I have done quite a bit of research on this piece and even though it is renown for it's horrible Auto-Revers mechanisms, I still wonder if it would be a good piece for me to start out my venture of analog recordings. A friend has one that he told me to take home, try it, and then shoot him any offer if he liked it. He has not used in about 10 years and it still has the dust cover (which does not look like it has been removed in 10 years either). A couple of things that I find wrong with it: -The pot for mic input 2 trim is kinda bad. It's dirty to turn it and you need to touch it/tap it to get it to work well. -The counter does not work. I have read that this is common for a belt to break that drives the counter. Is that true and something that could be bought cheap? -You have to slight move the left reel before you can move anywhere after stopping. It sounds like something is clicking and resetting into place... Problem, or standard procedure? Cosmetically it is mint, just a little dirty. Everything else works wonderfully on it. I was thinking of offering him about 75 for it. Too high? Too low? Just right? Please give me some feed back. I'm going to go buy some Quantegy GP9 1/4" tape on 7" reel tomorrow from a local vendor. I want to test it with some high quality tape to see how it really reacts/sounds. One last question: Does anyone have any advice or links to guides for gain staging in analog? I hardly know how to read a true VU meter and judge what will be tape saturated gain and what will just sound like distorted junk. Thanks for all of your help!