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    2488 Rewind Button Getting Cantankerous....

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    .....dammit. Just like some of the other 2488's I've heard about. I'm having to give the rewind button about twice the pressure of the other transport buttons to make it work.

    I'm predicting complete button failure in about 1-1/2 projects. There's an authorized TASCAM repair shop in Dallas. I'm gonna call 'em soon to let 'em know I'm on my way.
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    I was about to sink some money into one of these...

    Tell me about any other problems?
    Instead of a Do Not Disturb Sign, I need one that says "Already Disturbed. Proceed With Caution".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokket View Post
    I was about to sink some money into one of these...

    Tell me about any other problems?
    None so far, for me at least. They are not well suited to environments where there is a lot of vibration (for example, recording live gigs, placed on a table that isn't too solid and gets bumped a lot). And if you do record live, and record a whole set's worth of songs as a single recording, there is no easy way to split it into component songs.

    But it's well suited for home recording. I've had mine for about 2-1/2 years, and with moderate use that rewind button is the only thing that has gone south, and it's not even inoperative yet - it may continue to work fine just the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaphod B View Post
    None so far, for me at least. They are not well suited to environments where there is a lot of vibration (for example, recording live gigs, placed on a table that isn't too solid and gets bumped a lot). And if you do record live, and record a whole set's worth of songs as a single recording, there is no easy way to split it into component songs.

    But it's well suited for home recording. I've had mine for about 2-1/2 years, and with moderate use that rewind button is the only thing that has gone south, and it's not even inoperative yet - it may continue to work fine just the way it is.
    Good info to have Zaphod. I have read lots worse stories about the 2488, especially the original version. But at the current going price of $700, it is soooo tempting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oancient1 View Post
    Good info to have Zaphod. I have read lots worse stories about the 2488, especially the original version. But at the current going price of $700, it is soooo tempting.
    Most of the horror stories I heard were the original versions, with the original firmware load, and there were some pretty ugly quirks associated with that firmware. Also people using them for recording live have always complained about the units locking up mid-recording and losing that session's data.

    My unit is the original hardware version but the firmware is the later version, and it's been very stable.

    For $700 bucks - that's an incredible amount of capability for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaphod B View Post
    .....dammit. Just like some of the other 2488's I've heard about. I'm having to give the rewind button about twice the pressure of the other transport buttons to make it work.

    I'm predicting complete button failure in about 1-1/2 projects. There's an authorized TASCAM repair shop in Dallas. I'm gonna call 'em soon to let 'em know I'm on my way.
    cantankerous huh? ironic.

    seriously, how long have you had your 2488?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole_Rose View Post
    cantankerous huh? ironic.

    seriously, how long have you had your 2488?
    Yeah, the irony is killing me, too.

    Ummmm, I think I got it in June of 2006. It's a Mk I with the final firmware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaphod B View Post
    Yeah, the irony is killing me, too.

    Ummmm, I think I got it in June of 2006. It's a Mk I with the final firmware.
    I am going to give it a try... in about 6 months...

    Thanks for the information!
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    One of my cursor key's was a bit tempremental for a while but seems to be OK again now. Possibly some dirt on the switch contacts? If it's possible to get access inside then a quick squirt of contact cleaner will probably sort it (used to this a lot with my SR16s pads).

    I've also had my 2488 since 2006 (latest firmware) and, with the exception of 1 minor write failure which I put down to overheating after a long seesion, I have had no problems.

    In fact I like the machine so much that I am planning on getting a 2nd one (possibly a mkII or a used mkI) to sync up and make a 48 tracks / 14 inputs monster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokket View Post
    I am going to give it a try... in about 6 months...

    Thanks for the information!
    You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it.
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