So, yeah… analog sure does sound awesome. But then there is the dark side. Last week I spent the entire week hunting down a problem in the monitor section of my console. The left side quit working, and I had to use the studio outs to monitor in the control room, and the aux sends to run the stereo headphone mix. A real pain in the ass. It cost me almost $300 to send them overnight to Arizona, so Andy Barret at Analog Domain could work on them. He generously spent about four hours on the phone with me on Wednesday, and he ended up fixing the problem, so all is well that ends well.
Then, I needed to raise the tape reel table on the Otari. They were stuck. I performed unmentionable acts of brute force to free them, and had to take a grinder to the reel motor shafts to get them to sit and work right. Yikes.
Be careful what you wish for. 😉