Hello Fellow Audiophiles via AudioKarma.com I am here to state I am living Eric Clapton's words of wisdom "If it weren't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all" when it comes to vintage Pioneer Cassette Decks purchased via e-Bay. 1. Pioneer CT-F555 (1982 Model): Paid $450 plus shipping: This deck was purchased from a Canadian who inherited his father's 1980 stereo store stock. The unit was brand new, in the box, never used for 36 years. It is beautiful. It was a rush to open the box after 36 years to find a brand new unit. Wow! Well, it plays wonderful. However, it doesn't record. 2. Pioneer CT-F700 (1978 Model): Paid $399.99 plus shipping: This deck was purchased from a professional service technician who listed all the wonderful restoral services performed on the deck. After less than 1 month of ownership, it fails in regards to the Dolby B light not working, the auto stop not working on play RW nor FF. It clicks away but does not shut off. Then there is the issue with the dynamic power meter going haywire after the 3rd day of ownership. Now the left channel just went into outerspace as it is no where to be found. 3. Pioneer CT-F8282 (1976 Model): Paid $660 plus shipping: Beautifully restored unit in regards to the insides rebuilt from the ground up along with restoral of wooden case. Very nice! However, after 2 days of ownership the speed of the deck decided to increase and now my rock sounds like the chipmonks. 4. Pioneer CT-F500 (1978 Model): Paid $99.99 with free shipping: Absolutely Mint with NO issues. So it comes down to buying 4 decks and only 1 is working. The CT-F500 that is working flawlessly is the most basic model of these Pioneers. Yet, she is the only one that is with me working tonight. I can't believe that 3 out of 4 decks are down for the count. They were bought from "professional service" people whom greatly detailed the restoral items completed on the decks. The sellers are not too interested in hearing about how their units sold to me are down for the count. I am on my own in this non working vintage hell. However, I am not going to give up. Everyone of these units is going to be working one way or another. I have searched to find there are vintage audio repairs and service shops out there that are willing to work on these units. However, I fear that the shipping of delicate recording devices may be contributing to the issues. I found a audio repair shop via the internet in Roanoke Virginia called Lee Hartman & Sons, Inc. I called them Friday and was advised they definitely work on vintage stereo gear. I was advised to call back on Tuesday to speak with Jerry Saunders about the service for the units. I can only state I am determined to get these units up and running and hope Jerry can help me out. I live in a very rural area of America (the southwest mountains of Virginia) in which there are NO options for vintage repair. Roanoke will be a 2.5 hour drive each way. I am thinking it is worth it to avoid having to 'ship' the units to farther destinations. I am SO BUMMED that only 1 of these units are working properly. The little ole CT-F500, the lowest model of them all, is the ONLY one that is standing by me and working like a charm. At least I have that right now. I am venting a bit on this post as I am finding that keeping vintage audio gear up and running can be very frustrating to say the least. All I want is for my stereo components to work after spending more than a pretty penny to obtain them. I am disappointed in how the sellers blew my off when they heard their units were not working after the delivery. Buyer beware as the ole saying goes. However, I am really hoping that Lee Hartman & sons can get me on track! I really wish I was like a lot of the experts on this web site that is capable of working on the units myself. However, I am not, so at the mercy of others to help me keep this gear up and running. Be wary of e-bay sales by people stating to have service it well before the sale as I am finding out the units break down within a couple of weeks. Darn, I am so devastated that I am having so many issues with these e-bay purchases. I really hope I find a tech that can help me out. I grow tired of all these obstacles to enjoy my vintage stereo. Sorry fell audiophiles, about this negative post. But I am heartbroken at the moment.