|Here you'll find out why BARRY'S 8 TRACK REPAIR is the place to go!
|You mean besides my LIFETIME WARRANTY, FREE RETURN SHIPPING and COMPLETE SERVICE INFORMATION?
|Our top-of-the-line Sanford Research Systems LCR Meter
|For the true audiophile - the original manufacturers' manuals for Akai and Pioneer models
|We have books, schematics and service manuals for virtually ALL Vintage Audio repairs!
|4783 N. Glenrosa Circle
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
|With the longest warranty in the business and a huge inventory of 8 track motors, it's easy to see why
we claim to be the "King of 8 Track Repair". This is just one of our many Vintage Audio repair benches
where your prized item will receive our renowned top-notch attention and full restoration of all
features to their original factory specifications. Below, you will be introduced to a few pieces of
test equipment that set BARRY'S 8 TRACK REPAIR head and shoulders above the rest.
At BARRY'S 8 TRACK REPAIR, we've been embracing the format since it was new, and have improved and
refined our methods to continue delivering top-notch work as the units age and further deteriorate.
In addition, we have the specialized test gear other shops don't have, which means we can find
potential future problems that they can't. The result is amazing repair quality which is GUARANTEED
to give complete satisfaction for the remaining life of the unit. See a few of our more specialized
pieces of test equipment on this page, as well as our massive service manual collection.
|For meticulously precise head adjustment on a quad machine, a 4 channel scope is the only way
to go. This enables us to observe audio levels on all 4 channels simultaneously, without
depending on our ears which can become fatigued and inaccurate after repeated listening (much
like the nose gets tired after sampling several brands of cologne). The fact that channels 1 and 4
are typically weak (being on the edges of the playback head) makes it even more important to
have a visual reference. All 4 channel machines become very close friends with this scope.
|We spared no expense when it
came to offering superior service
on your Vintage Audio equipment.
This SRS SL720 LCR Meter was
obtained from the Engineering
Lab at my old job and cost $1500.
Most audio repair shops don't
have such expensive and
sophisticated test gear for the
8 track format. We considered
it an absolute necessity.
484 Millihenries with a 4.14 Quality
factor means the head is GOOD!
|To prevent too much clutter, here are just a few of my original manufacturers' service manuals,
along with Punky, the official shop cat. Punky stands guard over the manuals and handles the
tougher repair jobs that I can't figure out. Not exactly camera-shy, is she?
|As mentioned before, I was an Avionics Technician by day. I worked on equipment used in airplane
cockpits, which as you may know CANNOT fail in operation! Cruising at 50,000 feet is a bad time
for my repair work not to hold up, and I haven't killed anyone yet. The antenna amplifiers I repaired
mount of the underside of planes and see temperatures of minus 40 degrees at altitude, not to mention
greatly reduced atmospheric pressure which can wreak havoc on sensitive devices. The quality
of my repairs and the discipline of my ethics enable me to give you the best work you may ever find:
who use test
|Why you should pick us FIRST - it's about MOTORS and HEADS, Baby!
|(Click on images for large view)
|Shown are just a few of our point-of-use boxes of motors that we keep close to the benches. We have cases,
cases, cases and MORE cases of brand new 8 track motors in stock, totaling more than 1500. Since 2006,
we have been anticipating the current lack of 8 track motors - and purchase all that are available. We claim
to be the only shop in the world who routinely installs NEW motors in Ford, Mopar, AMC and Wollensak units.
Which leads us to the fact that you're paying good money to ship your unit out for repair. If you're overseas,
you can easily end up paying more than $200 in two-way shipping costs alone. Considering the expenses
involved in sending a unit between countries, you'll want to make sure your shop of choice is well stocked
with 8 rack motors and tape heads - the specialized 8 track parts for which no current substitutes are found.
Ask any other shop to see their stock of motors - make sure that you
are getting what you pay for, and always ask for the defective part back.
If you're restoring a classic car, scheduling can be tight and you may be paying storage fees while
you car awaits the return of your radio or 8 track player. You can't afford to mess around with a
service who "can also work on 8 tracks" and has a few parts for them lying around.
This is the time to call the 8 track specialist, so THIS doesn't happen to you:
|Most other shops charge a diagnostic fee if they can't fix it. Their boss says they have to. Not the best deal?
|Clean, crisp and organized work habits mean better quality
|Complete Service Literature Library
|Pictures of the actual bookshelves can be very imposing - how about just a lil' taste?
|If it has a radio,
8 track, cassette,
reel to reel,
|The complete series of:
Sams Auto Radio
Sams Modular Hi-Fi
Sams Tape Recorder
Sams Home Tape Player
Plus original Pioneer,
Wollensak and Akai
factory service manuals
|30 years ago, pretty much any radio or TV shop could do an acceptable job repairing 8 track machines since
all that was required was their standard stock of conventional components such as transistors, resistors,
capacitors, etc. But nowadays, they need to have the specialized 8 track parts that only WE have now !
|And while you have them on the line, you might as well clinch us as your shop
of choice even further by asking them if they have brand new 8 track heads:
this is the
word for it !
Ask to see
they claim to
have in stock
|Call 928-533-9666 now!
|Residue from solder flux was seldom removed in production as it had no effect on circuit behavior. But its
corrosive nature needs no explaining, and it collects decades of dust, grease and calcium deposits which
eventually become conductive and cause short circuits. This is a typical Ford tape head preamp board.
|Board cleaned and ready for new electrolytic capacitors