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Old 02-03-06, 07:56 AM
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My laserdisc player just died, help finding service

Does anyone know a good place to service a Pioneer CLD-504 LD player? There must be someplace to send this unit to for repair. Am I out of luck?
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Old 02-03-06, 07:58 AM
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Did you look in your phone book? If you live in or near a metropolitan area you'll probably find at least 2 places to take it to locally.
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Old 02-03-06, 08:00 AM
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Local repair shop would not take it, said Pioneer no longer makes parts for him to order.
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Old 02-03-06, 09:44 AM
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When mine died, I just junked it and looked for a used one on Ebay.
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Old 02-03-06, 10:25 AM
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There are good deals out there if you really want another one. Check your local Craiglist and Ebay. There's one guy selling new ones on Ebay right now. Besides, it will probably be cheaper just to buy another one.
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I highly recommend www.laserdiscservice.com, though depending on what is wrong with your player it may just be cheaper to buy a new one off eBay.

The problem with local repair shops is that they usually don't have anyone with experience fixing laserdisc players, which can be complicated beasts. The link I gave above is an authorized Pioneer service center and the tech there is thoroughly knowledgable about the format.
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Old 02-03-06, 12:14 PM
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I think alt.video.laserdiscs is still active. There used to be some repair experts and if they're near you might try and contact them.

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.video.laserdisc
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Old 02-03-06, 12:35 PM
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I frequently see CLD-504's for sale at pawn shop for $50. It may be best to just get a new one.
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Old 02-03-06, 07:20 PM
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I've worried about this as well and backed up my LDs as DVD-Rs just in case. My player is still working though. LD players are pretty durable.
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Old 02-03-06, 08:10 PM
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I've had my player for ten years now and it plays as well as the day I bought it. The largest pawn shop in my town has an entire shelf of LD players, and I would have knocked over a bank a decade ago for some of the models on display!
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Old 02-04-06, 08:54 PM
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If it was a CLD-704 I'd probably try to get it fixed. You're probably better off snagging a "new" one off ebay. I got a second machine for backup for twenty bucks (with discs!)
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Old 02-08-06, 04:51 PM
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I have 3 players just for this reason!
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Old 02-08-06, 06:18 PM
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I've heard Pioneer still makes, or at least has available, replacement parts for the VP-1000 player which was their first model put out in 1980, so they should have parts for the more recent models too. It just depends if you live near any good repair shops- fortunately I do, though they are usually SLOW!
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