Man, I'm sorry you've been having so much trouble trying to get an 8-track! And it breaks my heart to see yet another wonderful tape recorder destroyed through incompetent packing and rough handling. I'm getting leery about shipping anything, ever.
Yep ... I'm done with buying a R2R that has to be shipped. If it's not somewhere close enough for me to drive, I'm not going to mess with it. I just don't seem to have the luck for it.