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Thanks for the tip, Dave. I'm looking to spend less. As I said, I'll send the headblock out to John 
French. He has a way of making that switch reliable long-term, as long as it's not abused. I don't 
buy the mythology that there's an audible cost to having the switch, it's wired in a way to prevent 
that. However, the switch itself has oxide-attracting plating inside. John has a lube/cleaner method 
to ward off oxidation for a long time. Anyway, hoping to find someone nearer to me so I can drive it 
to them and save ridicu-priced and injury-prone shipping.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Radlauer" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2015 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: seeking excellent, reputable technician to restore a Technics 1520 reel deck


> Tom --
>
> J-corder <http://www.j-corder.com/J-Corder_Tapedecks.html> is superb.
> http://www.j-corder.com/J-Corder_Tapedecks.html
>
> I've been ecstatic with my TWO J-corder rebuilds.  I asked for only
> playback heads, got two machines refurbed for the price of one of his
> retail custom machines: around $5000 (without custom cosmetics @ $1500 a
> pop).
>
> Gallery <http://www.j-corder.com/Gallery.php>
> http://www.j-corder.com/Gallery.php
>
> Strip and rebuild, upgrades electronics, bearings, heads and misc.
>
> The sound is astonishing with old tapes: surprisingly dynamic and clean.
>
> Sadly, that 2track / 4track switch has to go (that's why I did two: one
> each for 1/4 track or 1/2 track) -- its the machine's most serious flaw.
>
> Best,
>
> Dave R
> -- 
> hm# 510-848-8323
> cell# 510-717-5240
> www.JAZZHOTBigstep.com
>