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Old 11th May 2013, 06:03 AM   #561
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Thanks Ashok! Tried to grease the cd player laser
mechanism in a cheap way knowing that I will have to
replace the whole mechanism sooner or later. In fact,
getting the part from Marantz service centre in Mumbai
today. Otherwise, I had seen better (and expensive)
branded grease in elements14. But did not waste money...

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Old 11th May 2013, 03:30 PM   #562
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Silicon lubricating oil was available in a small plastic bottle several years ago. Must still be sold in some smaller shops. It's transparent and possibly useful on a CD mechanism and moving parts. Gears etc. seem to use a white coloured grease or molybdenum based dark grey grease.

Replacement CD Laser assemblies for Marantz and Philips machines are still available. The VAM 12.02 series I think. About Rs500/-. However a friend bought one recently and it doesn't work. The laser doesn't come on. But it could be a problem with the main board in the player as the older mechanism appeared to have the same problem.
I replaced the laser assembly in my CD-67SE ( about 3 years ago ) and it worked fine.
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Old 11th May 2013, 05:16 PM   #563
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This evening I received the Marantz laser mechanism. Before I replace the
older I played the player and the problem was there (two seconds pauses).
Then I put the new laser mechanism (I did remove the protective solder
blob), but it says `No disc'. Put back the older one and now `no disc'
although it was playing before I removed it. discussing the proble in another
thread for some help before I run to the service center.

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Old 12th May 2013, 02:25 AM   #564
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Replacement CD Laser assemblies for Marantz and Philips machines are still available. The VAM 12.02 series I think. About Rs500/-. However a friend bought one recently and it doesn't work. The laser doesn't come on.
The Rs.500/- laser assemblies are from Philips China, but that's generally OK. As Roushon noted, you have to remove the protective solder blob or the laser diode won't work. In my experience, there are more problems with the ribbon cable contacts than with the laser assembly on most Philips/Marantz players - they often need a small mylar shim to make reliable contact.
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Any help will be highly appreciated. In the following thread the problem is stated in more details.

CD-player: peculiar problem with the laser mechanism...


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Old 14th May 2013, 04:32 AM   #566
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This is to caution you regarding the Marantz Service
center in Mumbai, MZ Audio distribution, Bandra. The
laser assembly they sold me is horribly bad. One motor is
dead and the laser circuitry is also wrong. Most likely
some used product was sold to me. Now they want me to
take the cd player to them so that they can check
themselves. I am afraid to do that suspecting they will
play some dirty trick with the existing good parts in my
player. Just wasted a non-trivial amount of money... I feel
like kicking myself to take this decision to try NOT TO
IMPORT the part directly from Marantz USA.

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Old 14th May 2013, 05:44 AM   #567
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.... I am afraid to do that suspecting they will
play some dirty trick with the existing good parts in my
player. Just wasted a non-trivial amount of money... I feel
like kicking myself to take this decision to try NOT TO
IMPORT the part directly from Marantz USA...
Too bad
Even if you plan to give it to any 3rd party service centre in future, sign all critical parts / components with perm. marker as a precaution.
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Old 14th May 2013, 10:08 AM   #569
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Default MZ Audio Distributor of Marantz and other products is a CHEAT!

Friends! This is to put on record that MZ Audio Distribution of Marantz and other products in India is a CHEAT! The name of the technician who cheated me in cool mind is Mr. Akbar Shaikh. Sold me a highly used laser assembly taking the price of a new one....

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Too bad
Even if you plan to give it to any 3rd party service centre in future, sign all critical parts / components with perm. marker as a precaution.
Thanks for your concern. I do service my home electronics gadgets myself always and sometimes things zero down to the level of a single part when there is no choice but to replace. This is one such situation, I need a new laser head.

And such a well-established distributor MZ Audio of a premium product like Marantz has zero self-respect and did not think twice to send the overly used laser head and
said it is new.


One thing I have noticed in India. It does not matter how premium and how good a product or a service is, the moment it enters India it becomes `ordinary'. This is my country and they are my citizen brothers and still I had to write this, it pains a lot.

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