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Comment by Jennie Ann on November 17, 2009 at 12:04
If it is an older Sony transcriber, then that is okay. Just don't get a new Sony. They have plastic gears and break down. If it is a Sony BM-75 and older, i.e., Sony BM-45, Sony BM-46, or BM-50, those are good workhorses.
Comment by Agnes Novak on November 17, 2009 at 11:54
Hello, Jennie. I called Don Smith and the only transcribers he has available are Sony 2-tracks. I thought you had mentioned to me not to get a Sony and that is what I mentioned to him.
Am I correct?
Comment by Jennie Ann on November 12, 2009 at 7:55
Agnes, call this guy up. His name is Don Smith of Tysons Office Equipment. (703) 893-2503. He also repairs standard audio cassette transcribers. So, if you buy a used one on eBay, he can provide repair services.
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Comment by Kathleen Russell on November 11, 2009 at 14:41
Check the Goodwill stores or Salvation Army secondhand stores, they usually have them for a couple of dollars. The machines of course.
Comment by Agnes Novak on November 11, 2009 at 14:10
Jennie, I tried to purchase the Sanyo Memoscriber TRC-8080 because it seemed to be just what I was looking for but when I looked it up on line, there was a message that Sanyo does not carry these anymore.

Any suggestions? Agnes
Comment by Patricia Duck on November 11, 2009 at 13:26
I only buy the Sanyo Memoscriber TRC-8080 that Jennie mentioned. I've used them for the last 20 years or so and in that time, I've only had to buy about five. They are workhorses. They run about $500 and I buy them from Martel Electronics in California.
Comment by Jennie Ann on November 11, 2009 at 12:40
Oh, yeah. The Panasonic microcassette transcriber has better audio quality to my ear than the Olympus, Sanyo, and Sony models.

Of course, microcassette tapes usually suck, but after working on all models and suffering through the assine white noise and in-and-out audio volume, again, the Panasonic microcassette transcriber far exceeded the others, IMHO.

You can get a brand-new Panasonic microcassette transcriber for $200.
Comment by Jennie Ann on November 11, 2009 at 12:37
If I were buying a tape transcriber today, I would NOT -- I repeat -- NOT buy a NEW Sony. That said, the Sony BM-45, Sony BM-50, and Sony BM-75, are the only Sony transcribers that are workhorses.

The new Sony transcriber, i.e., Sony BM-80 and above, has plastic gears and breaks down often. It's a POS. You can get the older Sony BM models on eBay pretty cheap these days. I buy Sony BM-45 transcribers on eBay for about 40 bucks, have it serviced for about $75 to $100, and it lasts for years.

Now, if I wanted to buy a brand-new transcriber, I would definitely go with the Sanyo Memoscriber TRC-8080. It has a slide bar for speed of audio, which allows you to have 2.4 (slow speed) and 4.8 (normal speed), which is GREAT. You can get a new one for about $250 to $325, depending on where you look.

Comment by Agnes Novak on November 11, 2009 at 12:09
Can anyone tell me where I can purchase a regular dictaphone to transcribe recorded tapes, the larger ones or the smaller tapes?

PLEASE HELP!!!! I used this type of equipment when I worked in an office but do not have any for home use.

Thanks, Agnes

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