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Re: advice on recording equipment

Subject: Re: advice on recording equipment
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 09:45:51 -0700
 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 stopped
 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 their
 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  responsibility
 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 money
 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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