View Full Version : I need to buy a new player....

03-27-2001, 04:39 AM
I bought a Pioneer Cld-3070 for $75 at a pawn shop and it has something wrong with the carriage return.
It makes the picture look pretty shitty and it is going to cost $400 to fix.

Anybody have a laserdisk player to sell?


03-27-2001, 04:54 PM
I've fixed my carriage 3 or 4 times.Get a screwdriver,take off the cover panel and check it out.The non-industrial players use cheap plastic gears which jam/go off track way too easy,the discs are so heavy it's bound to happen after awhile.Someday I'd like to get a pioneer elite industrial player with metal hardware,it just makes alot more sense.The repairman probably wants to replace the whole mechanism which in time will do the same damned thing anyway.

03-27-2001, 09:07 PM
Actually, they said that the problem was with the laser pickup, and apparently for that they have to replace the whole carriage return.
It's about $180 for parts and $200 for labor. :(
I'm looking around for other players in pawn shops and stuff, but so far the best I've seen is a 5 disk cd/laserdisk combo for $120.
It sounds nice, but it's only single side.

edit: fixed a stupid error Paff pointed out...

03-27-2001, 10:51 PM
I think you mean one-sided, not dual sided, correct? If so, you'd be wise to avoid it.
A quick 5-minute scope on E-bay found some rather good deals:

One's a Pioneer, the others are Mitsubishi and RCA, which are both Pioneer clones. Of course, I can't vouch for the sellers, but there are some good players if you look around.

03-27-2001, 11:44 PM
I mean a player that switches sides automatically...
Isn't that one of the things to look for?

Thanks again for your help, Paff.

Part of the problem is that I'm not sure what to look for in a player, and the only site I've seen that has a lot of info on different players is the laserdisk archive at http://members.nbci.com/ldarchive.

03-28-2001, 12:07 AM
Yeah....dual side means auto-flip, auto-side change, 2-sided play, whatever.

All the players I linked above are 2-side players. The best of those 3 is the Pioneer 703. That's a DAMN good player, and if it goes for less than $200, it's an absolute steal. Dave and I both have 704s, and the 703 is the exact same thing without AC-3 RF output (which can be added for an additional $75). I've compared non-anamorphic DVDs against the same movie on LD with my 704, and the difference is almost zero!

The Mitsubishi and RCA players I linked are clones of the Pioneer 500 line. Very good entry level players. If you can get those for less than $150, you're doing pretty good.

Good luck!

03-28-2001, 12:19 AM
I'll keep my eyes on these.
I actually bookmark these threads and refer to them pretty frequently, lately. :)

The thing that really pisses me off is I found the part that they said needs to be replaced for $80. http://home.earthlink.net/~epcs/pickup.htm

I can't believe labor on that thing would be $300.

I'm damn near tempted to buy it and see if I can install it myself.