I've posted several messages on this board seeking advice. Thanks for the help. Now, I'd like to official announce that I completely ignored all of that advice and bought a Dokorder 7100 off e-bay. I did a little research on the machines. Dokorder has been out of business forever, there are no parts for these machines, and when they were new they weren't the greatest in the world. HA! I haven't even seen it yet and I know my Dokorder rules! RULES!
I'm assured the item is in tip top shape from a seller who sells a number of r to r's. I'm not worried that it won't work. I'm not worried about anything. Well, I'm a little worried that if this zit on my nose gets any bigger, I'll have to get fitted for new glasses.
Anyhoo, if any of you would like to comment on how stupidly I've acted, feel free.