Tyra, There are professional units from JBR http://jbrtech.com/prod_ptu.html If the price of the above is beyond your budget, you might wish to consider two alternatives: (1) Find a portable or desk transcriber that works reasonably well, come out of the headphone jack and capture that in the computer. (2) Take the tape out of the microcassette shell, load it into a standard cassette shell, and use a high-end standard cassette player. For the relatively small volume of microcassette transfers I'm asked to do (maybe 10-20 per year), I take option (2). The sound will be backwards and at 2x or 4x speed. So record at 96 ks/s and then when you play it back at 48 ks/s, you'll still have full audio bandwidth in the digital domain--the analog player will have cut off somewhere around 20 kHz or so, therefore you'll only have 10 kHz of audio in the file, but it won't be digitally limited. If you have to go down to 1/4 speed, your top end will be limited (again in the analog domain by the repro deck) to 5 kHz. But, interestingly, those are the limits of the JBR unit as well. Standard speed on a microcassette is 2.4 cm/s (15/16 in/s) and LP is 1.2 cm/s (15/32 in/s) while a standard cassette is 4.8 cm/s (1-7/8 in/s). There just isn't much high end on the tape at 15/32 in/s! The technique on my website for reloading cassettes can be adapted to microcassettes as well. If you cut the tape right at the empty hub side of the opening, you'll preserve the start pulses that JBR talks about. http://richardhess.com/notes/2006/03/06/loading-c-0-cassettes/ You will not be able to return the tapes to the microcassette shell, but this has been acceptable to a wide range of clients. One potential client did not want the original artifact damaged, so I declined the project. Cheers, Richard On 2013-04-19 4:49 PM, Grant, Tyra wrote: > We need to purchase a microcassette player for creating digital transfers. > I'd like a durable player that will provide playback quality as good as is reasonably possible from a microcassette. > Any recommendations? > > Thanks, > Tyra Grant > [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> > > > Digital and electronic media preservation > University of Kansas Libraries > Phone: 785-864-8951 > -- Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800 http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.