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Have you worked with Marantz or Tascam cassette recorders?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by inquiring_mind4u, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. Hello,

    We've been using a Marantz PMD201 Portable Cassette Recorder for recording lectures and we've had some problems with the machine recording a little slow - about 3% slow.

    We're thinking of trying a new recorder and we're considering the TASCAM 102 MKII Stereo Cassette recorder to replace the Marantz: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=home/search/detail/base_id/35315

    Based on your experience, do you think we'll get a more reliable recording if we go with this Tascam recorder?

    Thanks,

    Tim
     
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Tascam has a great rep for rugged quality units in the upper line. The others are not really in the same league although they are as good anything else. I've owned and used the 122MKIII for over 10-years now and it is still as good as they day I bought it with the heads just starting to show wear. The 122MKII is cheaper and is also a great unit.
     
  3. omaru

    omaru Active Member

    > We've been using a Marantz PMD201 Portable Cassette Recorder for recording lectures and we've had some problems with the machine recording a little slow - about 3% slow.

    Does it matter?

    If it records slow, it will also play back slow.

    Doesn't seem to be a problem.

    cheers

    omaru
     
  4. Sebatron

    Sebatron Well-Known Member

    If it's played back on another machine it may appear slow.
    If it appears slow on another machine then it would be recording fast....
    If it's recording fast it is most likely a slipped belt that isn't sitting in the groove of the pulley gear properly.
    If the belt has slipped it means that the belt has lost its elasticity and should be replaced..... and re-fitted......

    If , on the other hand , things sound fast on another machine it could be wear on the motor because it would be recording slow....
    A motor with less torque would do this.
     

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