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    Hey Friends,
    I'm new to the list and looking into
    purchasing an MSR-16 analog reel-to-reel
    recorder and was wondering if anyone out there has had any experience with this
    machine. I'm real picky about a nice, fat,
    warm sound for my Hammond B-3 and other
    instruments / vocals recorded in my home
    studio. Could this be the dream machine for
    me? Are there any pitfalls I should be aware
    of? Chronic problems? Hidden expenses? Any
    tips, tricks or special techniques? I was
    wanting to bump up to 16-trak recording but
    stay in the analog realm and produce high
    quality, low-noise recordings. The music is
    Blues, Reggae and funky Jazz. Anything you
    can offer would be most appreciated!
    Thanks!
    J E E M A I

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    used both the fostex B16 and E16 which are very similar and was VERY happy with the results, im planning on buying an MSR-16 this summer when i move back to the US.

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    Which sounds / perform better out of the two ?

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    In general, the Fostex machines are electronically superior to the Tascam machines, but the Tascam's are mechanically superior.
    I.a.w, they're built like a tank and very reliable.

    IMO, parts are easier to find for the Tascam and cheaper.

    Search this forum, there's been quite some Fostex/Tascam discussion.

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    I have an MSR 16 and it's a very nice machine. The sound quality is excellent and it's a very well engineered, solid workhorse.

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    I will aslo endorse the msr-16. I found one a few years ago and I am very happy with it. At that time I was moving up from a Fostex R-8 (1/4 inch 8track). I have no experience recording a Hammond, but the MSR-16 works well with guitars and drums. I must admit that I usually seek a more bluesy, raunchy, "live" sound so I can't speak on the machine's performance in, for example, a "cool jazz" application. Basically, I think that you will appreciate the warm, deep sound of this tape machine and you will be glad that you didn't decide to find some digital/computer solution.

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    Do you feel the R8 sounded better ?

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    As I mentioned earlier I have an MSR 16 and I also have an old Fostex A-8 which is a precursor to the R-8. The A-8 is basically the same except you can only record up to four channels at a time (even though it's an 8-track).

    This may be a surprise but the Fostex sounds just as good to me as the MSR 16 though the MSR 16 is a vastly superior machine in terms of flexibility, features and engineering. The Fostex broke down quite a bit...quite a dinky machine but as I said the sound is very good.

    One important sonic feature is the noise reduction system supplied with the unit. The Fostex has Dolby C and the Tascam DBX. That can be a very critical part of your decision though not many people mention that. (One feature of the MSR 16 is you can use an external NR system if you want and defeat the internal one.)

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    The Dolby C on a Fostex B16 can be bypassed, so yuo can use an exterial NR unit.

    I have a MSR24S with dolby S which is superior sounding to DBX.

    The Fostex G series has Dolby S as well and it was the late Stephen Paul who said that the G series were better sounding than the MSR series.

    Actually the Fostex G24S sounds better than some two inch machines.

    But I wouldn't trade a Fostex for my Tascam, which I've bought new in 1992 and it has never let me down, not for a split second.

    A very good sounding and reliable machine!

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    I run 2 MSR-16's synched with a Midiizer. Every one is right. They are workhorses. Solid in everyway. Love the sound to, especially with acoustic guitars.

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