By Woodrow Polston
Pete Nasir has announced that his audio services business has opened and is located at 215 A South Main Street in Vandalia. With the focus of his business being loudspeaker re-coning and repair, sound system rental and operation, and minor electronic repairs, numerous items such as speakers and even a flat screen TV cluttered his shop’s shelves. Nasir described a few of the current jobs that he is working on.
“I have this scanner that I am currently programming for a lady and a TV that I just finished for another customer,” said Nasir. “I also have some power amplifiers that have come in and several speakers I am about to get started on as well. I also do service calls that take me all over the area. I received a call today from Dairy Mart in Wellsville about their intercom system, and I will be going there to check it out for them. Later this morning I will be at the Elementary School to take a look at their piano,” he added.
After years of serving as a principal and administrator for the Wellsville School District, Nasir retired in 2020 and focused on his sound system rental business. He has also kept busy as a Van-Far school board member, part time bus driver for Community R-6, a Rotarian with the Vandalia Rotary Club, and member of the Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce. Nasir said that he has been working with audio since the early 1980s.
“I got serious about it around 1984. I worked as a sales and service technician in an audio shop in Collinsville, Ill., for about four years. I later moved to St. Louis where my primary jobs were speaker re-coning and system repairs. Today, my wife refers to me as the character Emmett Clark, on the Andy Griffith show, because I will fix just about anything that is brought in to me. My first customer that came into the shop had a pair of glasses that were broken. He asked me if there was anything that I could do to fix them. So I fired up my soldering iron and earned my first dollar, which is hanging on the wall,” said Nasir.
An official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place once a date is set with the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Another service that may become available at the shop in the future includes the sale of electronics.
“I have a customer that brought in some gear who expressed interest in selling it here at the shop,” said Nasir. “I told him that I would certainly consider selling it. I also have some small electronics here and at the house that I may put out on display for sale here. Its not a part of the plan at this point, but if I give it a shot and do well selling electronic items, I may consider making it a full-time retail shop,” he added.
Pete Nasir Audio Services is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, you can call 573-473-2273, or visit his Facebook page.