A couple years ago I stupidly bid on a Tascam 80-8 + M30 rig on Ebay. Let's just say the 80-8 was beat by the time it got here. The reel tables were warped and the hubs broken. I should have fussed about that but I did buy it "as-is", so that was a $490 lesson. :(
Anyway, it had so many things wrong with it that it ended up in the basement. Here's the list of what it needs:
head relap, capstan bearings, reel tables, hubs, pinch roller, and the channel cards need refurbishing as they're noisy and 2 of them won't pass record or erase bias.
I'm guessing it'd cost close to a grand to fix this thing. Is it worth putting that much into, or should I just put it out to the curb and chalk it up to experience?
I should have stuck with the 388 in good nick I was trying to bid on at the time. Oh well. C'est la vie or something like that.