A L B A N Y V I D E O S E R V I C E
Albany Video Service offers consumer electronic repair with reasonable prices, since 1994
We feature repairs on some new, mostly older generation consumer electronics as well as installation
FutureSounds[at]hotmail[dot]com or 510-524-4447
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do we repair Blu-ray or DVD players? Most disc media players are less than seventy-five dollars with all of the features one would dream of in a player. Repairs on Disc players are only economical a small fraction of the time. Perhaps now would be a great time to upgrade to device that "streams" video from Amazon or Netflix
What type of televisions do we repair? Our repertoire is relatively limited and repair display devices that we are confident we can repair through internet research, etc. I often say I will only "enter the arena if I am sure I can win the battle". We are selective about which model / malfunctions we engage with (which will save me time and you money). Contact us for details.
Do you repair damaged video cassette or audio tapes? We are capable of repairing physical breaks and other minor damage to magnetic tape, however mold damage or wrinkles that require the tape to be repaired "inch-by-inch" is not our bag. Tape with decayed/poor quality or otherwise damage of an extreme nature can only be addressed by "forensic data recovery" specialists. Most of them only do hard-drive data recovery and can be extremely expensive.
Do we repair blue-tooth speakers / mobile devices / Mp3 players / tablets / video game consoles or video - photography equipment? No and we recommend a "factory authorized" or "factory certified' repair facility.
Audio equipment? For the most part yes. As a general rule, we avoid, and do not recommend repairs on most items manufactured in the 1970s or 1980s. We do not do turntables, reel-to-reel units, tube amplifiers, or "High End" audio. These units are best serviced by The Sound Well in Berkeley. We can perform limited repairs on cassette decks and Compact Disc players and would recommend that you call us for more information.
How long is the warranty on your repairs? We are confident in our work and offer a SIX MONTH warranty on repairs (naturally some exclusions may apply).
How about other types of equipment and services? We charge $120.00 per hour for repair time. So some devices are simply not worth the investment. We definitely avoid the items listed below. But for a small fee, we may be willing to consider out of the ordinary jobs on an individual basis.
Various Contacts - What we do not repair, and who we recommend:
Vacuum cleaner experts: Berkeley Vacuum Center in Berkeley. 510-540-6248
Electronic parts and accessories: Al Lashers Electronics in Berkley. 510-843-5915
Audio equipment (that we can not handle): The Sound Well in Berkeley. 510-549-2126
Electronic recycling: ewasteCollective in Berkeley. 510-528-4052
Computers: DJ computers 510-527-7696 and Payless Computer 510-527-4905, both in Albany
Higher-end Sales and installation: Music Lovers Audio in Berkeley. 510-558-1000
Video duplication and reformatting: AV Consultants in Oakland. 510-839-2020
East Bay Area consumer electronic retailers include: Best Buy; Sears; Target; Video Only and Wal-Mart
When in doubt, see who the factory recommends for the repair of their products; locate a "factory authorized" or "factory certified' repair facility whenever possible.
(Our previous home in Albany, California - USA)
Version 8.4 / 10.2017