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RE: Need Advice on Cassette Deck Brand

" ... I see several formats. Dual tape, single tape, both vertical doors, 5" x about 14", all plastic front, aluminum front, tape door on the top instead of the front. Rack mount? Does any of that make any difference? ..."

Yes, they all decrease reliability. Get a single well deck. Auto reverse is a common feature, but unless it's a 3-motor dual capstan design, which is the mark of a premium unit usually, even that is just more complexity waiting to break.

Rack mount is irrelevant, because you don't have enough knowledge of the products available to know which were actually intended for pro users and which were glued on "bells and whistles" designed to attract the naive and uninformed buyer.

The front door material is irrelevant. All cassette deck doors are removable; it's purpose is to keep dust off the heads. Many pro users would remove the door (lift up and off it comes) when actually using the machine and always when servicing.

Edits: 01/13/17

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