So I finally had time to make the long hour haul to bring my receiver to the "local" repair shop. Unfortunately for myself, since I purchased it online, at a retailer that wasn't exactly approved, I was not under the Pioneer Warranty. Naturally, I overlooked it as I do want my receiver in working order, and I did save a few bills by not buying retail, so it all evens out, hopefully. Subjective matters aside, it turns out that cold soldering (he called it resin or resonator) didn't actually work, and replacing the crystal may be rejected by the microprocessor, so it turns out that he's going to have to replace the entire motherboard for the mere cost of *cough* $330. He's claimed to have done this on 4 or 5 receivers of this type (fantastic model huh fellas), without any future problems so far, so I'm confident that it's a worthwhile investment.
I don't have the receiver back yet. The part comes in late November, early December, but that's worst case scenario, however, the things I've learned to pass my experience along is as follows:
Don't purchase expensive items online unless you are positive they are an approved retailer of that particular manufacturer.
Don't buy their warranty, regardless of how good it seems because it will most likely be out of business when you call upon it (Yes, this happened to me).
Don't buy from a manufacturer where you have to drive hours away to replace or repair the item on the off chance that it breaks.
Will keep you guys posted in case you're all still interested.