After a year of procrastination, got an MRL reel, some tape, and a freeware oscilloscope program. Mechanically it was just replace the capstan belt that needed replacement. Did a rough calibration, and deguassed/cleaned heads. We recorded live in a basement w/ some blankets and stuff. We'll do it at our studio w/ the machine at some point, but this is where we're at so far. Seems like every moving part has an adjustment, but just wanted to see what this thing sounded like. NO promotion here, just snapshot of my open reel journey. I Need Some Money by Gushusound on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free Used a 414 OH/nady kick mic thru art mpa, 57 snare, guitar, AT 3035 on bass thru mackie vlz board. Vocs overdubbed thru 57/mpa. Just wanted to show some personal WIP's. I'm pretty stoked, getting ready to try the spring verb unit that came w/ it. The rough balancing was digitized in DP modestly using liquid mix compression/eq, apogee converters. JW if any of the more experienced ears hear some inherit problems w/ the machine, as the adjustments get quite baffling to me, beyond a mechanicaly functioning recorder. I think there's alot of work that could be done, but i'm pretty happy w/ the recorder so far. I think mybe the erase head needs some adjustment, maybe? cuz i can hear our old takes on 'blank' spaces of tape. we're using the same tape again, and again. Where do i go from here, now that the recorder is recording? any tips? thanks. P.s It seems i caught a 34, not the 34b which has some more comprehensive stuff goin on, just gonna use what i got for what it does.