Hello, Matthew,

I have an opinion and while I think the machines are competent, I don't know why one might chose one of these over the mini-disc or hard-disc versions. I guess it all depends what you wish to do.

The two higher-end models will, I believe, record all four channels at the same time. The lowest one only records one channel at time while the second lowest will record two at a time.

I have a 414 MK II and it works. The initial small picture is NOT the correct unit. the high-res picture and the manual have the correct photos.

I have purchased a Tascam 234 Syncaset which is the higher-end recorder/player (rack mount) for this format -- I intend to use it as one of many tools to extract information from 0.150 inch wide tape in the best manner possible (most of the time, the Nakamichi Dragon fills that role). I also have a Tascam 238 which is the 8-track version of the 234.

This, however, is essentially a Tascam-specific format and is not something I would want to archive to. Nor is it really something I would want to record to--although four-channel field recordings are much more expensive if you step up from the 414/424.

On the other hand, if you're giving it to a kid to learn a bit about recording, it's probably fine.

I think Steve S. and I are in violent agreement once again -- his succinct reply captured my initial response as well.

Cheers,

Richard

At 09:20 AM 4/23/2004 -0400, you wrote:
Tascam is still making portable multi-track cassette recorders--four models to be exact, one of them apparently a new release. Two of these offer 3.75 ips. Does anyone out there have any experience or knowledge of these machines? The link is below--you might have trouble finding the page on the Tascam site if you started from the homepage, as these are all to be found on a page labeled "personal creativity."
 
http://www.tascam.com/product_list.php?cPath=60&nav=pc_cassette