Okay, so I'm obviously a newbie to the site. Should've identified myself as a stateside (USA) user, as I was unaware that this was an international forum. Mea Culpa, my BAD. That said, I feel obligated to address what I would respectfully challenge as some misunderstanding and inaccurate assumptions to my original poster. Thanks upfront to both Superduper & Reli for providing me the courtesy of a reply. Note well: There is a deadstock "sister" unit--the SONY CFD-454 (single cassette) listed on eBay for $599.00 + shipping. Granted, mine's not deadstock new anymore, but FARRRRRR from any dumpster-dived $50 unit on eBay (I saw that 1 Reli...put it back in the dumpster I'd say to the sellers). Superduper: I never said anything about the CD player being bad...in fact, it works fine. Not close to a $50 radio, unless it's severely handicapped like the 1 both of you are prolly referring to live-listed on the 'Bay. My unit retailed for around $400 bucks purchased new in the 90's, and of course they don't make these new anymore, so...?
In terms of shipping costs, I feel like I shouldn't include that in terms of evaluating my affection for the unit, as this is simply the cost of doing business to fix something I want fixed properly. I've learned from countless others' mistakes who attempt DIY fixes on things (automobiles come to mind here) where people say: "Oh I can fix it...how hard can it be?" (famous last words), only to pay 2-3X more to have the job done properly, even if it can then be fixed at all.
I've digressed. Back to the original intent of my post: Locating a respected shop basically anywhere stateside that might accept my unit for a diagnostic eval. I've checked a handful of places here in both NORCAL & SOCAL (CA, being my home state), but so far, nobody's really into cassette repairs anymore. SONY's repair website lists several independent mom n' pops, but again, none that I've found service boomboxes or, in particular, cassette audio servicing.