This is such a cool item! I would love to play with it, as I had a r2r for a while, but you're still a little far away. I was one of those nerds in the 70s that had an Akai 8 track recorder! They were challenging, because if you made a mistake, or if the record skipped, you had to wind the entire tape through and start over. But then cassette tapes and Dolby noise reduction came along, and the 8 track became history. Was a fun ride while it lasted. (still got my Thorens turntable and vinyl though)