Our new business model will not include an outside repair facility as before.
We moved late 2009 down the street to 1467 University Ave. and are sharing a small space with Handy Electronic Service. We are doing most of our work from our homes and this new location is more of a pick-up/drop off spot. It also is ours for one short day a week of retail selling on Saturday. Our main focus will be fixing things we own to resell.
Our full time technician has retired and our hours on the tech bench are limited. Below is a list of other shops that may be able to help you with things we no longer fix. We are happy to consult (preferably by phone) as to which shop may be the best place to take your repairs-or if it's even worth it. We often will have for sale similar vintage gear for the same or even less than what a full scale repair might cost!
In general we like all the people on this list but every shop has its favorite gear! It's best to contact them directly for rates and type of gear serviced.
Another word of advice: While we still love this vintage gear much of it is now getting to be 30-35 years old or more. Nothing lasts forever and many of the older sets are starting to have quirky, unfixable issues they weren't having when they were 15 or even 20 years old. While the Japanese Manufacturers are great about using a lot of common, generic parts often these repair parts are no longer available. Mechanical devices such as CD players and Cassette Decks are usually not economcially feasable to fix!
Gene's Sound Service
House Calls only, based in San Francisco but works most of the Bay Area. He does charge for travel time but in our opinion is very reasonable. He will fix a lot of things many shops won't touch and we are amazed at what he can fix on your kitchen table. Gene knows his stuff and is trustworthy to let into your home!
2417 Mariner Square Loop Suite 225
By appointment only
Us old guys in the business are glad to see someone younger come around who does it the right way! Sheldon appears to be that guy. Good with amps, receivers and a wide range of other gear.
Does NOT work on tube equipment and several other things. Call first to see if he'll service your gear!
Handy Electronics Service
1467 University Ave. Berkeley (between Sacramento and Acton)
This is the storefront we are currently sharing. He runs one of the last of the one man shops. He works mostly on video components but is very knowledgeable and skilled in consumer electronics. He may not be our first choice for working on complex, higher end audiophile gear with quirky problems but Ying can do a good job on most of it!
Nakamichi tape decks ONLY:
Willy Herman Services in Orinda
Willy is the former owner/partner of DB Audio and SF Stereo. He specializes in full restoration of the Nakamichi Brand of cassette deck. This is all that he works on and is very good at it. However he is no longer offering small repairs but only full restorations. If you're serious about the cassette format in the 21st century this is the brand of tape deck you want. It is however no longer a cheap format to maintain!