Hallo-Fi Electronics

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  1. geg167

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  3. Bert 1100

    Bert 1100 Super Member

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    I think some people on AK have used his services. He goes by the name BigVoyevoda here on AK.
    The price you mention is for your 2500 I guess?
    Maybe somebody with experience with him will chime in...
     
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    Bert,
    The price is for 2500, you are correct.
     
  5. eizner23

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    I prepaid for a preamp restoration and tuner alignment 100 days ago from this guy. Never got a call and he still has my components. No idea what's going on with this, looking at his blog he seems busy with other work.
    If I prepay and drive 1 hr to his shop, I'd at least expect a call.
     
  6. wlhd1610

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    My clients pay me when I'm done with a restoration and am ready to ship it back or when they come to my shop to pick it up.
    I like the personal pickups because we can go over everything and listen to it while we hang out for awhile!

    Bob
     
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    I can tell you Noah is a busy guy. Have you tried to contact him through his Facebook page?
     
  8. KutzlerTrans

    KutzlerTrans Jennie & I with Buddy and Barney.

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    Your question about asking for money before the service has been rendered is a fair question and this is my opinion.

    This is never a good idea and is just not normal procedure.

    Human nature is not on your side. It leaves you extremely vulnerable and unless you have written contract with a promised Date of completion, you could end up dying of old age before you get it back.

    Even though i personally believe the seller is quite capable of doing fine work, Getting paid upfront leads to answers like you see above. I never take money ahead of time because i know i am just as guilty of loosing motivation as the next guy.

    The price going up before the shop even looked at is is enough to pull the plug. Unless your leaving something out of the story, That creates an instant loss of trust and certainly a fast way to put yourself out of business. The only time i have seen someone do that, they did it to qualify and find stupid people that they can burn.
     
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  10. jcamero

    jcamero The sun will shine in my back door someday Subscriber

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    Hallo FI (Noah), restored my KA-8300. I really don't agree with the upfront payment, but, it's his business, and you can always look elsewhere. As far as his work. I am so happy with the restoration with my Kenny. Probably the quietest piece of gear I've ever owned. The separation is unreal, and it sounds amazing. Noah did tell me it was a "bit of a bastard" to work on. It took quite awhile for him to complete, and yes, I wish the communication process was better, but at the end of the day, I'm very pleased, and that's all that matters to me. I'd use his service again, but would probably insist on weekly updates with pictures, and a promise date.
     
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    I put things on the watch list all the time. Keeps me up on what things go for in the end along with watching bids on items I might want to bid on.
     
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    Exactly. The thing is these are not auction listings. No bids there. I think majority of those watching are actually considering his services. Like I was few days ago.
     
  13. Hipocrates

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    So, you don't like his way of doing business? Move on... You'll find someone else, no need to rant or try to discredit a small business work. Already been said that the guy do a good work.
     
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    I would not say so. Based on my experience and reply #5 and other members who contacted me over PM, he is NOT doing "a good work" !
    I will post my email interaction with Noah later today so you can see it for yourself!
     
  15. wlhd1610

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    Serge,
    At this point I would just let it go as far as any more posting in this thread.
    It's just gonna get locked.
    AudioKarma is one of the foremost audio sites on the web and prides itself on taking the high road.

    Bob
     
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    Bob,
    Will leave it here.
    Thanks for the advice.
     
  17. BuffaloBoy

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    I have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with Hallo-Fi Electronics, Noah Schumacher or BigVoyevoda. :(
    PM me if you would like further details.
     
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    Disreputable.
     
  19. Jeff Jacob

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    Hello all. First time on this forum so bear with me on protocol. I joined AK just now, to make sure I offer my experience with a very dishonest, very incompetent self proclaimed expert restorer. Noah / Hallo-Fi Electronics. I just got my Sansui G22000 back from this guy Noah. That is the only good news. He is Hallo-Fi Electronics, and is all over Ebay as well his own blog/website. I responded to an Ebay listing, at $600 to "Restore" my Sansui beyond my dreams.
    $600 (Noah) + $400 (FedEx back/forth) = $1000 (cool G). Worth it ?? NO WAY.
    Let me make it as clear as possible, this guy is as crooked as they come. Also, let me qualify, that I have been playing with Audio for over 30 years, and have never made such a stupid mistake as to trust a total unknown stranger with one of my more valuable gems. Shame on me.

    This Noah, was so convincing on the phone, and emails, that I was compelled to give him a shot. Hell, if he did good, I would have sent him lots more business and referrals to boot. He told me it would take between 30-60 days. Once into the 2nd month, I contacted him to check on progress. He said he was almost done, and by end of week, he would ship it back. Wrong ! That week came and gone, no ship. Following week, and the week after that, and the next 2 weeks after that, he tells me the same story: "We are wrapping things up and should have it ready by this day or that one." All Lies. Of course, as time passed, and I read all kinds of stuff on AK and other sites about this guy, I got more worried, and started putting some pressure on Noah. He responded like a victim, offended even, quoting me that he "bumped" my repairs in front of other people, and that he was finishing mine up "months ahead of schedule". What planet is this guy from. How do you tell somebody that you will finish a service on this Friday, and then months later come up with attitude, as you get put on the spot to deliver the goods you promised on Ebay, through Email, and Verbal communications. Oh, like others on this forum, he tried to "UP" my bill as well. The "Complete" restoration was not really complete, getting my old parts back would cost me additional $$'s plus my credit card numbers, and my packaging was not up to par. All more money. This is just the bad news. Now for the really bad news.

    So finally, after 3 months of stress, worry and feeling just Stupid, I get my receiver back. The particular, specific packaging design I used for safe travel, completely disreguarded. I got my units back in one peace by the will of God. Loose bolts in the box. Yes, loose bolts ?? Bent up metal casing on amp section. I plugged everything in, scared to death it wouldn't work. But Alas, I got a break. The Sansui turned on. This whole novel started cause I wanted to "Restore" my G22000 to pristine heights. Well, guess what ? The tuner knob is not working anymore. Most of the switches and knobs are scratchy as before. There are now pieces of dirt on the inside of the glass panel, which was crystal before service. The specific things that we agreed he would do, like install XLR balanced connections, and other items, none of them performed. Even the RCA jacks that he said he would "Clean and Polish" ? No Way. Nothing. My receiver is in worse shape now than before sending it to this professional. but he did cash in my $600. Nice going.

    Basically, if you trust your expensive gear to this Noah / Hallo-Fi Electronics, you will pay a super premium price for service, up front. You will be lied to about the completion time. You will be short changed on the services agreed on to be performed. If, and When, you get your unit back, expect it to be in worse condition than before. And expect the price and the terms to change along the way. One of you from AK contacted me a couple months ago about this guy, but it was too late. Thank you for trying. This is me "paying it forward". STAY AWAY FROM NOAH / HALLO-FI ELECTRONICS.
     
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    Live and learn.....some of us are honest :).
     
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