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    This looks interesting. Can't find any info to back it up. But it would great if this were true!!

    http://surfguitar101.com/modules.php...wtopic&t=13419

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    Lets just hope it's not an early April fools joke. Would be great for analogue, in general, if true. I may drop a note to Otari for confirmation / clarification.

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    There was a rumour like that a few years ago. Although I also had heard you could if you had sufficient cash, special order a 4 track from Otari a few years ago as well, basically built to order probably about as much as new BMW. Note that the link is to the 5050 half track, and there ain't no mention in any of the Otari news releases....

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    I think that's just wishful thinking on that other forum.

    If Otari had ANY plans to manufacture multitrack analog decks again...you KNOW the buzz would be all over since they would want to churn up interest and potential buyers.

    I have the latest Otari 2-track that's shown in that link...and I don't think they even make those anymore, instead, I beleive they simply made a bunch of them, put them in storage...and they sell them as needed.
    I don't think the assembly lines are running anymore for any analog decks.

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    You can buy the 1/2 track 5050 for $6,700.00 I doubt if the multi trackers will be obtainable.

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    Don't give up the ghost because there is a bit brewing in China!

    And you can bet those might be pretty decent units.

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    You can still get (big league) machines from ATR. It looks like they either recycle parts and remanufacture parts that they don't have. So they are technically "refurbished" a lot like a car restoration I'd suppose, is it old or is it new?

    I've also heard that rumour about Chinese mfg, but haven't seen any info.

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    No...the Neve doesn't have all those high-tech, upgraded options like the Behringer....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GCalo View Post
    Don't give up the ghost because there is a bit brewing in China!

    And you can bet those might be pretty decent units.
    I wouldn't bet on it.

    They have trouble manufacturing & assembling 10 electric guitars in a row exactly the same way...I can't see them doing any better with a multi-track deck that has tons of precision parts and all kinds of delicate electronics.

    I'm not trying to just slam the Chinese...but man, their QC sucks big time, and they are known for slipping in shoddy/cheap raw materials (even toxic crap) just to lower the production costs.

    But I hope I'm wrong...it would be great to see them put out a TASCAM, OTARI...or dare I say it --- a Studer quality deck!!!

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    ^^what he said...I picture cheap quality, lowest-bidder electronics, soft metals and lousy finishes that wear quickly, generally loose tolerances etc...if it's an unreliable machine you want, get a vintage deck, at least it'll be built like a tank so it won't dent when you bang your head against it

    Of course you've got guys like Randy Blevins and Chris Mara doing some nicely refurbed vintage MCIs...and while they sell 'em for top dollar relative to the used market, they're still a much better deal than $6700 for a new (and dare I say pedestrian) 5050...don't get me wrong, they're very solid venerable decks, but wowsers...especially when you can get used 5050s for three digits (even after cleaning up and flogging some spare parts in 'em)...

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