Christian and Mike, the main issue is the total lack of tech back up in the UK.
I run a planetarium-grade Barco Cine 9 crt projector, in my opinion the high water mark of analog technology in the video field (overkill on a par w/Mike's bleeding edge Studer), and we're down to one remaining tech in the UK. Fingers crossed he doesn't suffer a cardiac arrest ! Or die of old age.
I've invested £55k/$130k in this baby since 1998. This is stressful enough w.out 1/having to buy a SOTA R2R from the US or on Ebay, 2/being all at sea re availability of titles, 3/having no techhead to share headaches with.
R2R is just not for me, despite being all too aware how it takes analog superiority to unprecedented levels.