Michael Langhorst on the lost art of record-player repair

I've always fixed old radios and things like that, even when I was a kid. I went to the University of Toledo and got a degree in electronics technology. I went into a record shop one day, and they said, "Do you want a tech job until you get a real job?" I said, "Sure," and I never got a real job. I've had this shop for 22 years now.

Probably the best thing to do is just play 'em. What we see most is people tell us this thing has sat for five or 10 years. It's like not driving a car for 10 years. If it works when you put it up and you don't drive it, it probably won't work when you get it back out.

I'm too stubborn to get out of the business. I'm 60, so I'm certainly not going to look for another job. I think about what I'm going to do when I retire, and I just don't think I can cold-turkey quit. I'll probably keep doing repairs out of my house. Michael Langhorst, The Audiowright Shop, 3521 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-267-5880