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Subject: Re: advice on recording equipment
From: Greg Clark <>
Date: Thu, 06 May 2004 13:37:30 -0700
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.
 Greg Clark
 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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 >                     [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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