Maybe you had better luck with these than I did. I looked at one a while
ago and I bought a used mini/micro transcriber (I think Dictaphone) and
other than not working well, the hum level was higher than I'd like on
it. Since the machine was pretty annoying on many levels, I did not try
adding capacitors or a filtered supply. I think I still have it. The
nice thing is that it also attempted to do mini-cassettes (which are
rim-drive (capstanless)) but I found the speed to be as annoying as
running them on a capstan machine...it was just different. Fortunately,
Elastic Audio in Samplitude lets me fix the speed fairly quickly. One of
the unique features in Diamond Cut audio software (one of the reasons I
keep it around) is it has a spline-curve speed trajectory program that's
pretty good for these things, though the hassle of chaning DAWs for the
project usually has me fixing it in Elastic Audio.
To that end, when I have not pulled the tape out, I have an Olympus and
a Realistic (Radio Shack) hand-held and both sound as good or better
than the transcriber. Neither sound as good as the Dragon (but we're not
surprised). The handhelds are more than adequate, however, and since
they're running off batteries then there is little chance of hum (except
picking it up through the repro head).
On 2013-04-20 2:33 PM, Shai Drori wrote:
> Hi Tyra
> Here are some options on eBay right now.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.