Hi, Newbie poster here. I'm going to be purchasing a 2" machine in the near future (probably 24 trk to make the clients happy, but would like to have the option of sticking a 16 trk head on there without too much trouble, to make me happy). I've been doing a fair amount of research and I'm leaning toward the Otari MX-80 for it's sound/maintance ratio (seems to be pretty good). I've looked at all the graphs at http://www.endino.com/graphs/ and it would seem to support my tentative decision... Any one have any suggestions? I'm wanting to stay in the $8k and under area... Groove on and thanks for the great threads! Doug ps - especially the drum phase/micing techinque one... that rocked!