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    Any users of the tascam 234 or 238? What's your experience with these?

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    I have a couple of 238s. Great sketch pad for getting ideas down.

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    Arrow The 234's cool, too.

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    I want a 234!

    I'm waiting for Dave to sell me one of his!

    Waddia say, Dave?

    Need some pocket change?

    Cheers!

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    I've had a 238 for about 3 years, picked it up real cheap from a friend...I love it. Of course it's the first (& only) thing I ever tried recording on, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison.

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    How hard is it to sync two 234's?

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    It's not worth it. You would have to buy an external sync device and lose a track on each machine frfom SMPTE time code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonis_youth
    How hard is it to sync two 234's?
    It's beyond hard. It's impossible because the 234 can not perform as a slave transport and in a multi-machine lock up, one deck must chase or "slave" to the the master deck.

    And, even it it could, Track Rat's advice is 100% true. Too much real estate to give up and external equipment required to make a 6 track recorder.

    Cheers!

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    On a related note....Are these models prone to transport motor problems?
    I was gonna pick up a 238 on e-bay. Watched for a few months to spot a good deal. I saw auction after auction for them that said things like...
    "Something wrong with the speed.." or
    "this plays real slow at first until it warms up.."
    and a lot of them wouldn't disclose anything about the condition ...very scary. A lot of them would try and act like they didn't know anything about them and that they couldn't test them. Yet they would have all sorts of music gear for sale. ....trying to walk a fine line around the term as is.
    "Is this thing on"??????

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    Arrow Ok, here's the scoop:...

    First, the 234 is belt drive, and it's prone to the typical belt failures of other similar units this age. To replace the capstan-drive belt is a full tear down and removal of the cassette mech from the chassis, but it's a moderate level repair for the DIY'er. If the 234's FF/RW mechanism fails, it's due to two little rubber tires that may also deteriorate. To replace the FF/RW "tires" it requires a further teardown of the cassette mechanism. FF/RW mechanism repair is a good deal of work for the hearty DIY'er, and not for the novice or tech-timid,... even though it's only two low-tech little rubber tires. It's more of a matter of where & how those tires are mounted.

    Then, the 238 is Direct-Drive capstan. If/when the user reports "speed issues", it simply means a component in the direct drive motor mechanism is going on the blink, and it's NOT a DIY'er's repair. Tascam Factory Service is required. I believe it's roughly a $200 repair, total.

    Wonder how I know that??

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