I play electric and acoustic guitar, and want to start recording. I don't want to use a computer, so I was thinking about getting a Fostex MR16HD. Then one day I picked up my Jimi Hendrix Signature Licks book by Andy Aledort (bear with me) and read his notes on the stellar sounding CD that was included. He used a Tascam DA88, a Mackie Mixer, and 'mixed down" to a Tascam DAT machine. The only other equipment used were two effect units, an Alesis 3630 compressor, and a Rane RE14 stereo equalizer. I looked up the DA88 on eBay, and it goes for $400-$500 A few questions: 1) Does digital 8 track tape sound better than today's digital units (in other words, would this tape machine sound better than the Fostex unit I was looking at)? 2) Could I start recording with just a mixer and the DA88? (obviously I would need mics) 3) What's the purpose of having the DA88 and the DAT machine, as used in Andy's recording? 4) Would I need both the DA88 and a DAT machine? 5) Does the DA88 have outputs for monitors and/or headphones? (looked this one up, could not find out) Also, I was rather surprised at the audio quality, seeing as how the only mic preamps were on the Mackie mixer. This leads me to believe that standalone preamps may be unnecessary (?) thanks in advance for help.