I'm so happy to read about that. My tech is at about 10 minutes from my place and that's bliss!
But I was pretty confident that you were going to find somebody who deals with vintage electronics in Naples. In Italy, especially in the southern regions, you can still find many good old school technician. The fact is, southerners are on average less wealthy than northerners. People tend to repair whatever stops working rather than throwing things away. At home people still use a lot of vintage electronics, and it is precisely for this reason that many techs still have the right know-how.
Great news then! Now you should start asking the guy if he knows were to find the kind of vintage electronics you're after. Remember: the Aviano military base means that a lot of top-notch boomboxes reached the shores of Naples back in the day. How many are still out there is for you to find out...
Thanks Sal, you were so right when you told me that during your visit. I didn't know how I was going to find him, but I found him.
Great news Chris,that's good news!! That Palladium looks rare. Good luck,hope he turns out to be great! I've had to do all my repairs but man some I just can't. Lucky guy!
Thanks Jeff, I know what you mean. Some projects just hit a wall. I was looking through the collection at projects that I couldn't finish 100% and I am going to prioritize them. Depending on his prices, I will start sending them over when I can afford too.
So, I was in his shop yesterday. Picked up my wife's car. He told me he would be starting on the Palladium in a day or so. We talked about it's issues in more detail. Not really much to tell. It's 100$ working, but the deck is wobbly and in need of belts. Common issues, slips when fast forwarding and rewinding a little. The buttons are crackly and sometimes you need to click them a few times to get them locked in. No big deal. Should be a walk in the park. If he can get this deck singing at the right speed, then we will move forward.
Maybe to my GF 777 that needs to be cleaned and rebelted. Man that would be a nice one to have the decks dialed in.