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    I'm strongly thinking of buying a 16 track, looking at the Fostex and Tascam offerings.

    I found a local MSR16 and the guy says its in excellent shape, and I can go try it out at his studio.

    Any advice when Im there? Are these prone to any special problems other than typical reel to reel stuff?

    Also what is a fair price if it's the condition he says it's in?

    My current deck is a Fostex m80 which I love but really need more tracks at this point.
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    Things to check.

    1 - Check the heads and guides to see if they're worn or in need of a re-lap. Replacement and/or repair will be expensive.

    2 - Make a recording on all 16 channels of some test tones and watch the levels carefully on playback to see that they all work and reproduce steady tones that don't warble or oscillate in level which would indicate poor alignment/calibration.

    3 - Check all the transport functions repeatedly to ensure there's nothing funky with the logic, tension and brakes.

    If you're not prepared to fix issues, step away from it.

    Price-wise, depending on condition, I'd say $800 would be about the maximum I'd pay for one in full working condition.

    Cheers!

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    Quick thought, I would buy the Tascam if the thing checks out like Ghost suggested. Keep in mind that parts for the Tascam are more available.

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    Here's the deal, I just check it out...

    It functions well, all channels play and record, appears to be kept clean...

    Heads look ok to me, (I will be posting pics and video momentarily)

    It has 2 issues, the rubber rollers, one of them is kind of hard and the other is sticky/"goo-ey"...can I still get these new? Should that be a deal breaker?

    I talked him down to $800...and he is trowing in 2 8-channel snakes, a 456 tape, and it also has the remote.

    It also needs basic calibration, which Im prepared for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred s. View Post
    Here's the deal, I just check it out...

    It functions well, all channels play and record, appears to be kept clean...

    Heads look ok to me, (I will be posting pics and video momentarily)

    It has 2 issues, the rubber rollers, one of them is kind of hard and the other is sticky/"goo-ey"...can I still get these new? Should that be a deal breaker?

    I talked him down to $800...and he is trowing in 2 8-channel snakes, a 456 tape, and it also has the remote.

    It also needs basic calibration, which Im prepared for.
    That's sounds reasonable.

    The pinch and tach roller can be replaced or resurfaced without too much expense and the calibration you might be able to do yourself if you get a test tape and have the manual.

    Cheers!

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    pics, quick cell phone shots...sorry for light glare.

    what do you guys think?






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    Lots of reflections in the photo so it's hard to say for sure but the wear looks even top to bottom which indicates a good mechanical alignment and the wear doesn't look extreme so you should be able to get a good many years of life out of it still, though turning the guide posts to a clean arc would help reduce tape wear and drop outs.

    Cheers!

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    Can I get new rollers from Tascam, also Manual?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred s. View Post
    Can I get new rollers from Tascam, also Manual?
    I have no way of knowing what they have stock on but I think the odds are good that they'd have at least a photocopy of the manual still and the pinch roller too. The tach roller might be more of question mark though. Call them and find out!

    Cheers!

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