Lurking inside of every tube-a-holic lays a desire for the ultimate in analogue, else the tapeworm would not lurk there.
Yes, tape. Hissy, compensated, over-saturated, compromised beyond belief -- or not. Naiamichis are great for the teensy-weensie cassette tapes but I wouldn't want to leave one to my grandkids, and I've had 'em all, Dragons, RX 505s, yada yada.
No, I want those big 10-inch reels and the tape to go with them. With the new ATR and Pyral tape they are absolutely silent and will absorb all the dynamics you can slam into them. BASF also makes quality tape. No hiss. Just the finest sound, and the vinyl takes a breather. No need to "stuff" the VU meters, either. Keep 'er at zero dB, let the occasional boom from the orchestra or The Band hit +3 but on a good deck, don't slam the meters like we did when we was kids.
My pleasure is a Technics RS-1506, which is the four-track version of the 1500. Holger has a stash of Revox A-77s he is restoring between orders. I like the Technics better for aesthetic reasons, but it's a bitch to thread. To each his own.
Now, to the reason for this post. Who else among us has the tapeworm, and what are his/her experiences and advice?
Going digital to analogue, which is what one must do, and to preserve the old vinyl, the aged HQ tape deck is my preference. I welcome a food fight on this matter.