Hi All, This is my first message on this forum, until now I have been a passive member. There is a wealth of great info on here and some real knowledgeable folks! So here is my problem.... Can anybody help me? I have recently bought an Otari MX 5050 MK III 8 trk (without manual) and I am having a very frustrating time trying to record. I am using Quantegy 456 1/2 in tape All I want to do is record a 1k oscillation signal onto track 1.. The input level is fine, but when I playback what I have recorded, it is almost totally inaudiable - I need the headphone level on max, just to hear a faint tone. The recording settings are: track 1 "ready" mode "Individual" button selected, Track one's switch set to input The Playback settings are: Track 1 "Safe" mode "Individual" button selected Track one's switch set to "Repro" Am I doing something foolishly wrong here? I'm sure its the right kind of tape, but it may be a little damaged, as we put it on the wrong way at first and after rewinding the whole lot, there was a small pile of iron dust where the tape had been rubbing on the metal rod.... we also had the tape with the shiny side facing the head at first, and had to flip the reel back, so the darker matt side was against the head..... Your probably thinking - what an idiot ! I have tried every combination of record and playback settings, but still cannot get the same levels coming out, as are going in on the vu meters. I am considering calling someone in to look at it, but I thought I would consult you guys first... Would greatly appriciate any comments.. I would be over the moon to get this thing working !