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|Title:||Arcade Repair Tips Vol. 4|
|Rating:||4.5 out of 5|
Very often the best way to learn something is hands-on. Want to learn to play the piano? Put yourself in front of a piano! A piano teacher is another good idea. If you're facing an issue with an arcade game the same logic applies.
Of course you'll likely discover it's easier to find a piano teacher than an arcade repair technician. But what if you could find someone to teach you the basics of arcade repair? Sounds like more fun than piano lessons!
The folks at Arcade Repair Tips have a series of instructional DVDs that show all the aspects of arcade repair. Tim Peterson walks you through a hands-on series of repairs from PCBs and wiring to power supplies and the cabinet itself.
This is the fourth DVD in the Arcade Repair Tips series and contains 2 DVDs full of great info. You may have seen some of their videos on the Arcade Repair Tips YouTube Channel. The DVDs contain some of the same material, but they also contain a lot of extra footage that further explains some of their techniques.
As with repairing a car, one tends to start with the current problem - no sense in rebuilding a transmission when your brake lines need to be replaced. The Arcade Repair Tips DVDs tend not to revolve around a specific topic, but delve into the problem at hand. So you won't find one DVD focusing on monitors and another on wiring. Each volume in the series displays an assortment of repair tips.
One of the best facets of Arcade Repair Tips is the down-and-dirty workshop approach to the videos. Each tip is filmed as Tim goes through an actual repair. It's not shot in a fancy studio with a narrator. Tim shows the tools and techniques needed for each fix. Sometimes He shows a relatively simple repair while other videos require specialized tools, like a Tube Rejuvenator, and are more complex. Despite the skill level, all aspects of the repair from tools to techniques are revealed.
The second thing I really like is the focus. Tim outlines what each segment will cover and it does. Too many how-to videos stray from their topics and don't deliver pertinent information. Tim does a great job staying on topic and allowing the viewer to see what he is doing as he explains each step.
Volume 4 features the following demonstrations:
I've seen a few of their videos on YouTube, but this is the first DVD I've had the pleasure of seeing. I found Volume 4 full of great information and I would encourage anyone who really wants to learn arcade repair to check out this entire series! There's something for everyone within the Arcade Repair Tips series. Watching the episodes made me want to dive in and get my Moon Patrol PCB up and running!
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