I have an otari mx5050bII which needs to be serviced but I'll have it done and will be using it in the near future. Lately I've been looking at the 2" machines... I will have one someday...heh
No longer made, but Otari MX5050B preamps are nice. And you can often find two (maybe even with a working tape transport!) for under $500.
Tascam BR-20 or Otari MTR-10 or MTR-12 or Otari MX5050B MKII or Otari MX-55 or Tascam ATR-60 Tascam ATR-60 Reel To Reel 1/2" 2 Track Mastering Tape | Reverb Best of luck. What ever you purchase make sure it is mechanically sound and not much head wear, good hunting.
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