Originally Posted by denvertrakker
The CLD-D99 is an excellent machine, rather scarce compared to its blackface counterpart, and well worth servicing. In the US, there are experts on either coast who can whip your player into shape. If you're not in the US, well...maybe not so much. I'm sure the service manual is available online somewhere, but Pioneer's manuals assume you're a technician who knows what he's doing.
It certainly is an amazing machine. I never dreamed I would find one for sale here, let alone only and a half hours from my house! Like the other models made for Asia, the CLD-D99 was sold here in Australia (Pioneer basically sold the Asian market versions here, Euro PAL/NTSC models were rare) and I remember seeing it in the big A/V specialty shops in Sydney and around where I lived and drooled over how gorgeous it was. Having started looking for a new player on eBay for the past 3 weeks or so, I was sure that if by some miracle I found one, it would be in Sydney or Melbourne. I am now living on the Gold Coast in Queensland and couldn't be sure this backwards place ever even sold Laserdiscs
It seems I was wrong though because I did ring Pioneer and asked if they could advise me as to a service centre that still deals with LD players and thankfully the one they pointed me to said yes they can service it and they still most parts available. Problem is, it is $140 just to look at and diagnose the problem and then if it needs more than a service (which I do not think it does), they will then quote me a price to fix it. It only cost me $300 in the first place!
As you said, I would be fine if I was in the US especially with Kurtis Bahr but I am in Australia. But, I will not get a better machine than the D99 until I get back to Japan and try and buy a LD-S9 or R7G so it is my baby for now. I thought on the way home from picking it up that I would love to have someone like Kurtis give it a good service and get running in peak condition so it lasted as long as possible. I can only hope the service centre I am taking it to can do almost as good a job as he can.
Originally Posted by Kurtis Bahr
Sometimes when you take players apart the chassis is torqued a little off when you re-assemble. Try playing it with the top off or see if torquing the chassis manually helps. If the spindle motor is starting to wear out it can cause vibration.
Thank you Kurtis. I did try that yesterday actually but was afraid to do it too much in case I made the problem worse or damaged the laser or something. It did seem to make a little bit of a difference though. One disc that had major problems, "Wolf Guy Vol.1", was only playing to around the 240000th frame before the skipping and super speed started. After playing with the chassis, it played further along before the trouble started and stopped before the end of the disc where the credits and next ep preview are. The problem seemed much more severe when I turned the disc over and played it as side B. The laser had such a hard time tracking that it gave up near the end of the disc when I tried to skip to the last chapter or the second last chapter.
I put in 2 other CAV discs today and they played perfectly so I got a little excited thinking that it worked itself back into place (yea right, I know!) but putting Wolf Guy in again produced the same result although, again it seemed to happen further into the disc and was fine at the end with the credits etc. I am hoping the spindle motor is OK because it was so quiet before I cleaned it. Could I have damaged it in some way? I was very careful cleaning it by following your instructions. I also thought that maybe I damaged the spring in the clamp when I cleaned it because it does sound a little off when I slowly turn the clamp around. It's hard to describe the sound though other than an "off" springy sound. Could the wobbly disc startup be caused by a worn spindle motor? Or could it be the clamp spring?
Thank you for your help!