My 2265B was in sad shape. The cosmetics were OK, but the guts were a mess. It had been sitting in a hot attic for more than 20 years in its original box. Upon plugging it in, I found a hum on every setting, volume or not. Reception wasn't too good either. I asked AK member CATRAFTER if he thought he might be able to look at it for me. What I received back was nothing less than a miracle! It picks up stations I never
knew existed. I am so grateful for his extreme efforts to make this the finest receiver I ever owned and a dream come true. After all this he even included a performance report, a parts list, and tips how to care for it. When I opened the box and connected it up to listen, I actually felt like it was 1976 and I was 25 years old again. How can you put a price on that?
Thanks, CATRAFTER! Thanks and Take Care, Rick
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Big thanks goes out
to... Catrafter..After many years in storage, my Marantz 2330B is back
in all its glory at or above spec thanks to catrafter (Tom) it truly looks
and sounds beautiful
If any of you are in need of assistance, I highly recommend Tom. Very experienced and loves Marantz .. thanks again Tom
Bluesdog Awesome Marantz 1200! It sounds beautiful and
you've transformed the dog's lunch inside to a work of electronic
art. Anyway, it hasn't been turned off since. Absolutely great job,
Tom I couldn't be more pleased, it sounds better than when I got it and
that was good enough for me to pack it around through many moves, hoping
to get it cured one day. Thank you for a taste of real craftsmanship, rare
Aardvarq Hi Tom, Finally
hooked up the 4300! Oooooohhhhhh . . . so sweet! Works
beautifully, sounds -- well, utterly awesome!
Thank you again for all your hard work, help, and the repairs!
Andre Marantz 2285B In my last
email I said I was "very pleased", but that was a major understatement.
I'm ecstatic with it! It sounds and looks amazing. The power supply filter
caps look even better in person!! Excellent
Polarbear Marantz resto complete
It didn't take long to turn up a person qualified to do the restoration. Another member pointed me to Catrafter. Since he is relatively close to me geographically and has a good rep on here I took the plunge and sent my gear off to him.
I got my previously tired gear back yesterday. Catrafter did what he promised - restored everything to meet or exceed original specs and cleaned up the gear cosmetically, very nicely. His communication before, during, and after the restoration was excellent. The well organized before and after spec sheets are a wonderful idea. Very meticulous work.
My preamp and amp were packed so well for the return trip home they looked like they might of survived if the Fedex plane fell out of the sky.
2much2soon Restored Marantz 2265! Switchblade My 2230 Arrived in perfect condition, and it looks -- and
I just had time for about 30 minutes of listening last night and again
this morning; I'm pleased and very impressed by your work.
Rootpusher Marantz 2275 The unit looks and sounds sensational.
Clean, crisp power! It looks brand new!
From blues to jazz to internet radio, the sound and separation are superb. I did not need to turn the volume control much past 10 o'clock. That is a noticeable difference, since before restoration, I could turn to 12 o'clock before loudness became irritating.
JG Thanks, Tom! Polarbear Hi Tom, EM Hello Tom
I've been running it 24/7 over the last week and today I did some more critical
listening. Since the excellent out-of-the-box performance I wrote to you about, the
bass tone has become more rounded and prominent, and the highs have softened just a tad;
the sound is wonderfully full with good soundstaging besides (three martinis?). I don't
think I can blame my ears for the developments, so am instead deciding that this can be
attributed to some break-in...it's glorious.
JO Thanks Tom 'Cisco Hi Tom,
It was a pleasure dealing with a professional like you, many thanks and if you ever need any references I'll be happy to give them.
RM Hi Tom, ZS 2285B !! .... The Power & The Glory Courtesy of
Absolutely Stunning !!! inside and out . Mega Thanks Tom .... You da Bomb !!!
AudioPuppet Quad was dead! Switchblade Tom, JB Tom, FM Tom, Mike
S. Tom, BR Tom,
I ran through the FM dial with a really cheap antenna and it works great [there are no decent am stations in range]. Then I put on a cd that is a mix of my favorites that I have listened AT many times before and WOW. I say listened "AT" because I'm now hearing subtleties in the music and even instruments that I just wasn't hearing. I know that all stereo gear degenerates over time but I guess I really never knew just how much. I have the same cd and cd player, the same speakers - entirely the same setup - it just sounds so much better. I am literally sitting here with chill bumps listening to that GREAT MARANTZ SOUND AGAIN!
OH YEAH - IT LOOKS GREAT TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rusty Tom: Ron Hi Tom Taylor Hi Tom The 2270 arrived today! I already have it hooked
up and I am listening to it as I write this. The sound is fantastic and
has retained the Marantz warmth that I love. It looks like it is brand
new, I was really surprised with how great it looks once powered up. I
can't say thank you enough for doing such a great job on my prized
receiver. You are a true craftsman!!! Hi Tom My
Marantz 2500 is absolutely beautiful and the sound is impeccable after
your ground up restoration. Your attention to detail is second to
none. I love your work ethic and suggestions. I was also extremely
pleased with the photos and e-mails you sent as the work progressed, it
let me know you were taking care of it, work was progressing, and my
anticipation increased with each e-mail!!! I would HIGHLY suggest
your work to EVERYONE with a vintage receiver. As I told you I first saw
this receiver in a CMC store in 1978 (I was in 8th grade) I had
a paper route at the time and the manager offered to work with me on a
layaway but $1200 seemed like $6000 when I was making 4 cents per paper,
but I swore one day I would have one. It took until I was 46 (2009)
to actually afford it. Then about a year after buying it on Ebay I turned
it on one day to see nothing but lights and the fan. It sat for nearly two
years because I couldn’t allow just anyone to work on it. I did a lot of
research and your name kept coming up again and again. I am glad I waited.
You returned it to me like a mighty Phoenix rising from the flames with so
much power it boggles the mind. And being a child of the 70’s, and running
it through a pair of Bose 901 Series Vs I like it just a little loud ;-) Everything from
Classic Rock to Mozart. Now at 50 my friends are starting to sound like my
mother so many years ago: “Can you turn that down a
little?”…………….BAHAHA!!!!! I think my neighbors would probably like
to get your contact information but would use the info for evil and not
good….LOL Don’t worry they’ll never get it from me!!
However anyone that ever mentions needing electronic work done I will hand
them one of the cards I keep in my wallet upon which I’ve printed your
info. Your attention to detail, keeping the customer informed from
beginning to end of the restoration and afterward as well, and just good
old common sense are rare traits indeed in the world today, you possess
the same respect and admiration the owners do and it is evident in the
work you do. I honestly believe you were as excited as I was to get
it done. I turn it on at least once a day with few exceptions and
think of your diligence each and every time. I look forward to my daughter getting
it someday and know that she will in turn pass it to her child. Perhaps one
day a great, great grandchild will say “ Wow great grandpa must have been
a really cool dude”. You made this possibility viable and I can’t thank you
enough. Not to mention I get to enjoy that Warm, Enveloping, All Encompassing sound
for the rest of my life!
My 2265B was in sad shape. The cosmetics were OK, but the guts were a mess. It had been sitting in a hot attic for more than 20 years in its original box. Upon plugging it in, I found a hum on every setting, volume or not. Reception wasn't too good either. I asked AK member CATRAFTER if he thought he might be able to look at it for me. What I received back was nothing less than a miracle! It picks up stations I never knew existed. I am so grateful for his extreme efforts to make this the finest receiver I ever owned and a dream come true. After all this he even included a performance report, a parts list, and tips how to care for it. When I opened the box and connected it up to listen, I actually felt like it was 1976 and I was 25 years old again. How can you put a price on that?
Thanks and Take Care,
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Vintage Electronics Restoration Home