Why do you have FAQs?!

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If I answer everyone individually, often the same questions over and over, I'd never get any work done folks! There are questions I've probably answered hundreds of times now. By turning the questions I'm most commonly asked into FAQs, they can benefit everyone, and save me from repeating myself.

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Do cables make a difference?

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They absolutely do, but not always in the way people imagine. Let's just get this out of the way: good cables always improve system performance vs crappy ones. That being said, there is more snake oil and pseudoscience in cables than just about anything else and hi-fi is already filled…

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I’d like new speaker terminals, RCA connectors and IEC mains connector – what are your thoughts?

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You might be surprised to learn that in many cases I discourage this. I'm interested in keeping equipment original, which retains value. I want to give you the best bang for your buck and save you money where I can. There are others out there who will drain your wallet…

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What are your thoughts on buying equipment in poor condition?

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Generally speaking, I suggest you avoid it. There is no escaping the fact that equipment in poor condition tends to be less reliable than similar gear in good condition. I've worked on plenty of rough pieces and warned owners about them. If you are thinking you've snagged a bargain because…

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I’d like to get my dual cassette deck serviced or repaired – is it worth it?

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That depends if it needs service or repair. In the case of repair, sadly, it's often not worth it. You see, dual or double cassette machines were some of the cheapest cassette machines of their time. Now, consider that cassette deck maintenance can be some of the most intensive and…

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