Not off-topic at all, Lou...and thanks as well to Richard for his always 
valuable input.

In all honesty, however, and because of my position (archivist), I can only 
dedicate so much time to transfers.  Yet I'm the only one here doing that 
kind of work.

The important thing, as I see it, is an ability to make surrogate copies of 
unique items within a reasonable amount of time.  As those of us in the 
archival world already know, sometimes researchers expect access to 
delicate and unique collection materials *immediately*.  And they don't 
always understand why they can't hear [tape X] when it's right in front of 
their face.  (Fair enough, that's our job.)

That said, I'm thinking of a micro-cassette unit in the $200-$500 
range.  Other (or contradictory) opinions are welcome as well, of 
course.  We all have something to learn from each post.

thanks again for the help everyone,

At 12:48 PM 3/23/2006, you wrote:
>Am I off topic? All this is well and good, and if it is a one-shot and not 
>a hig fidelity recording, you can get a Micorocassetees recorder/player 
>for 39.95 at drug stores or RS...
>Pardon me if I am at times pragmatic. I've never heard a microcassette 
>that would benefit from a thousand dollar player... unless you are working 
>for a healthy hourly!
>Lou Judson  Intuitive Audio
>On Mar 23, 2006, at 12:01 PM, Richard L. Hess wrote:
>>At 02:51 PM 3/23/2006, I wrote:
>>>I reload the micro cassette tapes into a standard cassette shell.
>>Ooops, I forgot to menion Richard's illustrated guide to doing this:
>>Tape Restoration Seminar:    MAY 9-12, 2006; details at Web site.
>>Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
>>Aurora, Ontario, Canada       (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
>>Detailed contact information:
>Brandon Burke
>Assistant Archivist for Audiovisual Collections
>Hoover Institution Archives
>Stanford University
>Stanford, CA 94305-6010
>voice: 650.724.9711
>fax: 650.725.3445
>email: [log in to unmask]