March 12, 2021
Effective immediately, I am no longer accepting restorations for the same vast array of models I have done in the past. Going forward, it will just be Thorens TD-125, Thorens TD-125 MKII and AR models as follows: AR the Turntable, AR ES-1, AR EB-101.
It is with mixed feelings I deliver this news. However, for my long term sanity and happiness, it’s really my only option going forward. Over the course of doing restorations for the last 15 or so years, the turnaround time has steadily increased, to the point I have turntables here frequently for 12 weeks or more. Since my shop is here in the basement of my home with limited space, I simply can’t continue to take in all the models I serviced in the past. I just turned 61. Perhaps if I were 41, I would be hiring help and moving to a different space. Alternately, at my current age, I want to be able to vacation with my wife a couple of times a year while we are still in good health. Both of us lost our mothers when they were in their late 50s, and so we know not to put things off. So, I am hopeful you can understand my decision.
In closing, I apologize especially to those whose models I said I would take in after March 15th, 2021, but am now opting out. I wish I had somewhere/someone else I could recommend, but I don’t. My strong hope is the hole this decision leaves in the marketplace, will be filled sooner rather than later.
Update March 2023
I have found it a little amusing that the above message was interpreted by many to mean I was now semi-retired! No, I am still full time everyone! Basically, I went from 50+ hours weekly to trying to stick right to 40 hours, and at the same time, I am not giving my wife as hard a time when she wants to take off for a week or long weekend 😉 Dave
Update June 2023
For those looking for service in Thorens TD-150, TD-16X and TD-14X models, try here.