I'm now offering a special rate
for Famicom Disk System restoration
(repair & refurbish), which includes:
FDS-Disk-Write Mod available for an extra fee. The rate is only valid for FamicomWorld members
- Belt replacement;
- Factory-spec rebuilding of mechanism;
- Set spindle index position;
- Required alignment & calibration*;
- Scratch removal on early (shiny) units;
- Restoration of drive pulley;
- Full tuning and adjustments;
- Light soldering/repair to internal connections (when needed);
- Best speed setting;
- A reproduction disk-head protector;
- Full, 1-Year Warranty! (Extended 2-year, 5-Year and Lifetime warranty options available as well.)
*Excludes re-adjusting the factory-set head, which is extra is you decided to mess with it, as one guide wrongly advises.
, with a minimum history of 30-days on the forum, at US$59.95
(and that includes the belt!) plus return postage, which is almost half what I normally charge for this service. For many of you, the (1-year) warranty alone may be worthwhile, and I restore any drive for this rate that is not missing springs, has broken switches, or a damaged analogue board. (I do service these problems as well for a small extra fee to cover the parts.)
The same rate applies for drive restoration in Sharp Twin Famicom
systems; additional restoration services are available for Twin systems as well.
This is discounted both from my normal rate (US$89.95) and my general retro-tech forum rate (US$69.95). The extended warranty rate is available at US$34.95 per year beyond the first (included) 1-Year term for FW members with a 30+-Day term of active participation (history) on this forum. This is discounted from the normal rate of $59.95/year. Warranty does not cover accidental or intentional damage by user, so no backing over it with your auto please. Damage in transit (from dropping, or being flattened by a forklift, or whatnot) is not covered by this warranty; however, all parcels are fully (if not over-) insured, unless you absolutely refuse insurance. For those of you not in the USA who prefer 'economy postage': You must bear the burden of your choice in freight options, in which case you are responsible for two-way freight costs if something breaks in transit. That is, the warranty does not cover return-circuit postage for uninsured parcels.
Repair/restoration/service rate does not include any repairs to the factory-set drive read-head assembly, nor does it include replacement of any broken or missing parts, aside from the belt itself. Replacement parts are available at an extra cost; I will alert you before attempting any restoration work if your drive had any obviously broken, missing or otherwise deficient bits and pieces, at which point you can give the go-ahead, or I can send it back to you either as-is, or as good as it can be given whatever part is damaged (aside from the belt, which is included in the restoration rate).
FDS drives, once restored in the manner that I use (that is not documented anywhere) will read every Nintendo-made disk that is undamaged itself, and in many cases, pirate disks as well. If you have some disks that won't read, it may not be the disks (as is often the case), but a problematic drive that is causing the failures. i just got in a supply of supposedly dead disks, and I discovered to my surprise and delight+disgust (I actually wanted
dead disks for a special project) that more than half of the 'dead' disks worked flawlessly in my restored drives. (I can make drives read most pirates as well and in some cases, all pirates, for an extra charge for the huge amount of time it takes to do so, at your option.)
If you're interested, please send me a PM. I do not disclose the procedure that I use, just as a casual note in advance for those who I'm sure will inquire as to the method of restoration: It took me a very long time to develop, and the examination of many, many drives, so it's my little trade-secret. If I ever get out of the business of restoring these buggers, which is unlikely to happen in the next decade or so, rest-assured I'll make it available somehow.
You can also call to schedule service by ringing 908-616-8747
(or 260-FDS-DISK) and I'll be happy to discuss with you what I do, the expected turnaround time, and 'alls like that
'. Thanks for your interest!
System Restoration, Service, Customization & Modification Services
As asked, yes, I also offer full restoration, service and customization (including most mods) on Famicom (and other brand/model) systems and controllers. This includes A/V mods
, sound mods, power-light (LED), de-yellowing of plastics
, full cleaning, specialized colourations
, and the like. Electroplating may be available for those interested in silver/gold/metallic items. System customization in special colours
is not using mere spray-paint
. I use a special plastic dye
that will not scrape (or flake) off or scuff unless you make a huge gouge in the plastic; in fact, it's essentially impossible to remove
... I tried to remove it from one system and had to melt the plastic away with very serious chemicals to even smudge it
I can also restore
scuffs, scratches, dings, dents and even gouges
in your systems and games. It may also be possible to remove certain markings without causing damage, depending on the source and the extent of the damage already done.
Reproduction Famicom Disk System GamesReproduction disks
of rare to super-rare Famicom Disk System titles are now available as well The rates (For FW members with a 30+-Day active history are as follows:
All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros
.: $54.95 (includes reproduction disk
) *Reproduction manual is being considered for the future, and if available, will be at an additional cost. Eggerland: Sōzōhe no Tabidachi
: $59.95 (includes reproduction disk
, label plus reproduction Disk Writer manual).New Clu Clu Land
: $79.95 (Includes reproduction disk, reproduction white label plus reproduction Disk Writer manual) *Reproduction colour label may be available in the future. Tanigawa Kōji no Shōgi Shinan II
: $99.95 (includes reproduction disk label plus reproduction Disk Writer manual); this is a reproduction of the RAREST
Nintendo game ever released to the public, which is as rare as the Gold NWC cartridge
!!!Zelda no Densetsu Beta (White Disk)
: $?? - Being considered. Will include white reproduction disk -- using special plastic dye, not ordinary paint--and reproduction label. Golf Prize Cards
: $??? - Under consideration, as electroplating process is both expensive and time-consuming. Would include gold (electroplated) disk and reproduction label.
Other titles on demand, assuming I have masters. All reproductions are made using first-generation masters, and all reproduction labels, obis and manuals are made from original prints, marked as reproductions (please see photos in catalogue). Clear, plastic card carrier is *not* included with these prices, as I am very low on these (not with games), and charge extra for them.
Famicom RetroVideo A/V KitsRetroVideo A/V Kits
are available in both USA/World and European (lead-free) versions. I am posting out all orders as time permits. These are no-nonsense easy-peasy
kits to modify Famicom systems for A/V output
I am also offering in-house A/V Conversion for those of you who prefer not to tinker with the guts of your system. This is an additional US$24.95 fee for FW members on top of the price of your preferred RetroVideo kit. Other Famicom system modifications, such as stereo sound, power indicator lights, and other modifications (such as system plastic colour restoration, microphone & controller restoration & rebuilding, etc.) as, as always, available upon request.
Famicom Disk System Springs & Screws
I now have new (reproduction) springs and screws for the FDS, including those troublesome card-carrier extension springs that are often missing or stretched, causing your FDS disk to be seated improperly, and thus generating those dreaded errors
A set of three card-carrier springs
Single card-carrier springs may be available as well; P.M. to inquire.
Other springs are available; I will add more information on types and pricing soon.
I also have most FDS screws and hardware (soon to be all FDS screws) available as reproduction parts; factory screws and hardware are also available (albeit at a higher price).
Parts are available are as follows; R
= reproduction, F factory-only; F/R
= available as either:
Screw - FDS Case ---- F/R
Screw - FDS Bezel ---- F/R
Screw - FDS Plate to Case w/o Washer & Lock ---- F/R
Screw - FDS Plate to Case w/Washer & Lock ---- F/R
Screw - FDS Analogue Board ---- F/R
Screw - FDS Hub Retainer ---- F/R
Screw - FDS Head-Sled ---- F (R in progress)
Screw - FDS Disk Insertion Switch ---- F (R in progress)
Hardware - FDS Plate to Case Screw Washer ---- F/R
Hardware - FDS Plate to Case Lock ---- F/R
Hardware - FDS Eject-Plate Clip ---- R
Hardware - FDS Head-Sled Rod ---- F
Hardware - FDS Analogue Board Screw Serrated Washer ---- F
Hardware - FDS Retainer Nut (Early-type) ---- F
Hardware - FDS Spindle Column Spacer/Washer (Dark) ---- N/A (seeking repro part)
Hardware - FDS Spindle Column Spacer/Washer (Nylon) ---- N/A (seeking repro part)
Spring - FDS Disk Card Carrier ---- F/R
Spring - FDS Eject Plate ---- F/R?
Spring - FDS Head-Return ---- F/R?
Spring - FDS Head-Tension ---- F/R?
Switch - FDS Disk Insertion ---- F
Switch - FDS Analogue Board (Short) ---- F
Switch - FDS Analogue Board (Long) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Motor ---- F
Assembly - FDS Read-Head ---- F
Assembly - FDS Retainer Plate (late) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Retainer Plate (early) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Eject Button Plate ---- F
Assembly - FDS Anti-Piracy Plate ---- F
Assembly - FDS Head-Sled ---- F
Assembly - FDS Card Carrier Tray ---- F
Assembly - FDS Frame ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Retainer (early) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Retainer (late) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Hub Pulley (early) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Hub Pulley (late) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Hub Seat (Cap) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Index Hub (early w/nut) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Index Hub (early w/o nut) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Index Hub (late w/nut) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Index Hub (late w/o nut) ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Index Hub Hex Nut ---- F
Assembly - FDS Spindle Gear ---- F
Assembly - FDS Head Pressure Arm ---- F
Assembly - FDS Head Pressure Pad---- N/A R in progress.
Assembly - FDS Belt ---- F/R
Assembly - Analogue Board Switch Shroud ---- F
Electrical - Colour-Match Wire Kit for Disk-Insertion Switch ---- R
Electrical - Colour-Match Wire kit for Spindle Motor ---- R
Enclosure - FDS Front Bezel ---- F
Enclosure - Bottom Case (early/smooth) ---- F
Enclosure - Bottom case (late/textured) ---- F
Enclosure - Top case (early/smooth) ---- F
Enclosure - Top Case (late/textured) ---- F
PCB - FDS Analogue Board (early) ---- F
PCB - FDS Analogue Board (late) ---- F
PCB - FDS Analogue Board (late+modified) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-01 (no W/P) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-01 (w/ W/P) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-02 (no W/P) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-02 (w/ W/P) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-03 ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-04 ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-04 (write-enable modified) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-05 ---- F
PCB - Power Board Rev-05 (write-enable modified) ---- F
PCB - Power Board Write-Prevent Sub-Board ---- F
Special - FDS Red Head & Spring Sealing Compound ---- R
Special - FDS Lubrication Compound ---- R
Special - FDS Disk Head Protector Card ---- F/R
Note that I always have Famicom systems (all types, including Sharp Twin systems), parts and power supplies available to purchase year-round
. Please ring me or send a P.M. with any inquiries... Thanks!