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Fleischer Electronics Service

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Business hours 7 days a week 8:30am to 4:00pm.
(775) 461-3530 (please, NO phone calls after 4:00 p.m.)

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Please read carefully! 

Since I get so many telephone calls on this subject; NO, I do NOT work on TV's, nor video games.  More things I don't work on are in a red box, below.

My repair shop is very popular. I am well-known for quality and careful repair work.   I've had to restrict my working hours due to age (85); medical problems; and, need for an occasional life outside the repair shop.  The Covid situation, and shut-down of 'non-essential' business by the Governor, certainly did not help matters.....AND....between surgery in 2022; having a pacemaker installed February 1st, 2023, etc!... which took considerable time to heal, all of which slowed me down in getting repairs done.  I am presently  increasing my working hours!  ...and, ...increasing the weight I am allowed to carry or move about; but, there are limits!  ...at present rejecting work that is over about 40 pounds for a chassis, and somewhat higher for something like a musician's amplifier with speaker and case.  ASK if your item is quite heavy.

Yes...I do soldering for folks, supply parts for wanna-be technicians, and do some general and also off-the wall electronics repairs.   Primarily I work on old stereos, radios, and musician's electronics.

I'm presently working on items placed on the WaitList at the end of January 2023.  Presently ~ 4 months behind on the WaitList, the goal is to be on weekly turn-around, by late Summer.

The repair shop is smaller than when I did electronics repairs at So. Lake Tahoe for 48 years.  The 'new' shop in Carson City has limited storage space for incoming & outgoing items ...that is why  I use a "WaitList" for incoming items.  Please write down your WaitList number, and perhaps attach it to a tag on your item ...because I will ask for it if you telephone or send me an E-mail about your WaitList position.   It's OK to phone to inquire about the Wait List 8:30am to 4pm; and, of course, you can send me an E-mail at any time.  info@fleischerelectronicsservice.com

As I get down to your name on the WaitList, I will telephone you to set a time and date to bring your item(s). If no answer, or you don't have an answering machine, I will use E-mail if I have your E address.  I DO NOT sell, give out, spam, etc., anyone's E-address or phone numbers. 

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, so I cannot leave them a message.  Sometimes I hear  "voice mail box is full and can not take messages".  Whether OR NOT I can leave you a message, I WILL usually stop trying to reach you after a minimum of 3 tries at differing hours/days.  IF I CAN leave you a message, I may call you a second time as a reminder, if you have not called back.

After you are notified of your repair being completed, I appreciate you promptly picking up your item, due to our limited storage. There is a published DAILY charge for overly extended storage of completed items but I have not enforced this.  If things get much worse, I WILL.

THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN SO VERY PATIENT!


Fleischer Electronics Service is an old-fashioned service business, serving the greater Lake Tahoe to
Carson City, & Reno areas ...and far beyond ...since 1973.  I moved the repair shop from South Lake Tahoe to
Carson City in November 2019.  I work on modern & vintage items: radios, HiFi, stereos, phonographs & turntables,
musicians electronics, and general electronics.  I work on both vacuum tube & transistorized items, both analog and digital.  NO TV's!


I stock an exceptionally large amount of very old, old, and newer common parts; and, branded parts.  
 

NO work on:
TV's, games, computers, smart phones, walkie-talkies, office machines, car radios made after ~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. NO home or business service calls at this time, and maybe never again.

No work on horizontal radio consoles due to lack of space.  I occasionally take-on a vertical radio console, with or without phonograph.  Big & heavy reel-to-reel tape recorders are a 'maybe'.

Effective May 1, 2023, I will no longer work on powered speakers; unless already accepted on the WaitList before that date
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NO work on:  certain Bugera products. Peavey's Eddie Van Halen amplifiers 5150 (any version, NO exceptions).  Krell products. No work on certain B & O products, such as their linear tracking turntables, ...but we do still work on the early B & O turntables with the speed-select touch-sensitive buttons that light-up.  Bose CD players. High end CD players by McIntosh and Marantz.  I do work on most other CD players.

I WILL NOT do 'warranty paperwork' for you.

I DO NOT accept incoming-shipped items and I DO NOT do "return shipping".   On rare occasions, I may do both, but ONLY by prior arrangement.  DO NOT ship repairs to me without prior-arrangement!

We accept cash.  In our 48+ years at So. Lake Tahoe, and 3+ now in Carson City, we've never had cash bounce.   WE DO NOT accept credit or debit cards, and are not too happy about accepting checks.

SORRY, NO restroom is available.

 


WARNING….your old or antique radio or HiFi/stereo, ETC,  contains "electrolytic capacitors", which may be damaged, if you plug the item in and turn it on, if it has been sitting, UNpowered, for a long time (many months to years). 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 period of a day or so, slowly increasing the voltage; or, if no Variac, you know and understand using progressive wattage incandescent light bulbs in the AC power circuit, in conjunction with an AC voltmeter, while powering it up.  Either  method can very often 'reform' the $$$ capacitors and save you a lot of $. Most of the quite big versions of these capacitors are expensive and/or original types no longer available.  Wrong initial powering-up can also cause capacitor bursting, and may spray a corrosive substance.  Quite a few types of BRAND NEW electrolytic capacitors, in the needed high voltage ratings, are now being manufactured, on the original machines, in the original aluminum 'cans'.   This is quite helpful to technicians like myself, who repair old items.  Axial 3 and 4 leads/sections types are also becoming more available.   Large capacity low voltage electrolytics as used in power supplies of transistorized (Solid State) amplifiers, etc., are much less affected, but some, not nearly enough, are being newly made. 
  TAKE MY ADVICE!


 

You must have a specific day and time appointment to be here!  Phone: 1-(775) 461-3530
>>> Show up without an appointment and I can be UNpleasant!  <<<


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)

Arriving:
I may see you arriving if you use Gambrel Dr, and I am in my office....but I suggest you call 1-(775) 461-3530 to let me know that you are
here as the shop garage door is typically closed, ESPECIALLY SO IN WINTER, OR ANY WINDY DAYS.  If you can not phone, you may
knock loudly onto the shop garage door.  NOTE that if I am in the garage-shop, I MAY NOT hear the ringing of the front door bell.

Some maps and GPS's are WRONG about finding my address!    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, immediately turn RIGHT onto Bandtail Drive.  You could also use Gambrel or Partridge, see the map below.
 


Parking areas

(1) The most convenient place to park: on my driveway.
(2) Or, at the parking area on the left side of Teal Dr.  at the curve (at the postal boxes area);
(3) Or, at the parking area just barely past Gambrel Dr, on the left side of Teal Dr, just a few feet from my house/garage.

If I do not see your arrival and open the garage door within one minute, then phone me at 1-(775) 461-3530


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
more test equipment now, such as more analyzers, oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators,
etc. BUT, two fewer workbenches.  We sold-off a few pieces of test gear we no longer have use for.
I also sold my Leblond Regal lathe and tooling, and my Mill....just no room here.

Below are photos of the new Carson City shop

   

Inside the shop branded parts storage............and..........the outside storage building for mostly generic common parts:

  


A professional 4 track recorder...we've done quite a few. Many repair shops won't work on them after 'trying' to fix one.  
We've also worked on MANY open reel recorders (we've had to stop working on a few of the very heaviest types).


For decades we did in & out of warranty service for Fender and many other brands.  Warranty work is time-consuming; and, with paperwork, handling, & any receiving-shipping, it was always a PIA, so warranty work was often a money loser. Doing it now would cause price increases, so I do not.  There are special instances of where I will do warranty work for some companies.  Fender is not one of those.

Of course, I guarantee my work for you!

I do not accept packages shipped to me, unless by prior arrangement. 

I prefer to meet and chat with my customers. 

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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!

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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 items you have brought to me, if I think you will have continuing problems in the future due to such as extreme aging or other reasons such as if I think a repair is not worth the cost. 

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 of vacuum tubes.  For NOS tubes (new old stock) there can still be reliability problems. You are unlikely to find out about how serious these things can be from other servicers. 

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. 

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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 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 ...mostly I do this in hopes that they will want to purchase my business; or, at least get started in a business that has been good to me for many decades, and which needs younger blood.

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, in my shop.  I have other such things.


https://fleischerelectronicsservice.com/businessforsale.htm
Very few knowledgeable/qualified technicians now work on older (or newer!) audio equipment, and I am constantly swamped with work, with an overly long backlog (Wait List).  I'm over 85 y.o., and it's long past time that I 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.  I've reduced the price, so you will only need someplace 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 and parts, workbenches, machinery, etc., that you actually take.    Contact me if you, or someone you know, is interested in purchasing the business assets such as test equipment, parts, customer files, etc.  Some or even considerable training, if needed, can be included.  Here's more:
https://fleischerelectronicsservice.com/businessforsale.htm


CHECK OUT THIS SCHEMATIC!


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, such as with the School of Rock (sort of defunct now), and is still trying to start a ukulele group, although she sometimes goes to South Lake Tahoe and plays with the large Ukulelians group which meets in the big room at the American Legion. 

We both have had our #1, #2, #3 and #4 Covid vaccinations, and I will get my 5th soon.  As I undate this in June 2023, Penny is volunteering at the Carson Tahoe Hospital, in the ER (Penny has a past that included being a RN in the Navy, and for schools).

We may re-join 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 like Ballroom Dancing, concerts, travel, events. I don't often manage to do many of these things, due to my health.

I've had a long life, many experiences, have a great wife; and, a few 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 probably will continue with our present volunteering, however. ...probably rejoin Muscle Powered, the bicycling group that 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. Early-on I was employed as an electronics technician, and later as an electronics engineer.  Upon receiving my MSEE, & prior to moving to Lake Tahoe, I was the Chief Engineer of Linear Corp.  Having reached the position I always dreamed of, after a few years I left Los Angeles to enjoy outdoors life more.  At Lake Tahoe 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 and 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 and nearly caused me to have to hire a receptionist/greeter/secretary.  That 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 medical bills.   I'm NOT interested in working full time.  The business has been for sale, but the only 'listing' is in this 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, etc.  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, way-overly-wordy antique of a website?   ME

Grumpy?   Seldom; unless you show up without an appointment!...or phone after hours (I close promptly at 4PM)...amazing how many DIScourteous people call me while I'm cooking, and at dinnertime.  If I've had a bad day, ...well...you can guess!

Pricing & Policies:
Prices are kept low by not paying rent & utilities for an on-highway building; not having a receptionist; not having additional technicians....and using a WaitList.   Shop parts & labor policies/rates are detailed here: pricing.   There is a lot of detailed information on that page, for repair categories, etc!

Licensed: State, City; FCC;  etc.


Served in the Military?
Yes, for a very long time. Semper Fi! 
Yes, I had three careers going on at the same time!
If interested, you can ask me about such things.


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.   I worked for two Agencies of the Government.
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 too, due to health problems and no room to have even one.  I very rarely fly airplanes now.  It's too expensive.


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 I've been a year-round resident of Carson City, and am enjoying the area.

 

Lastly, just to see if anyone will be reading it...yes, perverse:
I may ask if you plan to sell the item you are bringing to me for repairs, or even just a checkout.   I may ask other questions on your usage of the item.     I usually/typically tell you what I found when checking out your item.  It may be quite detailed.   I may suggest you do NOT repair the item (yes, that happens).  I may decline to work on your item, for a variety of reasons.  I may make suggestions to to you based on your proposed usage of the item.    I will NOT try to sell you services, parts, etc., that I think are a waste of your $$, considering your usage or plan to sell.  I generally do NOT gloss over things.    If your item is aging quite badly, I will make recommendations, taking aging into account.   If there is someone who can repair or look at your item much sooner than I can, I may well tell you to take the item to him/her, or, their repair center.
If you, after reading this entire verbose article, think that I have a particularly old-fashioned set of morals and way of doing business, you ARE correct. 

Last check/edit: Wednesday, June 07, 2023