I've begun the arduous process of cataloging/archiving/backing up my hundreds of DAT tapes, and I remember why i love my Otari DTR-8S: It's bulletproof, to date (although the hours are quite quite low for the years i've had it) and just a solid, dead pro piece of kit. I've hauled this thing to a number of smoky bars and clubs to capture bands sets, and it's performed like a champ at every turn. Although she sees precious little use these days, I love her. One of those pieces i'd be loathe to sell regardless of her decreasing utility. Months and months will go by without her services, but when i fire her up, it's on like Donkey Kong.