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Is Nak RX-202 worth $600-700 for full refurb?

Discussion in 'Tape' started by Couldbfishin, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Couldbfishin

    Couldbfishin Couldbfishin

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    I bought a Nakamichi RX 202 in the mid-80's and enjoyed recording and playback for years. Then I put it into storage. I recently pulled it out and it needs refurbishment. I contacted a company that is a Nak specialist in Connecticut and got a rough estimate.
    My question is, is it worth this much to restore my RX202. I realize it was the base model back then. Would I be better off buying another model and having it restored instead?
    I am not interested in buying the Dragon and paying to have it restored. It would cost more than I am interested in paying for a cassette deck. What other NAK models might I consider and why?
    Thanks,
    Couldbfishin
     

     

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  2. damacman

    damacman Blown and Injected Subscriber

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    Wow, that's a lot of money. But if the unit has sentimental value ...
     
  3. qdrone

    qdrone Music is my mistress

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    Why does it need refurbishment? Does it work?
     
  4. MRL_Audio

    MRL_Audio AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Your shopping for repair work at the wrong place. Suggest you reach out to Nakmandan or PerryinVA. No way should it cost that much.
     
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  5. savatage1973

    savatage1973 Addicted Member

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    That seems pretty pricey (like double what it should cost). They are not the "only game in town" that works on Nak decks. I had my Dragon refreshed a couple years back, and it didn't cost that much. I haven't priced your specific deck recently, but I'm guessing you'll have more into it than it is worth--but, as mentioned, if it has sentimental value to you, then go for it--but I'd be shopping around for a different tech.
     
  6. perryinva

    perryinva IS it vintage????

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    ESL is VERY expensive. $600+ to restore an RX-202 is crazy. You can (well, maybe could) buy a reputably restored RX-505 for that kind of money. (Of course, not from ESL).
     

     

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  7. kmulkey

    kmulkey AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I just bought a fully restored RX-505 from Perry for $650...sweet deck
     
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  8. Jonny Ramone

    Jonny Ramone Super Member

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    Shop around. Naks are popular, and have pretty decent parts availability. I bought a BX-300 and had a LX-3 refurbished(the 300 fully re-capped) , aligned and calibrated for probably $700, including shipping. Your deck provide fine performance , once restored.
     
  9. macster

    macster New Member

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    This is great advice.

    M~
     
  10. edwyun

    edwyun Super Member

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    If you want to keep your RX for a long long time, I recommend ESL. But you won't recoup your money. Had my CR7A, CR4A, and T100 overhauled by ESL. Took a while and was costly but worth it. There are other techs that do great work as well. Closer to Houston would be Willy Hermann in California.
     
  11. kermit z

    kermit z Loud Music saves Lives!! Subscriber

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    A year or so ago I took my RX-202 to a local electronic repair shop for belts and idler tire. they went thru it to make sure it was good, not a refurb mind you, just a check up,, and I paid about 150.00. Works great and it's quite the conversation piece when the tape flips :)
     

     

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  12. miner

    miner Super Member

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    Had my ZX7 fully refurbished/rebuilt by ESL - very expensive and took 8 months. If I had to do it over again I probably would not do it. I might also add, communication from ESL was terrible.
     
  13. MRL_Audio

    MRL_Audio AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Never used ESL because I had read plenty of feedback that went the same way. Good work, expensive and poor communication. There are plenty of other options that provide good work, a fair price and solid communication before, during and after the work is complete. Not worth the headache in my opinion.
     
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