I own two: I have an MCI 1" 8 track that is my go- to for tracking drums and bass. THICK. I have that parked at a studio with a Neve sidecar that my buddy owns. And yes, I have to pay my tech to get all 8 tracks working properly when I want to use it. It is very finicky. I also have an Otari 1/2" 8 track at home that I use for guitars . Vari sped things, I have found a lot of uses for that and it never takes much convincing to work.