OK, OK, the people have spoken! It looks like our next step is to 2" analog. Our problem is we don't have $10k+ burning a hole in our pockets. We have at most $7k and if we could get that down to $5k, that would be even better. In that range it looks like we're limited to Sony/MCI JH-24's and Ampex MM1200's. I would love to get an Otari MX-80, that would probably be a perfect fit for us, but I haven't seen one for less than $8k. I am not including Soundcrafts and Lyrecs for presumed service and parts issues. Any suggestions or comments on the MCI and Ampex machines? Anyone have a Studer gold A827 they want to sell for $5k?