That said, your set can still be dialed in superbly. It will take a little longer now (actually a lot longer), but can be done. There are at least 5 great Hitachi threads in this section written by Hitachi owners for Hitachi owners, and even as a seasoned calibrator I have learned things from there that I now use in every Hitachi calibration.
Good luck, since you seem to be a loner - you evidently didn't do any research or talk with anyone in the know before you started, or you would have known to not hit the reset - and we'll be here to help. If you want it done superlatively well and don't have time for the inherently huge learning curves involved, I am available if you want to fly me in. I will actually be in San Diego first of the week to have some needed dental work done in Mexico. Not far from LA. Would love to get some work done while down there, to help pay for the trip.
One quick word of advice, known to anyone who has had the good fortune to improve their picture via the service mode: ALWAYS MARK/RECORD YOUR STARTING POINTS before changing anything in there. A good bread crumbs trail back to where you started is imperative, esp. if you are inexperienced. That means (BEFORE YOU START) writing down the starting point on any registers in there you intend to change, and marking where your lens barrels are before changing position on any, should you want to improve the focusing. And marking the trimpots on the focus block if you intend to change position on any of those. Be careful, they are highly, highly sensitive. Seems just breathing on them will make them change on you...
For helpful advice on doing your optical focusing, I recommend watching my YouTube video on how to get a high precision focusing job done via what I call The Cantilever Technique. My channel is Mrbobbigscreen. There are more instructional videos coming soon, stay tuned.
Good luck and we will pray for you -
Edited by Mr Bob - 4/19/13 at 12:27am