realistic expectations rant for cost of recap.

Discussion in 'Pioneer Audio' started by Gavijo70, Apr 13, 2018 at 10:18 PM.

  1. Gavijo70

    Gavijo70 New Member

    OP here.. wow I never meant to start a 3 page thread from a simple rant. I never meant to ruffle feathers either. I never said I could not AFFORD a recap on my unit. I was simply pointing out that I could purchase a fully restored 1080 for the price I was quoted for a simple recap of the one I already own. I bought this unit fully expecting to put another 6 or 700 in to it.


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  2. danrclem

    danrclem Super Member

    I've already been doing that and I can assure you that I wouldn't touch the 1980 unless I have 100% confidence in myself which may never happen.
  3. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian Super Member

    And to the OP.

    Prices in CA are as high as they get in the US and nothing like in your area and others I'm guessing. Don't go by those whacked out rates.

    You don' have to spend a grand to get a recap done. That' the ridiculous route to go.

    Find the guys doing this work on AK and get some quotes. I' sure you'l find someone that doesn' require 100 bucks an hour.

    Good luck!
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  4. MannyE

    MannyE Exterminate! Subscriber

    Miami Beach
    I'm always amazed when people are surprised that a final tally on the entire journey (acquiring and restoring) a vintage ANYTHING (receiver, car, table) is more than the thing is worth on the open market. As if somehow it should be profitable to enjoy a hobby. It isn't. Never has been and never will be.

    ESPECIALLY when talking vintage audio. Does anyone really think that when you have to scour the entire country for the 3, 4 or 5 techs that can actually do this kind of work at the level we all want the price is going to be low? No. It just isn't.

    Do it yourself (which usually means having or acquiring thousands of dollars worth of equipment AND the knowledge to use it) or pay through the nose for someone who has all the equipment already and has spent decades honing his craft to do it for you. I will happily pay through the nose and all I expect in return is the enjoyment of beautiful music. Certainly not any profit.

    But if I do ever decide to sell my restored receiver, it will probably fetch way more than what a new receiver (that probably cost the same or more) will go for in three years' time.
  5. rcs16

    rcs16 Super Member

    Baldwin, Ontario, Canada
    In many cases, members manage to do these restorations with just a DMM. You are correct in that if there is a problem or for tuner work then more equipment is necessary.

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