Originally Posted by blinkSaunders
by set up...do you mean aligned and degaussed? what else should i look for?
Tape path alignment, EQ over bias, play, record, etc. pretty much everything when you're dealing with analog tape set up has to be pretty precise. Seems like more trouble than it's worth with a 4 track though. I really can't see it working to well for mastering unless the deck was an ATR, Studer, Scully or something else stellar. Even then as Narcoman said probably "not so great".