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    I spoke to a local reel place today about having my Tascam 38 checked out, they charge $90 an hour and said it would take about 4 hours. Does that seem ridiculously steep or what? So, I'm not going to do it. The reason I wanted it checked is because I've been do some more comparing and disparing and seeing that this deck does not have the high & low end response I think it should have. I compared it to my Fostex A8, which I got working ( a whole other story) and the difference was quite obvious. The 38 is really quiet and the heads look good but it doesn't seem to have the right output and lacks the high end. Maybe that's why I have no tape hiss because the high end is compromised? Could this be caused by the way it was set up or something?

    On the good side of things I scored a great working Tascam32 off Craigs list for $30. It looked like it had some sticky shed on it but I cleaned it up and it sounds great. So, I guess I'll just be using that to record an acoustic demo for now.

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    Arrow That's too expensive!

    For nearly $400 you could buy the MRL tape & some tools & do it yourself!! Then you'd have the capacity to do it repeatedly over time, or on different machines.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Bob
    ... subtleties of sound make a difference to those who really listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Reel Person
    For nearly $400 you could buy the MRL tape & some tools & do it yourself!! Then you'd have the capacity to do it repeatedly over time, or on different machines.

    Exactly Dave, that's what I'm thinking about trying. But, when I look at the instructions they're pretty confusing to me. Having no experience whatsoever with it. Do you think the problem could be possibly the way it's set up or someone fucked with it? The levels seem fine on it, and it sounds good on the surface. I don't know if it's supposed to be this way but it's been frustrating.

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    Arrow I think the Tascam 38 should sound at least as good as an A8, or better,...

    and if it doesn't, then something's wrong.

    My experience is that all "original" equipment from that era DEFINITELY needs a level calibration and tune up. I've seen an average 5-7db dropoff of levels on older machines that haven't been calibrated in their entire service life, sometimes more. Despite the description of the 38's sound, which is indeterminate, I believe wholeheartedly that the 38 needs a calibration done on it. The good new is that they hold their calibration well for years!
    /DA
    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Bob
    ... subtleties of sound make a difference to those who really listen.

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    It's a personal choice but I had spent $250 per machine having a full alignment done, electrical and mechanical. I didn't have just any tech do it. I asked around, researched it carefully and made a proper decision. Well worth the money, to me and I was up and running a short time later. No stress, no pulling your hair out etc ...

    Btw, Steve, I was quoted a 4 hr job too and it cost $250 (per machine). Yes, I agree that $400 is a bit too much.

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    your choice

    Steve,

    If you do decide to do it yourself I am sure that you will find all the help you need here!
    In Sunny Vancouver ..... (Washington)

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    Quote Originally Posted by evm1024
    Steve,

    If you do decide to do it yourself I am sure that you will find all the help you need here!
    FOR SURE! .......... and I know that if I had decided (or will want to in the future) to do the job, I know people here will be more than happy to help! ...a bunch of good and knowledgable folks on this board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by evm1024
    Steve,

    If you do decide to do it yourself I am sure that you will find all the help you need here!

    Thanks alot guys. And you know I'll take you up on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveMac
    But, when I look at the instructions they're pretty confusing to me..
    ...and so are these at first glance, but you can do it! just do it, you'll figure things out in the process.
    Charging 90 bucks per hour for servicing a device may simply come from the expectation that You (as user/owner of the device to be serviced) do charge 200 bucks (and up) per hour when providing your services that involves using the device to be serviced, another words (allegedly !) for you to spend 4 hours of time means minus 800 bucks or more, and so losing 400 bucks instead must be a good "deal" then

    ....or, wait a minute! maybe I'm missing something? hmmmmmmmmm. let's see, while your device is being serviced it can not be used. right? - right. so you lose 800 bucks anyways. so it's minus 1,200 any way you turn it.... heh heh
    then I'm kinda' thinking. Does it look like, that the more you charge per hour of service - the more cash you lose when nobody wants your service or you are (or your "device" is) out of service?

    life is a bitch.
    ... and then?
    Knowledge is calculable, Ignorance has no limits.
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    Arrow Maybe MCIx0x0 could help!?!?!?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Bob
    ... subtleties of sound make a difference to those who really listen.

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