got our turntable repaired a few years ago at the Sound Well
in Berkeley -- on University Ave., I'm pretty sure. They did a
great job. They are not open all the time, I think it's often
more ''by appointment,'' so find the number and call first.
I recommend you take your older stereo, turntable and speaker
repairs to The Sound Well on University. Phone: 510 549-2126
also at www.thesoundwell.com. They also have used equipment. I
purchased a new stylus for my turntable and they installed it in
a few minutes as I waited. They're only open on weekends.
Is there any place left that can repair our Technics
turntable? My husband says it needs a new belt. It's
been years since we've had it repaired, and then we took
it to Resistance Repair. They're no longer in the phone
book, and I searched the archives but found no postings.
Before we get rid of all of our records, does anyone know
of a place or person who fixes old audio equipment?
There must be a few other audiophiles left in the area
Sound Well can repair turntables. They are at 1718 University
Av in Berkeley. Call them at 549-2126. They are open weekends
only I believe. Vinyl is the best!!
The Sound Well on University Ave. still knows about and repairs
old stereos, including turntables. They've been going through a
sort of reorg there for some time, and don't have extensive
store hours, so call first (they're in the phone book). I've
bought, and had fixed, a variety items there and been very happy
Replacing a belt is pretty easy. You can do it yourself with at
most a screwdriver in about 90 seconds. But if you want to pay
someone, you could go to The Soundwell at 1718 University. You
should probably pick up a new stylus there, and possibly
cartridge, while you're at it. It's probably worth the
I don't know if they carry belts, but if not,
you can get your Panasonic/Technics belt at
http://www.elexatelier.com/technics.htm. There are other places
too. http://www.kabusa.com/index_nb.htm is cheaper.
There is a place in Berkeley called Music Lovers Audio. They
can fix a turntable for you. While you are there, check out how
far turntables have come. In fact, you can spend over $700 just
for a needle alone!!!!
Go to The Sound Well on University Ave. in Berkeley,
(http://www.thesoundwell.com/)- they are great! Resistance
Repair, which I also loved, is indeed gone. The Sound Well does
repairs, and buys and sells used equipment (which they refurbish
before selling). I have bought all my stereo equipment used from
them (except for my turntable that I got used 30 years ago from
Pacific Stereo!) and have always been satisfied. They have always
given me honest and knowledgable advice as to whether something
was worth repairing or not.
to Judy, who asked about turntable repair: We went to Bob's
Appliance in Berkeley a number of years ago. I don't know if they
are still around. The fellow diagnosed my problem, told me I
could fix it myself, told me how, sold me the part, and that was
it!! good luck, I hope they are still around. Let me know.
I just had my technics turntable serviced at The Sound Well in
Berkeley. They were very helpful; they test the turntable at
the front desk and give you a recommendation. I thought I
needed a new belt and a needle but after looking at it, they
said I only needed a new needle and the belt was fine. I really
appreciated them not selling me an item I didn't need. Last
week I was the DJ at my sister's wedding and the turntable
sounded fabulous. They have weird hours, website is www.thesoundwell.com.
In response to a request for recommendations of VCR repair shops,
> We have been very pleased with the repair service at Dale Sanford's on
> Shattuck (next to Chez Panisse). They seem to be very honest and
I second the recommendation of Sanford's; they do good work, and they
run an honest shop. I buy most of my home electronics from them.
I did use the VCR repair service once, for an older VCR. They fixed
its numerous problems, but at $70/hour, it doesn't take long for the
labor cost to equal the sticker price of a new low-end VCR. And the new
VCR comes with a warranty and a lot more channels. It's a little
grating to treat a $150 device as disposable, but if cost is your
primary concern, you should get a binding quote on the repair job and
then walk across the store to price the new ones.
Thanks to everyone who recommended Albany Video repair for my busted VCR.
They were quick, inexpensive and very pleasant. Two thumbs up.
I don't know the name of the shop, but there's a funky little 1-man TV &
VCR repair shop on the northeastern corner of San Pablo & Addison (1 block
south of University) that does reliable work at reasonable prices. The
fellow who runs it is very nice, honest, & good at his work. I don't
remember what rates he charges because whenever I've used him it's always
seemed cheaper than I expected and so it's been of no
consequence--certainly he's always been cheap enough that the thought of
buying another system instead never crossed my mind.
Date: April 18, 1998
I would like to gratuitously comment on the Albany VCR Repair place, on
Solano Ave., where Enoteca and La China Poblina used to be. The owner has
consistently gone way above and beyond any shopkeeper duties in helping me
and my three year old get through TV/VCR emergencies. If you live in Albany
he will treat you like a neighbor. He was just the nicest guy I've met in a
long time, and he responded in a super-timely fashion.
His repair work was excellent, warrantied for a year, half the price at Dale
Sanford. Let's give this guy all our local N. Berkeley/Albany business. He
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