|Akai Service Manuals Note
|First, this is NOT an "excuse" explanation to give us
cover for lousy manuals. We NEVER sell you a lousy manual unless we tell you
it is before you buy. This page is to explain various caveats about some
Akai manuals that is simply too much info to put in every manual
description. Any given manual from any
given company can have characteristics that make them difficult. But a
substantial number of Akai Service Manuals (mostly from latter 70s-early
80s) have several
characteristics which make them more difficult to reproduce as nicely as those from most other
brands. Here are some of the things you might want to know.
All of this means several things. Any, or all, or
none of the pages in our reproductions of these manuals may exhibit some of
the following characteristics.
- They are slightly taller than standard size.
- They are slightly narrower than standard size.
- The are usually printed on *extremely* thin paper.
- They often have unusual colors... bluish purple, light purple,
light red, pink, light gray.
- They frequently have some schematics with *extremely* small
- They frequently have some of this
miniscule text printed in very light pink
or purple color.
- They sometimes have light pink text or lines embedded in light gray
- They may have light pink text or lines embedded in bluish purple
- They usually have extremely thin pointer lines in illustrations, exploded
views and parts lists.
- They have some illustrations that are done
in a low-contrast, semi-photographic style.
- They usually have textured covers with
unusual color combinations.
- They sometimes contain one or more pages designed
to show energized circuits. The text on those pages is usually too small
and too faint to be readable in the original, AND... the "highlighting" of those circuits is
so slight as to almost be indistinguishable even in the originals.
Now, having listed all those caveats... most of our Akai reproductions are still given an
individually-assigned Quality Scale
rating of Good, Good to Very Good, or Very Good. Our individual Akai manual
description may have notes about quality issues for that particular manual
and quality ratings based on different parts of that manual.
- Some pages may be reduced by 5% or so to fit on a
- Some pages may (not usually) have a missing or partial page
- They may have a bit wider margin in the binding side of the
- In general, text will be lighter or less
distinct than with manuals from most
- Some pages with illustrations will not be as clear as those
from most companies.
- Some pointer lines between description and the described item
may be more difficult to see.
- Some pages are reproduced darker than normal
and may not have clean white space in an attempt to
bring out a difficult area.
- Some darker pages will show shadows from the opposite side
(very thin paper).
- Some pages are reproduced lighter than normal attempting to
bring out some difficult area.
- Some pages have multiple difficulties on the same page
making any one setting inadequate.
- We sometimes bind in multiple versions of the same page
with different settings.
- We sometimes spend considerable time in doing
precision hand tracing on some pages.
- We frequently may include enlarged versions of
schematics as inserts and may have done precision hand tracing on them.