1996 and only failed when it fell out of a vehicle. After repair, it has
worked flawlessly. My second machine has only seen a few years of similar
service, but it has never failed. I use a Porta Brace equipment bag
specifically made for this recorder. It helps to keep the dust out. I think
high humidity is a problem with all DAT recorders and I do not have this
problem in Arizona, however, I have travelled to other areas where the
humidity is nearly 100%. I believe in desiccants for cameras and
photography equipment. perhaps my judicious use of keeping my equipment in
dry bags or dry cases has spared me problems others have had. I can
recommend the Tascam DA-P1 because I have recorded hundreds of DAT tapes in
awful field conditions, including during rainstorms, and have never had
either recorder fail in use.
At 09:24 AM 5/5/2004, you wrote:
>From: Jim Nollman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Monitoring this discussion on field recorders, I feel bound to add my own two
>cents. One recorder I do not recommend anyone buying is the Tascam DA-P1 or
>its more recent incarnations. Not only myself, but others I know, have had
>numerous problems with this DAT recorder.
>After I owned it for 6 months, the play button on my machine suddenly
>working while on an assignment in Canada. I brought it to the Tascam North
>American headquarters in Toronto and spent a long afternoon sitting with
>chief engineer watching him basically conduct a lobotomy by ripping out the
>unnecessary wiring that controlled play and record, which he described as an
>accident waiting to happen. He was the chief engineer so I let him do it,
>since he told me he had done the same operation on many other machines that
>had the exact same problem.
>Another issue is that Tascam did not stand behind their own warranty. Their
>rep in Seattle seemed to go out of his way to avoid taking any
>for fixing my machine when it still was under warranty. At that time, Id used
>it for a grand total of about 8 hours. Then his shop charged me a lot of
>for a repair that left the buttons still nonfunctional.
>Today, I still use it, relegated to a baroque procedure to get it to function
>at all. And Im no longer willing to keep throwing money at Tascam to keep
>repairing the same problem it had when I first got it.
>This $1200 machine comes with no cover. If you buy it, you then have to buy
>a leather cover as a $120 accessory.
> Best regards,
> Jim Nollman
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