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Older model Sony Walkman

I have an older model Sony Walkman, metal caseing and leatherette (read naugahide) travel case. It was a gift and in addition to being fond of it, it has sentimental value. It has good sound and has worked for years. I had it repaired once in another city, but now live in a very remote area of Oregon and such facilities are no longer immedietly available. The other day it suddenly quit working and I suspected that a drive belt had snapped. I opended the case to a mass of soldered connections, and yes, a snapped belt. Thinking it was just an "O" ring, checked with a parts man at our local garage and he noted that it was not an "O" ring in that it was a squared off rubber belt. So, my question, finally, is where could one find a place that could repair my cassette player? Plus, would anyone still have parts for a Walkman this old. This had to be one of the first models on the market, but can not find a model number anywhere on the machine. Has a Serial No.93816, that's all. I have several other players, including one quite adaquate one that cost $4.99, but as I mentioned, this one is special. So, is it repairable and at a reasonable price? If so, where? Being a senior on a fixed income, unfortuatly, this is a consideration. Any response will be welcome. ~B~

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Try going to servicemagic.com for a repairman near you

Posted on Jul 17, 2007

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