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Old 22nd May 2019
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Originally Posted by Brian M. Boykin View Post
You’ve motivated me to get started on my JH16. My console and preamps are transformerless so I chose to get the transformer love through the deck. This thread is no different from what I read when I was looking for a deck. It’s all reinforcement I made the right decision. My reasoning is that the later Studer’s and Otari’s are what digital offers now and if you want that analog tape sound then the older decks are the way to go. I had read several times that even the JH24’s are so close to digital it’s hard to tell them apart in a blind listening test. In 2019 if I want that I go digital. If I want tape, then Ampex mm1200, MCI JH16 or JH24, or a Studer A800. Oh, and the 3M M79. Too many people who’ve heard them all say Studer for reliability and MCI for Sonics. Also, if you go to Chris Mara’s website and watch his video on why he chose MCI’s, it becomes even more clear they are the wise choice. MCI used off the shelf parts. Studer manufactured their own parts. You can still get MCI parts from Mouser if you know what your looking for. Studer parts come from Studer and are in limited numbers. Hopefully their reputation of not breaking doesn’t turn into they break after 40 years and your screwed. Just food for thought.
I have approximately 3 full tape decks in spares parts for my JH-24 everything from reel motors, capstan motors, tape break sensors, audio cards, phase lock loop boards, lamp driver boards, logic boards, all the way down to Relays, buttons, and switches and a lot of it is still readily available and still being manufactured.
So yes I agree the Mci is a good choice in that aspect. I can see why people would choose a studer as well. I also love recording Digital via my Burl Mothership and even my apogee X series converters did a great job.

The bottom line is the talent being recorded, that’s what makes a recording. Period.

I rather mix a great band ITB that was recorded on adats then a sh!ty band on a Neve console & a 2 inch deck any day. I know what would sound better at the end of the day.