Jenny, I suppose you could scale down your wish list a bit and settle for recording a mouse fart. In all seriousness, there are a few more recorders made by marantz that sell for around 800 too $1000. Some of the older models that may still be around have very few menus and lots of manual switches you can use to change parameters that the newer recorders have placed inside menus. I have used a couple of them and I would say that their mike pre-amps are far worse than the Edirol-r1 or the Microtrack. In addition, they are quite a bit larger. If you want to know more, I'll research a few model numbers and links where they can be read about. What happens if you feed a mouse scotch and then try to record it? Neal -----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jenny Axler Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 4:50 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: digital recorder specs. oh my, i was so worried about the specs, that Sound Devices recorder does sound so wonderful, I certainly won't rule it out completely, but would like to have something a bit cheaper if possible, maybe for half that or so. Anyhow, i was so focused on it, I didn't even notice the ant fart thing. Oh I do want some of what Dan Jenny and Neil are drinking.