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We just finished an oral history project with a Fostex FR-2LE and Audio-Technica AT825 mic. All involved were very, very pleased with the results. The interviewer was a pretty non-technical guy, so I set up the Fostex and he just let it roll. The sound quality of the Fostex is much better than comparable stock Marantz products we've used in the past. 
YMMV,

John H. Bondurant
Sound Preservation Archivist

Berea College
Hutchins Library
Special Collections & Archives
CPO LIB
Berea, KY 40404
(859) 985-3389 - voice
(859) 985-3912 - fax

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-----Original Message-----
From: Schooley, John [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 11:08 AM
Subject: Digital oral history recorders - any recommendations?

We are looking to apply for a grant in order to purchase some digital
recorders for oral history interviews.  Up until now we have been using
cassettes.  I was curious if any of you have any experience with any
particular models, or any recommendations?  Keep in mind that these
devices will probably be used by a variety of interviewers (historians,
volunteers, etc.), none of them audio engineers, so ease and simplicity
of use is probably the most important factor.