I taped on and off from 86-90 (so, i was around at the beginning of digital taping..carrying sony F1 PCM beta equipment..lol) taping about 50 of the dead shows i saw from about 86-90 then stopped for a number of reasons.. the largest I sold my equipment and anything else for dope.
then after Jerry's death I again got bitten. I went through GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) I finaly had the $ to try EVERYTHING i always wanted. in the 2 years i returned to taping i tried...
Nuemann TLM-170 (Doug Oades old pair, the things just made good tapes on their own..)
Schoeps CMC 6 MK 4,41 MSTC4
Nuemann KM 140
Sonasax sx?? preamp
Apogee AD1000 A/d
lol.. lots of stuff..
During my previous taping adventure I originally used a Marantz PMD 430 and Nakamichi mics.
After my partner Cliff and I purchased the Sony PCM601 F1 and recorder we found the naks a lil noisy and patched in w/friends w/unlimited budgets and better mics.
It was a great hobby. I ended up selling my second set of equipment to purchase a 98 HD Softail!(so, it can be an expensive hobby)!! which i sold to buy these kids of mine..sorta? lol now how do i trade them in? lol
If you're thinking about takin' the plunge and buying equipment one of the most true bits of advice i heard was..
The difference between a $100 setup w/electret mics. and a tape deck and a $400-500 set up consisting of entry level digital recorder and a stereo mic will be enormous. but the difference between that $500 rig and a $5000 rig is far less obvious and the difference between a $5000 rig and a $10,000 rig is yet even smaller! Once you make that first jump in quality the steps up become far more expensive and far less noticeable. It's a lot like chasing Jerry's tone as a guitar player, your always one purchase away from the holy grail.
If theres something you want to know just ask, myself and I'm sure if any other tapers are here we love to talk shop. My knowledge starts getting a lil weak on some of the newer recorders. but mics. mic. placement etc.. all remain the same, pretty much!