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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    I feel better, but am starting to have that itch to work on it again, but the time and facilities to do that just aren't available right now.
    We still have the itch to see you work on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    Look at it this way.....
    With all the life changes you've been through in the last few years, many a man would have sold, lost, given away, or otherwise given up and lost interest in this deck.

    You still have it.

    Edit: Re-read your last post and it seems the intention is to at some point sell it, but the two great barriers of time and money are in the way.
    But you've been posting here a bit more than earlier times, which tells me interest is returning. That's a good sign all on it's own.
    Well, maybe I wasn't clear...I was stating, in general, I think often about selling off my audio gear because I have a hard time conceptualizing when I'll ever get back to it, AND finances are tight and some of the gear I have would bring in some helpful cash flow, BUT...the MM-1000 is safe because I still don't really have a way or the time to work on it at present or for the foreseeable future, and I'd want it fixed up to maximize the sale price so it is safe from any rash decisions. What was implied in my last post (but not very well) was that decisions to sell would probably be rash...born from my poor ability to be patient and see into the future and trust that there *will* be time at some point. I tend to be fairly myopic when times are tough and have a hard time accepting or even daydreaming it won't always be like it is now. SO...short answer: I wouldn't expect the MM-1000 to ever be up for sale. Plus, it upsets my wife when I talk about selling stuff...she knows better than I do at times how important it is to me, and has a hard time when I talk about getting rid of stuff she knows I don't really want to let go of.

    I do think I'm going to try and simplify though...I have some multiples of rack gear that are unnecessary, and I think it would be healthy to just have one of each category of tape machine (i.e. multitrack machine and mastering machine). At present I have two multitrack machines (the MM-1000, and the Tascam 58) and two mastering machines (the 3M M-64 and the Tascam BR-20T). I'm pretty set on selling the BR-20T. Its a VERY nice machine...handles tape SO nicely, and has the timecode track which is neat but I don't know if it will ever be of practical use to me. I have a fully loaded TimeLine Micro Lynx (with spares to boot) that I've setup with the BR-20T and the system works so well...I had visions of sync'ing tape machines and DAW with the DAW as the master, but it was all really sort of a "just because" idea. I don't really have a practical need to do that. And yes the BR-20T has the rare RC-402 remote, upgraded headphone amp, recapped power supply, relapped heads and other new parts and is 100% functional...like...its a really good machine, ready to go...but it doesn't inspire me *at all* like the 3M machine...massive, overbuilt, discrete transformer coupled amps (huge transformers)...those ginormous VU meters...it is a freaking work-of-art-tank-of-a-machine, and I love that there is not one IC on the whole thing...all relay logic, through-hole discrete circuit design...as professional and simultaneously simple as it gets, and at the same time absolute genius transport design...so simple but exceptionally effective constant tension system and specs that still hold their own or surpass even the latest generation machines...dynamic braking...This is an almost 50 year old machine and its just pure genius. I have an affinity for that machine. No...it doesn't work yet and needs recapped blahblahblah...but it stirs me when I see it. I had one concern about it because the pinch rollers are so specialized and critical to the constant tension iso-loop system, and Terry Witt doesn't rebuild them for that reason and there are no new recent manufactured parts...And Athan didn't make the 1/4" or 1/2" roller set...until recently...they have them now...the polyurethane rollers brand new. So that kind of clinches it for me. So I think the BR-20T will go. I'm less sure about the MM-1000 vs. 58. The 58 can chase the DAW too using the Micro Lynx, and again that was always kind of a "just because" interest, but the only practical reason to have that ability for me is to track on tape and dump to DAW, but honestly I'm much more likely to track to the MM-1000 than the 58 anyway for sonic reasons, and the MM-1000 isn't going to be sync'ing with anything...so it really makes the 58 superfluous, BUT...the 58 is an operational, chronological and cosmetic match to my prototype Tascam 12x8 console...that's hard for me to split up...so I'm much less likely to let go of the 58 just for that reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukpac View Post
    We still have the itch to see you work on it
    Well...hahah...then I guess there's a lot of itchin' going on.



    Thanks though...I'm glad others haven't given up on the Story.

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    So this is a really minor update, but I have to share what feels to me like a total win.

    I got these:

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    If you can’t tell, those are lamps. 28V clear bi-pin base lamps. These go to the VU meters in the amplifier electronics modules. So what? Well, the original Sylvania 24PC lamps have been unobtanium for many, many years, and so all manner of crazy kludgey solutions have been concocted. Replacing with LEDs is what most end up doing, but it’s all a bit of work because of how the originals mounted and/or because they are actually powered by throttled 39VDC power. And for guys like me who much prefer the glow of incandescent lamps particularly for the meters, well, LEDs just aren’t the ticket. It’s gnawed at the back of my brain how I was going to deal with this on my MM-1000 and furthermore just not really looking forward to the labor...but then...a fellow MM-1000 owner tipped me off to an eBay listing for these Dialco lamps that are compatible...NOS...when you can find these lamps they typically go for stupid money but what are you going to do. But these were being sold in packs of 10 for $10. I’m in. I bought 70. Nuts? That gives me enough to replace each pair of meter lamps twice and then some. Plus some of what I have in the electronics are still working. I’m set.

    Anyway, MM-1000 project not dead, just on the back-burner.

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    Little things like meter lights being out drive me nuts, even though the meters still work. I'm lucky for my JH24 to have Studio Electronics as a resource. I've gotten lamps for the meters and the status lights, and even a replacement for a missing red cap on one of the record buttons.

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