Well... couldn't keep off the Craigslist, Wifey and Jr. are in Europe for the summer, so what with no one to police me.....
I've found a Sony TC 766-2 local, on CL... the deck is beat up, and according to the seller "the lights come on, but it doesn't 'go' when you press the 'go' button"
The ask was $150....
I dashed over, got the deck for $100... and it seems the tape wasn't threaded properly..... so the 'go' button...seems to work after all!
IF this deck functions, I can FINALLY start enjoying proper 2 track 15 ips, and it has a 4 track playback function as well, so I won't even have to abandon my 4 track collection.
I'm staring at it right now, and I'm going to plug it in, and see what it can do!
Mike, sounds like you have found a bit of heaven on earth with the 1/2" Studer!! Yeesh!!!
Ok, off I go, I will add pics later. I don't even know WHERE to begin with this thing, as it needs a good bit of 'cosmetic' work, missing knobs, headstack cover, nameplate, side panels, and the obligatory deep scratches, dented corners and such.
They really are nice, solid looking decks.... but this example needs a lot of help in the looks dept.