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    I didn't know that you were sure they were relapped. That's good. I was saying that maybe the seller knew because when the head are done the tech will tell you in the report how much head life is left. At least, they did when I had mine done, and it was 60%. Hopefully this machine will continue to shock you in how nice it is. Just the fact that it was serviced back in '02 is awesome. Wonder why the dude sold it for only $200 when he could have easily gotten 3 times that? Did he tell you why he was selling it for so little money?

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    If you look back a few posts there is a picture of the relap service report. My hunch is the shop didn't have the right equipment to measure the tip depth on the 388 headstack. So there's no estimate of life left.

    The seller I bought it from sort of inherited it from the guy who owned it when the service was done. The seller didn't really ever use it and was trying to clean house...he uses a digital system so the 388 and other gear was just taking up space. He wanted it to get checked out and start getting used rather than it sitting. I also think he likely didn't research the market to set his price. He was handing me stuff like "you probably don't want this but if you do you can just take it" (like the effects processors). So that was his mindset...good for me.

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    JRF would have the right equipment to measure tip depth, but you would have to know the depth when new to compare the wear and 388 head specs are impossible to find. That's another possible reason why there was no estimate of life left.

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    Been away for a week or so. Just tuning in on this. Nice!!!!
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    Well I am extremely pleased and a bit surprised, but so far every single jack, knob, button and slider on this 388 does exactly what it's supposed to do, and on top of it there are almost no scritchies from any of the pots and sliders, and almost no glitchies from any of the switches. I've tested 100% of the inputs and outputs (except for the tape out jacks) and mixing section functions, and I'd be comfortable to put it into service as-is.

    Testing the tape section now...Jeff Buckley is helping me with that.

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    Unbelievable. Everything...absolutely everything works. And it sounds fantastic.

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    You lucked out!

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    Man, you got a great deal on a machine that usually goes for a grand and up. Well done!
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