Hi Richard I have had good and bad finds on eBay. I also use the handhelds here and there but I find their connections annoying and prone to noise. Whenever I buy something on eBay (The ATR's also) it first gets a complete bench overhaul. I found that this way I get better results. I have a Norelco minicassette that was in really bad condition and now works great (well, sort of considering the limitations of rim drive). It's always a gamble, for sure. ;-) Cheers Shai בתאריך 20/04/13 10:40 PM, ציטוט Richard L. Hess: > Hi, Shai, > > Maybe you had better luck with these than I did. I looked at one a > while ago and I bought a used mini/micro transcriber (I think > Dictaphone) and other than not working well, the hum level was higher > than I'd like on it. Since the machine was pretty annoying on many > levels, I did not try adding capacitors or a filtered supply. I think > I still have it. The nice thing is that it also attempted to do > mini-cassettes (which are rim-drive (capstanless)) but I found the > speed to be as annoying as running them on a capstan machine...it was > just different. Fortunately, Elastic Audio in Samplitude lets me fix > the speed fairly quickly. One of the unique features in Diamond Cut > audio software (one of the reasons I keep it around) is it has a > spline-curve speed trajectory program that's pretty good for these > things, though the hassle of chaning DAWs for the project usually has > me fixing it in Elastic Audio. > > To that end, when I have not pulled the tape out, I have an Olympus > and a Realistic (Radio Shack) hand-held and both sound as good or > better than the transcriber. Neither sound as good as the Dragon (but > we're not surprised). The handhelds are more than adequate, however, > and since they're running off batteries then there is little chance of > hum (except picking it up through the repro head). > > Cheers, > > Richard > > On 2013-04-20 2:33 PM, Shai Drori wrote: >> Hi Tyra >> Here are some options on eBay right now. >> Shai >> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-RR-930-Microcassette-Transcriber-Dictation-Machine-With-Foot-Pedal-/360638716662?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53f7be1af6 >> >> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-RR-930-Micro-Cassette-Transcriber-Machine-w-Foot-Pedal-/251262957848?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a80707918 >> >> http://www.ebay.com/itm/DICTAPHONE-3720-Microcassette-Transcriber-W-Foot-Pedal-Microphone-AC-Adapter-/281085867081?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item417205f449 >> >> > -- בברכה, שי דרורי מומחה לשימור והמרה של אודיו וידאו וסרטים 8-35 ממ.