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Thank you for your interest in the Sony XDR-F1HD. And thanks to K6STI, K6JRF, and many others for sharing what they know about the XDR. I've tried to add something useful to the pool of XDR-F1HD knowledge and to extend the tuner’s service life for owners.
I've upgraded, modified, and repaired somewhere around 600 Sony XDR-F1HD tuners since 2013. I'm proud of my work and I stand behind every Level 1 or Level 2 modified tuner with a 60 or 120 day "Fix It or Replace It" warranty: If something isn't right, tell me and I'll make it right. Your satisfaction is important to me.
Whether you're purchasing a modified tuner from me, or having me install upgrades to your own tuner, payment is via an emailed secure PayPal business invoice (not Friends & Family). For upgrades to your tuner, you aren't billed until the work is completed and photos have been provided. You don't need a PayPal account to pay a PayPal business invoice - a credit or debit card works.
Please note that I am not Best Buy or Amazon. If you're thinking about buying a tuner from me just out of curiosity about HD Radio, maybe first try something like a Sangean HDT-20 from Amazon. If it turns out that you don't like the Sangean, you can return it.
And please ask questions if you're not sure about anything described on my website!
7/18/21 "The Wait List"
A few months ago I started a "wait list" for XDR owners interested in upgrades. This hasn’t worked out very well. Some of the owners who wanted to be put on the list don’t respond when I let them know I’m ready for them. Some owners take weeks to ship their tuners but don’t tell me there will be a delay. So it’s kind of hard to do any scheduling.
If you're currently confirmed on the wait list: You're still there, unless you didn’t reply when I contacted you. In that case I’ve moved on to the next owner. For everyone else, honestly I don't know when I'll get to you, but you are still on the list. When I’m ready for you, I’ll email you. If I don’t receive a prompt reply, I’ll assume you’ve changed your mind and move on to the next person. If I let you know I’m ready and you do want to ship your tuner, please send it as as promptly as you can. I really appreciate it.
Thanks for understanding.
In addition to working on XDRs, during the pandemic I've helped keep a weekly two-hour radio show "Vinyl Revival" on the air on community radio station KRVM (the only HD station we have here). Because the studio is owned by the school district and is physically attached to a high school, they make the rules regarding studio access. Volunteer DJs haven't been able to go to the studio to do their shows live for over a year.
Vinyl Revival is 2 hours of vinyl records, normally done live. After the shutdown, the host set up a makeshift home studio where he can make the raw recordings (with only one turntable), add some voice tracking, and then put everything on a cloud drive. I download the raw files, smooth out all the rough edges and piece everything together so it's airworthy. It takes many hours. But together we've kept the show on the air. Check it out Mondays at 5PM Pacific. KRVM.org/listen And support local community radio!
UPDATE: Vinyl Revival is finally being done live in the studio again as of 6/7/21. Give it a listen! (In fact I'm making a studio house call this afternoon 6/14 to do a tune-up on the turntables.) Many other KRVM specialty shows are back to live-in-studio again too.
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You may have heard about a "global chip shortage" in the news. As of today 6/14/21 I'm stocked with enough parts to do only four more tuners. It's time to reorders parts again and I'm having the same trouble locating certain parts as I did two months ago. Half of them are still out of stock, some with a lead time up to 52 weeks. Anyway, if this issue gets worse, it may interrupt my workflow.