Harrow Technical to close


roberrl

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 14:07
Just checking out my SV and thinking a CLA is in order so went to the Harrow Technical web site to see if it's on their standard list only to see the following

DUE TO RETIREMENT, HARROW TECHNICAL ARE TO CEASE TRADING 29 MARCH 2018 AND ARE NOW NO LONGER ACCEPTING EQUIPMENT FOR REPAIR. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OUR CUSTOMERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT DURING THE PAST 22 YEARS.

A sad day, are there any others that Forum members can recommend for a standard film SLR CLA?

Mike-P

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 14:12
Shame indeed but I suppose we will all have had enough of our jobs eventually. I know I would have retired after my first year at work given the chance.
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ChrisPlatt

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 16:01
I hope someone else in UK is equally capable of keeping your old Pentax cameras working.
Here in USA I don't know what we'll do when Eric Hendrickson retires...

Chris
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ilovesaabs

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 18:51
Asahi Technical/Camera in Brentford (Pramath is the guy) are the people I go to - fixed 2 Z-1s (servicing), the SDM on my 16-50 and the AF on my FA*28-70.

Come recommended.
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alfpics

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 19:35
ilovesaabs wrote:
Asahi Technical/Camera in Brentford (Pramath is the guy) are the people I go to - fixed 2 Z-1s (servicing), the SDM on my 16-50 and the AF on my FA*28-70.

Come recommended.

I have used his services as well - not necessarily the fastest, but that is because he has had to wait for spare parts to come in; link There was a fault he couldn't fix after several attempts and returned the item with no charge to myself - I recommend him as well.

Another guy is Alan Marlow link
Hope that helps
Andy

cabstar

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 19:38
Another vote for Alan Marlow he does great lens work.
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womble

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 20:39
I use Alan for lenses and recommend him highly. I send my bodies to Eric when I am visiting the in-laws in the US.
Kris Lockyear
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jeallen01

Link Posted 04/03/2018 - 20:48
ilovesaabs wrote:
Asahi Technical/Camera in Brentford (Pramath is the guy) are the people I go to - fixed 2 Z-1s (servicing), the SDM on my 16-50 and the AF on my FA*28-70.

Come recommended.

Me too.
K-3 II, K-3 and K-30, & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

roberrl

Link Posted 06/03/2018 - 12:29
Thanks to all for the input, I'll try Asahi Technical first

jeallen01

Link Posted 06/03/2018 - 12:44
roberrl wrote:
Thanks to all for the input, I'll try Asahi Technical first

FWIW (& IIRC) if you take it to them yourself, you might get a bit of a surprise when you "arrive at the door" because "Asahi Technical" is/(was?) actually at the back of a small shop specialising in large scale models (planes & the like), and I'm not sure if there is any "Asahi Technical" sign in the shop window!
K-3 II, K-3 and K-30, & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

jeallen01

Link Posted 06/03/2018 - 18:47
FYI
The "Asahi Photo" (not "Technical") website is here: http://www.asahiphoto.co.uk/ and the phone number is 020 8232 8111.

PS: now asked them (the website has a "Contact" form that you can use) if they can replace the aperture block assembly solenoid on the K-30 because - as I said in another thread just now - I would like to get the potential for that happening properly sorted out before it actually does fail!
K-3 II, K-3 and K-30, & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Last Edited by jeallen01 on 06/03/2018 - 18:49

roberrl

Link Posted 07/03/2018 - 20:05
Thanks again, I've used the contact form to enquire about a CLA

pauljay

Link Posted 20/03/2018 - 19:50
I was about to post the same sad news! Fortunately I received a mail from HT today to advise me that my Pentax ME F is ready to be returned to me, but then I saw the footnote! As Chris comments above even Eric in the States has to retire sometime.
Paul.

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jeallen01

Link Posted 03/04/2018 - 14:47
Update on Asahi Photo:

Just dropped my K-30 over there (only 10 miles away) for the aperture block solenoid to be replaced by the white one I had sourced from the US.

It should be done in around a week or so as I provided that solenoid because, when on the phone to them a few weeks ago, I was told that they used the "filing" method on the green solenoids. That said, I was also told today that they could actually get white solenoids if the customer is (obviously) prepared to pay extra for that and wait somewhat longer (but it would still have cost less and taken less time if I had known that 4 weeks or so ago - I think that will now be mentioned to anyone who enquires about similar repairs!)

Finally, for anyone with an old MZ-5 or similar film body, I found out that they can repair both the pop-up flash spring and the faulty internal film drive motors!
K-3 II, K-3 and K-30, & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Last Edited by jeallen01 on 03/04/2018 - 14:51

Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 04/04/2018 - 06:13
jeallen01 wrote:

Finally, for anyone with an old MZ-5 or similar film body, I found out that they can repair both the pop-up flash spring and the faulty internal film drive motors!

I'd be interested to know how much they charge for the cog change on the mirror motor of the MZ-5, did they mention a price?
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses
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