Hi Aaron,

   The machine is as new can get. It was delivered to the person I  
bought it from just a few months ago. It was used to  produce one CD  
and that was it, about 20 hours. It also came with a 1/4 inch 2 track  
head block that is still wrapped from ATR Services. The ARIA  
electronics were adjusted for both head blocks. I can't wait to hear  
the difference between the ARIA  electronics and the stock ATR  
electronics I have on the other two machines.

   I believe your machine is the Frankenstein that PMR offers for  
about $28,000.   It's good to know that they're others out there that  
need a mental adjustment:-)

   regards, ken Fritz
On May 27, 2009, at 5:24 PM, Aaron Levinson wrote:

> An ATR-100 series 15/30 ips 1" 2-track is the Rolls Royce of all  
> mastering decks. The heads may need lapping and I would make sure  
> the thing is biased correctly if you plan on recording with it but  
> that baby is insane. I would say the Studer may have it beat on  
> machining of parts but from a sonic standpoint that is just about  
> the finest solid-state beast ever made. Others may disagree but no  
> one will question its place in the pantheon of audio history.
> I mated the ATR transport with the legendary MR-70 electronics for  
> a one-of-a-kind Frankenstein that was imho even better, but for a  
> stock machine, unbeatable.
> AA
> Danger wrote:
>> I have had a lot of strange machine made in the past but never a  
>> 1" 2trk You might want to look up John French and see what he has  
>> to say.