I dug my B77 half track out of the closet this morning. All is well. I spun an old 2 track master on it this afternoon and to my ears, everything sounded fine, although I might give her a going over for bias and alignment this weekend, just to be sure. (what I found funny and was pleased with is that all my edit points held. That tape is probably 25+ years old, and all the cuts held up.) About ten years ago, just about the time that I put it away, one of the VU Meter lights was out, and I replaced both, but instead of white, I used a set of red bulbs (it's all I had hanging around at the time) and I'd forgotten about that until I powered it up today, and saw those VU's looking up at me like a couple of evil red eyes. It has a kind of "Amittyville Horror" look about it... LOL (GEEETTT OUTTTT!) My intention is to take some existing digital projects that I have, and mix them down to tape... I don't know that there will be much difference (if any) in choosing between simply transferring an existing 2 mix wave file versus printing from the actual master stereo out of the multi-track project file, but I'm gonna find out. Believe it or not, I actually have a brand new, unopened reel of 499 that I plan on using. I'm going to inspect it first to make sure the backing is okay, but I'm looking forward to tracking to tape again, just for fun.