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Fleischer Electronics Service

We ARE:  an old-fashioned service business, locally serving the greater Lake Tahoe to Carson City & Reno areas....and far beyond ....since 1972.
((After 48 years at So. Lake Tahoe, I moved the repair shop to Carson City in November 2019)) 

You are looking at:  https://FleischerElectronicsService.com


The owner & electronics repairman/technician, with the weird sense of humor, is:
Robert (Bob) Fleischer

PLEASE DO NOT show up without an appointment.   You may be interrupting my work for others.  If you show up without an appointment, I may be grumpy.


Please read carefully! 

I work on modern & vintage items. That means I also work on antique radios, which I classify as antiques if made well before ~1970).  It is not unusual to find me working on items from the 1930's.  I work on all sorts of radios, HiFi's, stereos, phonographs, turntables, musicians electronics, and general electronics.  I work on both vacuum tube & transistorized ('solid state') items, both analog and digital. 

Besides repairs I do occasional soldering jobs for folks; analysis of various problems on all sorts of electronics items; do a bit of electronics engineering, etc.   I supply electronics parts (I stock an exceptionally large amount of common and branded parts), and sometimes I work on odd and/or strange electronics items.  I do a lot of repair work on musician's electronics, and quite a lot of work on seventies/eighties hifi

I am well-known for quality and careful repair work; and, my repair shop is popular.   I've had to restrict my working hours and take 'rest breaks', due to age (86); medical problems; and, need for an occasional life outside the repair shop. 

NEW Hours: 
7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Due to the lack of air conditioning in my shop, if it is quite hot outside, it eventually gets hot inside, and then my work output slows or stops.  Every time I open the shop door, a lot of heat may come in.  Thus, I prefer to schedule hot weather appointments for 9am to 11am.  This also gives me more time to talk to customers. 

 (775) 461-3530  (NO texting!) (I won't be able to see it).

You must have a specific day and time appointment to be here!

I did electronics repairs at my shop at So. Lake Tahoe for 48 years.  In late 2019 my wife Penny, and I, moved to Carson City, and I built a new shop into my garage.  I now have no employees and do all repairs myself.  The 'new' shop is smaller, and has limited storage space for incoming & outgoing items ...that is why  I use a "WaitList" for incoming items.  

To be put on the WaitList, either phone me or send me an e-mail. I would like to have your name, phone number, brand name, model and the problem.  I will respond by providing you a WaitList number.   PLEASE write down that WaitList number, and attach it to a tag on your item ...because I will ask for the number if you telephone or send me an E-mail inquiring about your WaitList status.   It's OK to phone to inquire about your Wait List status 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week; or send me an E-mail (NO texting) at any time. DO supply your WaitList number!   info@FleischerElectronicsService.com

I am solidly into my busy season, which traditionally seems to start around the beginning of Spring.  Presently, my WaitList seems to be a bit longer than previous years.

Status of the WaitList, as of July 11th, 2024: 
I am working on the last of April WaitListed items.

As I get folks' repairs completed, and I get to your # on the WaitList, I will telephone you to set a date and time that works for you and me, to bring your item. If no answer, or you don't have an answering machine, I will use E-mail if I have your E address.  After three attempts at some sort of contact, I stop trying. 

I DO NOT sell, give out, spam, etc., anyone's E-address or phone numbers.

My phone system does NOT ACCEPT NOR DOES IT DISPLAY texting!

Some people screen their phone calls and don't recognize my number, so they don't answer the phone …. and some have never set up voice mail messaging.  I can not leave them a message.  Sometimes I hear  "voice mail box is full and can not take messages".

When notified of your repair diagnostics being completed, or your repair being completed, I appreciate you promptly return my phone call, and promptly pick up your item, due to my limited storage area.  I do have a published daily charge for overly extended storage of completed items ...but I have not enforced this but once.


NO work ons...or, maybe will, sometimes:

TV's...I NO LONGER work on them AT ALL. No video recorders/players. I do have a couple of small portable TV's for sale, or give-away, but they are the end of my TV work.  See my Bargain Basement page.

NO work on:  VCR's, games, computers, smart phones, walkie-talkies, office machines, car radios made after approximately 1980 (we can tell by a free inspection, if the car radio is removed & brought to us ...by appointment only please).  I no longer crawl under car dashes, nor do I remove nor install car radios or other vehicle electronics items.

"CB" radios of the converted 10m/11m Ham Radio types, and some others, will not be worked on.  I WILL NOT work on illegal transmitters; nor illegal 'power boosters'.  I am very protective of my FCC Licenses; and, I don't want to work on items that may cause radio frequency interference.  

NO home or business service calls at this time.

In general, I am no longer doing serious work on keyboards.

EFFECTIVE APRIL 5TH, 2024, I NO LONGER ACCEPT ITEMS FOR THE WAITLIST FOR VERTICAL OR HORIZONTAL TRUE ANTIQUE CONSOLES.  There MAY BE some exceptions, once I get reasonably caught up on regular work, perhaps at the end of Summer.  

DO NOT make assumptions....for example:  do NOT bring consoles unless YOU KNOW I agreed to look at or otherwise work on your console or part of your console.  DO NOT BRING ANYTHING NOR SHOW UP, without an appointment!  I can be grumpy or grouchy, as you may be interrupting my work for others.   Showing up without an appointment is a big no-no for me.

I am restricted by my doctors regarding lifting heavy items.  I'm turning down working on SOME big heavy items.  ASK!....your item MAY still be accepted for work, but, I am trying to restrict items above 40 pounds. 

For various reasons I do NOT work on: 
Certain Bugera products; certain Krell products;  Bose CD players; A FEW 'Very High End' CD players by McIntosh and Marantz. 
Certain B & O products, such as their linear tracking turntables, ...but I do still work on the early B & O turntables with the round speed-select touch-sensitive buttons that light-up.
Peavey's Eddie Van Halen amplifiers 5150 (any version, NO exceptions). 
Egnater Tourmaster 4100 and 4212; Triple Lead Marshal's & JVM 410H. 
I restrict repairs on Class D, G, & H amplifiers of any brand, any type, including powered speakers.  These are switching mode amplifiers, or, the power supplies in them are (usually called SMPS for Switching Mode Power Supply).  You'll have to ask about these.  Generally, these various amplifiers are much lighter, yet may have very high output wattage.  The power supplies are similarly much lighter.   I find them very annoyingly awful to work on, so have pretty much quit doing repairs at the circuit level on them.


DO NOT ship repairs to me without prior-arrangement!   In general, such will not be worked on, nor will the item be accepted. Usually, I refuse the shipment.

I WILL NOT accept 'bribes' to put your proposed work ahead of other folks.  However, I may prioritize gigging musicians' equipment.  If you try to 'fool me' by claiming you are a gigging musician, be prepared to explain.

We accept cash.  In our 48+ years at So. Lake Tahoe, and 4+ now in Carson City, we've never had cash bounce.   I DO NOT; and have NEVER; accepted credit or debit cards, and I am  UNhappy about checks.   If you insist of paying by check, and your check bounces, the results will be VERY unpleasant for you.   NOTE that I do NOT accept out of State checks.

NO restroom is available without a chaperone. 

All these policies increase my repairs efficiency, decrease my blood pressure, and do a lot to allow me to keep prices low. 




Electronics' usually contains at least some "electrolytic capacitors".  These, and sometimes other parts, may be damaged, if you plug your item into a wall socket and power it on, if it has been sitting UNpowered, for a long time. My advice is to not power it, unless you have something like a Variac, that enables starting at a very low voltage; and, over a goodly number of hours, slowly increase the voltage (monitoring the current flow too, is what we do); or, if no Variac, you know and understand using other progressive voltage methods that I can describe to you...some is quite simple and easy to do!  Wrong initial powering-up can occasionally cause capacitor bursting, and thus may spray a corrosive substance ....that substance is baaad for your item.  Done properly, my method often 'repairs' the capacitors and saves you $$$.  I have the proper equipment, and usually do not charge for capacitor reforming work during regular diagnostics and or repairs.   I can describe over the telephone how to reform your capacitors safely, if you wish to do it yourself.
UNfortunately, most home-theatre receivers (or many items that have a remote control capability), can not be easily dealt with, to reform capacitors.  The reason is that the circuitry that the remote control operates, for powering-on, needs a fair amount of voltage to engage the relay(s).  Bypassing often takes a lot of time, to analyze the layout and schematic diagram, and what must be done.  On those models, there is a charge, unless I can easily figure it out.


Note:  Further information on capacitor testing, replacement, 'caps'...hype versus truth, ...etc., will be found on my HINTS page!

Bargain Basement (CLICK HERE!)

So, you finally have an appointment day & time to drop off (or, pick up) your item; ...now what?

(You might want to keep in mind that we DO NOT accept credit or debit cards and dislike checks)

I may see you arriving if you use Gambrel Drive and I am in my office; so, give me a minute to open the garage door.   After a full minute, I suggest you call 1-(775) 461-3530 to let me know that you are here.   The shop garage door is typically closed, ESPECIALLY SO IN WINTER, OR HOT SUMMER DAYS, OR WINDY DAYS.  If you can't phone, you may knock loudly onto the shop garage door.  NOTE that I LIKELY WILL NOT hear ringing of the front door bell.

Some maps and GPS's are WRONG!    Follow directions below!

The electronics repair shop is located in my garage, located inside "Quail Run",
a 55+ gated community, a long-ago part of Heritage Park. 
A small building with letters HP still exists at the corner of Saliman & Fairview.

My address is 1903 Teal Drive, located where Gambrel Drive meets Teal Drive, see below map.
DO NOT use what seems, on some maps and GPS, to be an entrance to this area from Saliman Rd.
DO USE the Bobwhite Drive entrance from Fairview Drive, see map, below.
From the mid-block corner of Bobwhite Drive and Fairview Drive, A FEW FEET after passing through the big open gate
on Bobwhite Drive, turn RIGHT onto Bandtail Drive; or,
better, go one block further and turn RIGHT onto Gambrel Drive.  See the map below.

Parking areas

The most convenient place to park is on my driveway, RIGHT SIDE.   RIGHT means RIGHT, not middle, not left.  We offer instruction on what right and left are, if you are not sure, or just got here from the UK.  If you see a lot of snow because I haven't yet shoveled your parking spot, and/or you need exercise, you can park at the parking area on Teal Dr.  at the curve (at the postal boxes area); OR, for nearly the same amount of exercise, you can park at the parking area just barely past Gambrel Dr, on the West side of Teal Dr, 100 feet feet or so from my garage.   Parking on the street is frowned-upon by the fire department and homeowners regulations, but OK for temporary drop-off and pickup. 
Please drive slowly and carefully.  You may be exposed to old folks who possibly should not be driving. Some old folks here will be using not just cars and pickup trucks, but mobility machines, golf-carts, walkers, canes, camels, dogs, etc.   We may have youngsters here, visiting their parents or Grandma and Grandpa.   At dusk, we may have deer (we've seen herds of 7 inside the compound).  The deer have figured out how to jump fences or go through open gates and regularly teach their offspring during their excursions into this area.   Please don't speed; there is no reason to exceed 10 mph, and our community is posted for 15 mph You might be amazed at the damage deer, or an eighty year old person in a mobility machine, can make to your car, let alone what your car does to them; and, you should consider your upcoming car insurance premium increases.   You could kill or injure someone.  Please SLOW DOWN!

If I do not see your arrival and open the garage door within one full minute, then phone me at 1-(775) 461-3530  (NO texting!).  No phone?  Knock on the garage door.  Driving into the garage door is greatly frowned-upon.  Driving through the closed garage door, in order to make the Evening News or local newspaper, is greatly frowned-upon, and will be very expensive for you...but, heck, you get to meet one of our friendly members of the Sheriff's Department and probably get your picture into the local newspaper.

We service MANY more brands of all sorts of electronics

Bargain Basement (CLICK HERE!)





Some of our test gear at one of our 4 messy workbenches at our prior So. Lake Tahoe address.  We have even
more test equipment now, such as more analyzers, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators, Etc.
 I sold my Leblond Regal lathe and tooling, and my Mill;....just no room anyplace in the Carson City garage.
The main workbench, not the old one below!, is a lot neater these days.

Below are photos of the new Carson City shop


The branded parts storage............and..........the separate storage building for mostly generic common parts:


Professional 4 track cassette recorder.  I've done
a number of these; and, always successfully.
Many repair shops won't work on them after
'trying' to fix one (often resulting in damage!).

Want to know about Nipper?    see:   https://www.rca.com/us_en/nipper-chipper-1720-us-en
The wind-up type of record player was very popular, long ago.  RCA and others did produce Tulip horn versions besides the horn type in the photo.   No electricity involved!  I see any of these quite rarely.








For decades we did in & out of warranty service for Fender and many other brands.  Warranty work is time-consuming; and, with paperwork, handling, & possibly receiving-shipping, it was a PIA, and warranty work was often a money loser. Doing it now would cause price increases, so I do not

Of course, I guarantee my work for you!  


Our HINTS page covers speaker phasing, etc. I have added to that page now & then with things for musician's & HiFi/Stereo/HomeTheatre owners.   If you have a subject you would like covered on the HINTS page, let me know!


I DO NOT 'try to sell you' parts nor service that I think are a waste of your money.  It is not terribly unusual for me to recommend that I do not repair an item you have brought to me.  This may happen if I think you will have continuing problems in the future due to extreme aging or other reasons such as if I think a repair is not worth the cost.  Sometimes, such customers want me to do the repair anyway.

I stock quality parts including vacuum tubes that I know from experience & testing will hold up to the stresses of musician's use.  I stock a lot of radio tubes.  I have a variety of selected tube brands because no single brand of vacuum tubes always provides the quality and specifications I want. This is especially so for modern production vacuum tubes.  For NOS tubes (New Old Stock) there can still be reliability problems. You are unlikely to find out about how serious this can be from other servicer's. 

I offer FREE advice on maintenance & use of your equipment.  See my HINTS page.  I offer tube matching & bias services.  Want to know the truth about operation of vacuum tubes, such as fixed versus cathode bias on output stages?  Standby switch sequence operation versus tube life?  You may ask me specific questions about vacuum tubes and use of your equipment, and I will try to clear up misinformation and outright hype found on social media and in manufacturer and sales department literature.   Are you being sold on a need to 're-cap' (replace capacitors) just because of their age?  I am quite willing to tell you the truth about such things...and, at no charge to you for chit-chat.


I am not a retailer although I usually have some repaired items for sale, and I do supply parts to hobbyists, particularly so now that Radio Shack has mostly disappeared.  Here is a link to our page of repaired & other items for sale or trade, and I often have some FREE things there too!  THE PAGE DOES NOT COVER ALL WE HAVE FOR SALE (or TRADE, or for FREE)
bargain basement (CLICK!)

I SERVICE, Modify, Design, & REPAIR.  I DO NOT DO FRETWORK & NECK WORK on guitars. There are nearby places that do, such as Legacy Music.  I DO work on the electronics inside of many guitars.   Sometimes I teach/instruct wanna-be technicians on how to work on electronics.  I do this in hopes that they will want to purchase my business; or, get started in a business that has been good to me for many decades, and which needs younger blood....more often, the reason is just plain old-fashioned friendliness.

MANY stores send their repairs to me; especially the more difficult repairs. 

We were featured on KOLO-TV/Reno for our expertise, SERVICE, and WORKMANSHIP!  I have a copy of their certificate to me for anyone to see.

Few knowledgeable/qualified technicians now work on older (or newer!) audio equipment, and I am often swamped with work, with a backlog (Wait List).  I'm 86 y.o., and it's long past time that I should sell and retire.  I'm not going to be around for more than maybe another few years due to cancer and heart problems.   The business is for sale.  Parts, test gear, and all other assets. 

If you are knowledgeable/experienced, and want to work part time (or even full time), this might be for you.  You will need between $10,000 and $18,000 for everything (and there is a WHOLE LOT of 'everything').  Price depends on how much 'help' you need to get established, and how much of the test equipment, tools, thousands of parts, workbenches, machinery, etc., that you actually take.    Contact me if you, or someone you know, is interested in purchasing the business which includes extensive test equipment, parts, tools, all my customer files, etc.  Some or even considerable training, if needed, can be included.  Here's more:


My wife, Penny, was a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children) in the SLT area for a long time. Member of Friends of the Library.  Until mid-2019 we were actively volunteering our help for Bread & Broth at St. Theresa's;  ....& Penny was volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Director of Bringing Art To Schools program (BATS). Volunteer at the Juvenile Treatment Center.  Charter Member of the Lake Tahoe Ukulelians way back to when it was called the Tahoe Aunties! She tried to get a ukulele group going in the Carson City area, & has played/sung at several senior's places, & was volunteering at the Fremont school to help children with reading problems ...until the pandemic.  She got involved again, with the now defunct School of Rock.  She is still trying to start or join a ukulele group in the Carson City area.  She sometimes goes to South Lake Tahoe and plays with the large Ukulelians group which meets in the upstairs big room at the American Legion.  Lately, she's doing some free gigs at seniors' places; and, ringing handbells with a group doing the same, at the Methodist Church, on some Sundays.

We both have had our #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and the latest, my #6,  Covid vaccinations.  As I update this in June 2024, Penny is still volunteering at Carson Tahoe Hospital, two days a week, in the ER area.  (Penny has a past that included being a RN and same in the Navy).

Penny was one of the original organizers of the Muscle-Powered bicycling & hiking group here in CC.  Due to my age and physical problems I have given up backpacking & downhill skiing, and gave away my last pair of downhill skis, boots, most of my ski clothes, etc.  We still have XC skiing gear.  We like Ballroom Dancing, concerts, travel, events. We don't manage nearly often enough to do these things...hopefully in 2024-5....and maybe some XC skiing and very mild hiking.

I've had a long life, many experiences, have a great wife; and, some friends I am very thankful for.

More on Charitable & other organizations we've been associated with:

Sons In Retirement (SIRS): ....I was also their Webmaster.
Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra.  Involved with Kiwanis for local children. I chaired the stein-holding contest for years at the Kiwanis annual Septoberfest at So. Lake Tahoe.  Penny was Kiwanis President-elect. Penny & my involvements included the Vikingsholm station for the Tour 'd Tahoe & Bike the West (both, multiple times).   I participated in most Kiwanis activities, but my involvement slowed & finally stopped, mostly due to health problems.  With our move to Carson City ...& the Pandemic, ...we have not yet re-joined the local Kiwanis Club.  We will continue with our present volunteering.  Not sure about Muscle Powered, now that Penny has given up bicycling (she gave her very nice bike to someone that helps at FISH).  Still a Member of the bicycling group Muscle-Powered, which is very civic minded.


I owned a part-time electronics repair business since my mid-teens when I was still in school, and later, college. My shop was on Pico Blvd, near Sepulveda.   Later, I sold that shop to my chief technician.   I then began my career employed as an electronics technician, and later as an electronics engineer for several company's.  I obtained my MSEE, & prior to moving to Lake Tahoe, I was the Chief Engineer of Linear Corp.  It was the position I always dreamed of.  But, after a few years, I left Los Angeles to better enjoy outdoors life at Lake Tahoe, where I initially serviced TV's for two major resorts and did stereo & hi-fi repairs for local stores as a sub-contractor.  I sometimes did electronics design work.

I expanded my repair center.  Eventually my employees and I did nearly all the electronics work within ~80 miles, from a building on Washington Ave; and later in a building behind Kings Center.  HiFi, Stereo & other electronics repairs; design & installing sound systems in homes, businesses & churches. We sold & installed car stereos as Ultimate Auto Stereo from a separate building. We did an increasing amount of repairs & modifications for musicians. 

I eventually moved the repair business to a large private garage to avoid drop-in customers, which distracted us from our work & nearly caused me to have to hire a receptionist/greeter/secretary.  The move kept costs down & I continued my substantially lower prices.   Today, the company consists of just me, working part-time, which keeps me from getting bored and annoying Penny.  It pays for utilities and some few of my smaller medical bills.   I'm NOT interested in working full time.  The business has been for sale, but the only 'listing' is in this website and my BMW motorcycle hobby website, link is in the lower left side column. Pass the word, you could earn some referral $, if a deal is done.

BSEE (UCLA).  MSEE (Stanford).  Many decades working in electronics. Patents in electronics.  Published in industry magazines.  Member IEE (now IEEE).  Lots more boring-to-you stuff.

Worked for other companies besides Linear?  Yes... Douglas; Hughes Systems & Malibu Labs; BMW (motorcycles); RadioPlane; Telemeter Magnetics; Stoddart Aircraft Radio and Stoddart Electro-Systems; Medical Measurements Corp.

Who designed, wrote the old HTML code, & maintains this lousy, trashy, messy, verbose antique of a website?   ME

Grumpy?   Seldom; unless you show up without an appointment!...or phone after hours (I close promptly at 5PM).  Amazing how many DIScourteous people call me at dinnertime.   Probably more amazing is how many NEVER look at MY website...that you are reading, right now.

Pricing & Policies:
Prices are kept down by not paying rent & utilities for an on-highway building; not allowing 'drop ins', not having a receptionist; not having additional technicians....and using a WaitList.   Shop parts & labor policies/rates are detailed here: pricing.

Licensed: State, City; FCC;  etc.

Served in the Military?
Yes, for a very long time. Semper Fi!
From Grunt to Proud Mustang
2nd Div. 
Yes, I had multiple careers at the same time! 
 That included working for two Agencies of the Government.

I have had many hobbies & involvements ...photography, back-packing, flying, hot rods.  I restored, rode & raced old motorcycles ....and sidecar rigs.  I authored & still maintain a massive BMW m/c technical repairs website that is known all over the world. I was the traveling tech/fixer for BMW motorcycles (dealer level) on the West Coast.   My BMW repairs site is:  https://bmwmotorcycletech.info/. I am a well-known 'guru' for BMW bike repairs, had my own shop for many years.  Earlier I was the head of the shop at a dealership.  Most of my motorcycling was on 2 wheels, not 3.  Photo below was one of my sidecar rigs that I built; and, yes, I've driven it to ski resorts. I have over 650,000 miles on BMW motorcycles, maybe 850K on all brands of bikes.  I stopped riding in 2019 when my health problems increased.  I greatly miss the fun/sport.

What else?
I was a pilot, and hold certificates (licenses) for a variety of aircraft types; and, for flight and ground instruction, ETC.  WHEW!

I try to play classical, jazz, and rock music on my piano.  I used to be good at it.  Penny plays the ukulele.  I do not have room for large machines in my present garage, so have given up being an amateur machinist. Gave up riding motorcycles due to health problems and no room.  I very rarely fly airplanes now.  It's too expensive.  Once in awhile I have a customer who owns an airplane, and we go flying; I may even give instruction.  Don't tell Penny.

I have worked with the Special Olympics; LTATF; and was Chairman of The Ryan White Consortium for both Alpine & ElDorado Counties for several years.  For years I volunteered to take care of the computer network for So. Lake Tahoe Senior Citizens Center. I no longer do that, nor anything else at Lake Tahoe.  Since late 2019 we've been year-round residents of Carson City.  We enjoy the area, and we enjoy the people in our compound.

I may make suggestions to you based on your proposed usage of the item.    I typically tell you IN DEPTH what I found when checking out your item.  I may suggest you do NOT have us repair the item (yes, that happens).  I may decline to work on your item.    I will NOT try to sell you services, parts, etc., that I think are a waste of your $, considering your proposed usage.  I will make recommendations, taking aging (of the item, not you!) into account.  If, after reading this entire verbose article, you think that I have a particularly old-fashioned set of morals and ways of doing business, you ARE correct.  Heck, try this:  If you cannot take the time to read this web article, you may not be my type of customer.  If you can't laugh, I don't want your business.  If you can't read, I have no idea what to say.

Last check/edit: Friday, July 12, 2024