hey, I have been recording off and on for years with my Tascam 246, and am used to all the built-in features, and it still works great after 20 years! I am looking to get an 8-track deck, and have the opportunity to buy a good used Tascam 38-8 for a decent price. I like working with tapes, which is fine for my purposes. Questions I am hoping to get some help with: 1. does anyone know where I can get some overview info on the 38-8 (channel inputs/outputs, general capabilities)? I can't find anything on the net after extensive searching... Tascam doesn't help either... 2. how limiting is the head arrangement of the 38-8 versus the 80-8? 3. what type of NR equipment is used (or required) with these decks? I am used to the built-in DBX of the 246, but that doesn't seem to be on the 38-8's (?) My goal (for now) is to create a simple 8-track setup for recording tracks with my boys, who are all becoming talented musicians (drummer, sax, piano) to add to my guitar/bass. We could "go digital", but I am still "old school" Thanks for any help/suggestions!!