I prefer cassette decks with a dual capstan mechanism for playback. The
reason is that cassettes, particularly old ones, tend to skew and a dual
capstan deck will hold azimuth better throughout the length to the tape.
Some Nakamichi's also have the added feature of a pressure pad lifter.
If you are going to consider a NAK, be sure and buy one that was built
post 1982. Dual capstan decks are expensive, even used which, I think,
is the only way you will find one. The Tascam that you mention is
current but a good used dual capstan machine will out perform it, hands
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 5/5/2019 7:19 AM, John Schroth wrote:
> Hoping to get some input from everyone.
> I'd like to add a Tascam 122 cassette deck to our inventory. I've been
> studying up on the different models, reading conflicting reports. Does
> anyone have recommendations on which of the models they prefer - the
> original 122, MK-II or MK-III?
> Thanks in advance for any input.
> Kind Regards,
> John Schroth