Teac Tascam 80-8 eight channel reel-to-reel tape recorder recorded at 15 ips onto 1/2-inch tape. When carefully operated by someone determined to get the best out of it, it could come close to the sound of higher-end 1-inch recorders. Used by Boston, Chicago, The Bee Gees, and Willie Nelson. It got an unfairly-deserved reputation for being a lesser quality recorder. Wrong! These recorders are wonderful when handled right.