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Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« on: April 29, 2018, 10:40:05 PM »
Hi. I have a Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck that was overhauled by Nakamichi 15 or 20 years ago, but they have since stopped repairing their old gear. Recently the deck has developed a mechanical (transport) problem which causes tape to be handled incorrectly, resulting in very poor tape-to-head contact.

I would like to have the deck repaired if possible, but don't know who to send it to. Has anyone here had mechanical repairs done on a Dragon, or another high-ish-end Nakamichi deck, in the past few years--and if so can you recommend anyone on the basis of that experience?

--best regards

« Last Edit: April 29, 2018, 10:42:33 PM by DSatz »
music > microphones > a recorder of some sort

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Re: Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 05:51:11 AM »
sup DSatz!

i think ESL is still the go-to

https://www.eslabs.com/nakamichi.htm

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Re: Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 06:15:25 AM »
Danny Herman.  A dragon wizard.

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Re: Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 06:18:20 AM »
My bad it's willy herman

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Re: Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2018, 11:01:04 AM »
I just had e-mail correspondence with Willie Hermann last week about repairing my Nak 680ZX. He is on about a 9 month waiting list, mentioned he would want to do a full service which would run $500 - $600. Seems expensive, but this deck is going for up to $1500 on ebay so I'm on his waiting list for repair. Need to get my analog masters transferred.

http://www.willyhermannservices.com/

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Re: Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2018, 08:48:41 PM »
It has been quite a few years, but Stephen Sank has done some wonderful work on my Dragons. Give him a call and let him know about the problem you're having.  He can sometimes even walk you through the diagnosis and potential solution over the phone. My experience with Stephen has been excellent with both repairs and modifications.

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Re: Who repairs Nakamichi cassette decks nowadays?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2018, 12:32:49 PM »
Many thanks for these replies. I'm in the process of moving, but when I emerge from the other end of the long dark passageway, I'll be glad to have this information to work with.

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