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>For a truly portable (as opposed to 'transportable') recorder, I 
>concur with others that the Ampex 601 might be adequate.
>
>A machine to absolutely avoid would be the Ampex PR-10.  (A later 
>version whose model number I cannot recall was manufactured with 
>'solid-state' electronics.)  My experience is that even with a great 
>deal of care lavished upon it, one could not be made to pull tape 
>past the heads in a stable fashion.
>
>In my opinion, a Nagra IV represents THE golden age in analog 
>recording.  Through the 1980s, NPR engineers often used them (and 
>even more frequently their mic preamps) when making studio 
>recordings.
>
>-Jan Andrews

Remember how you could link the electronics of a pair to give you 
four mic  driving two transports?  I remember that Minnesota Public 
Radio used to do that and record the announcer for concert series on 
location.

Bob Cham