We lived in a disposable world—until the economy tanked. Suddenly it seemed smarter than ever to repair instead of replace. Herein, craftsmen and techies who can reupholster that Empire settee, remake your Maytag, rev up an old turntable, save your sole and more.
by Maria Hess
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A piano has 12,000 working parts. Any one can break. And because a piano is 85 percent wood, it can swell, wreaking havoc on pitch. Master technician Bruce Cohen at Jacobs Music (2800 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-1888) has been tuning pianos for 40 years. Common problems are “funny noises” caused by loose, vibrating parts, as well as “sticking keys.” Jacobs restores antique pianos, mostly Steinways from the late 1800s. If your piano is not a fine instrument, it’s not worth restoring. A total restoration takes 800 man-hours, and it’s expensive. Find technicians through reputable retailers or music schools, never through the phonebook or the Web. The Music School of Delaware (locations statewide, 762-1132) can help.
Shoes, Leather Goods, Luggage
Got a torn leather cushion? Take it to Fast Feet Shoe Repair (110 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, 325-1991; Concord Mall, 4737 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-5300), where you can get the cushion mended while shoe heels, tips, soles, shines, stitching and heel plates are done. The shop repairs leather goods, dyes shoes, and fixes zippers. It also cuts new keys. More sole savers: Abbott’s Shoe Repair 92 E. Main St., Newark, 368-8813; Brays Shoe Service 223 W. Division St., Dover, 736-1915; Delaware Shoe Repair 150 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 674-9754; Instant Shoe Repair 18908 Center 1 Mall, Rehoboth Beach, 644-4080; Shoe Tech Shoe Repair 111 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, 656-0405; John’s Shoe Repair 1709 Marsh Road, Wilmington, 478-1003; Joe’s Shoe Repair Shop 4712 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, 999-0316
Stereos and Speakers
Ron Clark, owner of Kral Electronics (2403 Ogletown Road, Newark, 737-1300), can fix any amplifier, stereo, speaker or turntable, and he’ll replace your needles, transistors and tubes. “The tube amps actually offer the best audio production," he says. Clark has been diagnosing stereo gear for 41 years. Own a Victrola? He’ll fix it. Also see: Audionics 10 Country Lane, Newark, 455-0411; AV Resources 240 N. James St., Newport, 994-1488