Hi, I have been wanting one of these for a long time and finally bought one about a year ago. I have probably 40-50 hours of recording on it and now I am pretty much unable to record even one track without multiple dropouts on playback. Mostly I'm using it to make backups of my CDs but I love MD and in the past I used it for some garage band recordings and "taping" live radio shows off the air. I have been using brand new media (to the extent MD media can be new, but at least it's sealed). It seemed like Sharp media started becoming a problem so I tried other brands. TDK and Maxell seem to work better but the problem is still there. I tried analog vs. coax and the source does not have any affect on the dropouts. Whether I copy a CD from the same deck or a separate deck has no effect. The recordings still have dropouts. I checked the recorded discs in a lower end Sony, the dropouts are much worse. I have not yet been able to check whether discs recorded on another deck play ok in the TASCAM but when it plays it really sounds fantastic. The firmware on the unit is the latest available version from TASCAM. These are no longer made and I saw the announcement on the TASCAM US site that it had been discontinued but might be available in other regions so I bought another one, probably the last one in my country and it is still in the box. I was hoping the rainy day would be a long way off but it seems like it's already here. Can anybody suggest what could be wrong? I don't want to send it to TASCAM. It would be expensive to mail and if it gets lost or broken it's essentially unobtanium. I'm ok with basic electronic and mechanical repairs but it's been a long time since I had anything on a bench. I could not find the appropriate forum subcategory. This device isn't analog (ok, it has an AD converter) but this is the only DIY Repair section so I thought to try here. Thank you.