What is a Repair Café?
What do you do with a chair with a loose leg? With a toaster that
is broken? Or with a woolen sweater with moth holes? Throw it
away? I don't think so!
5629 PV Eindhoven
040 291 2444
5629 PV Eindhoven
040 291 2807
5629 PX Eindhoven
040 293 2721
5629 PX Eindhoven
040 256 6024
Son en Breugel e.o.
Next Repair Café
On Thursday, September 28 from 14:00 - 17:00 (afternoon).
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Sometimes we need two or more times
Do you also repair tape recorders, a visitor asks, while I am working
on his DVD player. Depends on what's wrong with it, I answered. For
example, obtaining new parts can be a problem for these old devices.
He would like to give it a try. He still has old recordings that he
would like to play back and possibly digitize. It was an Aristona of
over 40 years old, of which the drive belts went completely bad. This
in itself is something that could be solved successfully. There is a
company on the Internet that supplies the drive belts for these
devices. After some e-mails, the “visitor” ordered the drive belts
for the recorder from
Not long after, the recorder is on my
table. Together with colleague Cor the drive belts were replaced, 4
in total, the tape path was cleaned and finally we adapted the device
to 240 Volt. Nowadays, the mains voltage is higher than the 220 Volt
that we always talk about. The device got a final check and was handed
over to its owner.
About a week later I received an e-mail that the repair of the
"recorder mechanics" went well. However, there is a new problem, the
sound left and right drops, while the tape continues to run. The sound
returns when the device is tilted forward. The latter is very
inconvenient when using the recorder. It is agreed that the recorder
will be brought in again. The following Thursday afternoon the device
is back on my table. After some analysis, a switch turns out to be the
problem. Replacement is not an option since the switch is no longer
available. However, with some contact spray, the problem seems to be
solved and the device can be reassembled. During the repair, the
visitor told me that he had come across some nice recordings from a
distant past. He also found a tape where “dom bandje” was written on
the reel. This may translate in English into “stupid tape”. When
playing back, it became clear to him that “stupid band” was meant by
“dom bandje”, an alternative meaning of the phrase.
Practical assignment Ebru Janssens Kayan
Ebru Janssens Kayan is a fellow Blixembosch resident who, in addition
to her day job, is studying “Photographic design” at the Photography
school (Fotovakschool). One of her assignments was to do a photoshoot,
on the theme of "human interest", for a club, community center,
theater group, thrift shop or similar establishment. She came to us
for this and spent two afternoons recording our activities. Below is
an example of the result from one of the afternoons. More of Ebru's
work can be found on
Peter van Leeuwen 1945 - 2021
Today we received the sad news that our colleague Peter van Leeuwen
has passed away. Peter was an enthusiastic technician who visibly
enjoyed his hours at the Repair Café, where he made many visitors
happy. We wish Anneke, his children and grandchildren a lot of
strength to deal with this great loss.
In the media
Brussels: repairing broken stuff must become easier.
Press release European Commission 22-3-2023.
There are now 700 Repair Cafés in 18 countries; explanation by
founder Martine Postma of Repair Café Nederland and a small
voor Meldpunt' by Omroep Max on April 3rd, 2015.
In Tros Radar of February 2nd 2015, attention is paid to the
by manufacturers planned (short) life span of devices.
The program can be viewed
here on the Radar site
Our press release about the opening of the Repair Café will be
published in Groot Eindhoven of 15-10-2014
In the ED of 10-10-2014, a piece is written by Yolanda Neijts in the
City section about the announced opening of the Repair Café.
In the September 2014 issue of Blixemflitsen! Carina Oosting dedicates
a redactional piece to the Repair Café in addition to a call for tools
and volunteers. The start date of October 16 is also mentioned.
In the July 2014 issue of Blixemflitsen! a call is made for volunteers