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Subject: Pro Walkman (was Re: [Nature Recordists] Re: Lyrebird)
From: "simmosonics" simmosonics
Date: Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:55 pm ((PST))
--- In  Dan Dugan <> wrote:

> I still service them, but I try hard to talk people out of it because in my 
> opinion the recorder that you could buy with the cost of service will sound 
> better.
> No analog nostagia here--I've always sought transparency.

Agreed. Also, I can do without the enormous battery consumption (motors), the 
head cleaning, the bulk of cassettes and so on. Nonetheless, I thought that 
particular Sony was a wonderful device to use. It looked and felt solid, was 
not too fiddly and did a lot of things well.

The speed regulator chip had to be replaced in mine on numerous occasions. I 
had lost the original Sony AC adaptor for charging the batteries, and used a 
Radio Shack adaptor instead. But if the plug on the end of the adaptor was 
connected the wrong way around, the speed regulator chip would lose its magic 
smoke and it would cost me over $100 AUD to get it fixed. This would happen 
just about every time I let someone borrow it. The last person to borrow it 
offered to get it fixed; I never saw him or the Sony again - he was an audio 
student of mine who graduated and returned to [name of country withheld].

Nostalgia schmalgia.

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