Pioneer CLD-D501 LD player produces no audio/video output

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I've owned this player for around11 years, and last year I had to work on it
(third time for jam-up's when changing sides.)

This involved taking the topsection off, disconnecting the ribbon to the
laser transport, resetting the transport to the bottom position, cleaning
the laser assembly (since it's open), & reassembling.

Unfortunately, when I got it all back together, the display shows that it is
playing (laser discs & audio CD's), but there is no sound or video coming
out.

Does this sound like I might have damaged the ribbon? I have been squeamish
about getting it fixed, thinking it might be more money than it's worth.
I've got approximately 200 LD's, and would like to get it going just to
transfer to DVD (Hope this isn't tantamount to swearing in this newsgroup).
I mean, if a DVD player breaks, you just toss it and buy a new one for
practically nothing. My cheapest one cost me $35.00, and it plays
burnt -R's, -RW's, mini-DVD's, store bought DVD's, SVCD's, VCD's.

Has anyone who owns a player with a similar mechanism had this problem, and
has an idea on what is wrong, and a ball park range of how much it could
cost? I realize there would be a broad range depending on what the actual
damage was. I used to work in electronics, on video games and pinball
machines and jukes from 45 players to CD players, but nothing like this. I
feel that the laser assembly is working, due to the display indicating that
it is tracking. I am hoping that it is just a ribbon problem, and that the
replacement cost is low enough to make it a worthwhile gamble.

Really, what I'm asking is what do repairs usually run? If I sent it out, I
would ask that they replace the ribbon & the ribbon tension assembly since
that is the root of all my problems. I spent $110.00 plus $23.00 shipping
to have my LUX receiver repaired, and when I got it back, the amp was still
bad (the very reason I sent it in), so I called them and told them it still
didn't work. They sent a UPS man to pick it up the next week, everything
seemed OK since they were so polite, and when I got it back, the only thing
they did was to replace a relay inside; the amp still didn't work. Our
compromise was for them to send me the schematics for it so I could bypass
the amp, but they were such poor copies that I couldn't do anything with
them and almost everything in the package had to do with tuner alignment.
(I currently use the unit, for analog music, and output the line out of the
tape deck jacks to my home theater system.. I get no use of the filters and
volume control/tone control's.)

Don't hold it against me for not praising Alpine/Lux for their service.
They were well aware that the unit was not repaired due to the 3 phone calls
I made. I now own much better equipment, i.e. Marantz AV-500 ProLogic
surround processor (stand alone decoder), JBL 803's (real theater speakers),
and JBL/URIE amplifiers (bullet proof) stacked (700 watts total).

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated regarding this mechanism and it's
problems.

Thanks,

Doug
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    DW wrote:
    > Really, what I'm asking is what do repairs usually run?

    It's sad to say it, but the player is probably not worth the price of
    fixing it. I would look for a D704, 79, or 99 (all are the same
    Pioneer transport). Kurtis had a D704 go for $250 recently on eBay --
    he guarantees his units to not be DOA. Perhaps, Duncan has a unit to
    sell, as well.

    I would steer clear of the eBay garbage pile, UNLESS it is a seller
    that lives close to you -- at least with a local seller, you could then
    test out the unit before buying it -- or a seller with an oustanding
    reputation at selling LD players!

    HTH,

    -Junior
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    Thanks Junior,

    I'll first see if trimming the ribbon ends clears it up, make sure
    everything is connected securely, and try it out again before checking it
    into a competent local repair shop. If it's too expensive, you may fine my
    catalogue for sale. If so, I'll post a list if anyone would like to check
    it out.

    Doug

    "unclejr" <watsona@kenyon.edu> wrote in message
    news:1117923619.785089.13130@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > DW wrote:
    > > Really, what I'm asking is what do repairs usually run?
    >
    > It's sad to say it, but the player is probably not worth the price of
    > fixing it. I would look for a D704, 79, or 99 (all are the same
    > Pioneer transport). Kurtis had a D704 go for $250 recently on eBay --
    > he guarantees his units to not be DOA. Perhaps, Duncan has a unit to
    > sell, as well.
    >
    > I would steer clear of the eBay garbage pile, UNLESS it is a seller
    > that lives close to you -- at least with a local seller, you could then
    > test out the unit before buying it -- or a seller with an oustanding
    > reputation at selling LD players!
    >
    > HTH,
    >
    > -Junior
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.video.laserdisc (More info?)

    If the LD spins then you are getting the signal through the ribbon cable.
    It needs the servo and RF signal to even spin up. You have something else
    going on. IT should be a simple common problem. Check all the internal
    cable to verify they are completely plugged in. Sounds more like a power
    problem to the outputs

    Not sure what Duncan has but I have the following units for sale:

    CLD-D504 - $100 + shipping, has scratches on the outside
    LD-S2 with an AC-3 RF added - $600 + Shipping
    Will have the following ready in about a week, waiting on new pickups.
    Mitsu 7057 (CLD-D704 Clone) $250 + shipping
    DVL-700 - $200 + shipping

    Kurtis

    "DW" <douglas.weber@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hAsoe.1098$nk4.78@trndny01...
    > Thanks Junior,
    >
    > I'll first see if trimming the ribbon ends clears it up, make sure
    > everything is connected securely, and try it out again before checking it
    > into a competent local repair shop. If it's too expensive, you may fine
    > my
    > catalogue for sale. If so, I'll post a list if anyone would like to check
    > it out.
    >
    > Doug
    >
    > "unclejr" <watsona@kenyon.edu> wrote in message
    > news:1117923619.785089.13130@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    >> DW wrote:
    >> > Really, what I'm asking is what do repairs usually run?
    >>
    >> It's sad to say it, but the player is probably not worth the price of
    >> fixing it. I would look for a D704, 79, or 99 (all are the same
    >> Pioneer transport). Kurtis had a D704 go for $250 recently on eBay --
    >> he guarantees his units to not be DOA. Perhaps, Duncan has a unit to
    >> sell, as well.
    >>
    >> I would steer clear of the eBay garbage pile, UNLESS it is a seller
    >> that lives close to you -- at least with a local seller, you could then
    >> test out the unit before buying it -- or a seller with an oustanding
    >> reputation at selling LD players!
    >>
    >> HTH,
    >>
    >> -Junior
    >>
    >
    >
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