Having read Fred's' self advert and then Richard's remarks made me think
of the machines I use. I am a restoration engineer that operate in
Israel. I have been in this business for more than 13 years and even
more as a recording engineer in studios.I have seen many fads come and
go, and many formats that promise a lot to come and go.
I must agree with Richard's comment about DAT and actually all digital
media for that matter. I always advise my clients to put digital formats
at the top of their endangered list. The secret enemy of these is not
just obsolete hardware but deteriorating software. I have seen tapes
come in that have error rates so high that they were almost unplayable.
In the video it's even worse (I do video as well).
As for Fred's comments, your opening line should have been " I make
equipment let me introduce myself to you", not your closing line.
Tooting your own horn is okay but you should let people know that right
from the start. Getting back to my equipment list. I have 4 atr-102, 3
Studer c-37 (some clients want that tube sound), tascam, otari and other
low-fi machines to work on weird formats like playtape, minfon,
dictabelt, etc. I had two a80's and two a-810. Granted the a80 had a
great transport but it is not the only one. Sound wise it doesn't come
close to the atr-100, and none come even close to the gentle range of
the atr-100 tape tension. It's not a perfect machine but it is a better
machine in many respects than the a-80. It is still being made and sold
(you're not the only one). Many of the machines you listed as being
inferior, while are not on my wish list either, are very good machines
that will do great job on most tapes (you don't need the best for speech
or off air dubs).