Hey everybody, nice site!
I’ve been feeding off the extensive articles for a few months but didn’t have the chance to ask a question until now, so here goes…
My sister has had a karaoke machine shudder for about 2 years, and it had worked perfectly up until a week ago. Out of the blue, after the tray was opened, it would not close past 1/2 way. I brought it to a local repair shop, and after repairs wanted to charge me $20 for parts and $210 for labour after it was fixed, so I walked out of the store. Working in an electronics retail store myself, I understand that the mechanisms operating the tray are quite straight-forward.
They claimed that the price was because of a broken timing mechanism. I have not heard of this part before, but assuming how simple the insides of a CD player are, it suprises me that it would take a certified repairman over 3 hours to fix this.
Because of the amazingly detailed papers on this site explaining how CDs and such work, I assume that someone might have the knowledge to tell me whether I am being jerked around or not.
Please give any input you have on this issue, including any info/links that could teach me more on the workings of the this infernal “timing mechanism”. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated, as if I can get the price of labour down to a lower price, I would be saving a LOT of money.
(All prices are in Canadian dollars, BTW, eh)
Thanks in advance,