Updated February 2021 - YES! I am still in biz!

Packing Tips

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    Manhattan Sound Technicians, Inc.
    458 Emerson Avenue West
    West St Paul, MN 55118

    We accept checks (in advance), Money Orders (anytime) and Credit Cards (via PayPal).

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    Primary Service: Digital Tape Machine Repair
    Authorized service for: Fostex, Tascam (DAT & DTRS) and Alesis adat digital tape machines.
    Out of warranty repair of: Panasonic, Sony (DAT and PCM-800), plus Casio, Denon & Otari DATs.
    NOTE: The Tascam DA-P1 is the only portable I will service.
    Labor of Love: Vintage Transistor and Vacuum tube gear serviced by request.

    Service and Upgrades forDigital Audio Workstations 
    Click on the geek for a view of our facility

    The Renaissance Approach To Service

    MST takes a very old-world approach to high-tech repairs, emphasizing quality of service, not quantity.
    Yes, the prices are high, but problems within our warranty period are greeted with a smile, not an attitude.

    PLEASE NOTE: As of 2021, the minimum charge for any digital tape machine is $450 plus parts and shipping.

    Tape Machines
    Urgency / Turnaround
    Typical Service Charges
    Including Head Change
    assume head cost is
    between $325 & $475
    DAT, adat
    DA-38 / 78 / 98
    Standard / Three Weeks
    $450 minimum
    DAT, adat
    DA-38 / 78 / 98
    Rush / Two Week
    $650 minimum
    DAT, adat
    DA-38 / 78 / 98
    Emergency /  Same Week
    $750 minimum
    Service charges are for LABOR ONLY. Please see exceptions below.


BEFORE PACKING: Attach a detailed account of the machine's problems before wrapping in swaddling clothes.

DO NOT ASSUME that a phone conversation describing the patient's ailments will be embedded in my memory.


INNER BOX: Wrap tape machines in plastic and if space permits, BUBBLE WRAP.

DO NOT COVER a naked machine with packing peanuts, they are a pain in the ass to clean up!!!

SHIPPING: Use original packing materials, but also attempt to double-box for added protection.

DO NOT SHIP: Power cables, machine control cables, digital data cables or terminators unless they are suspect.

If you can double-box, 6-inches of PACKING PEANUTS are best used between the inner box and the outer box.

TIME SENSITIVE?  If Express Service is requested and you are willing to pay for it, Please write the return shipment date on the outside of the boxI do not have X-RAY vision nor is it possible to remember the agreed upon temrs & conditions for each arriving package.

Thank You for reading and implementing the Packing Tips!

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