It's Done! Long road, but it's done and sounds amazing! Mixes sound like a record! I am totally sold on mixing to Analog tape.
Doing the final setup with the MRL was a challenge, not the normal alignment part but I had to setup everything such as erase depth, Rec Lin, Bias Freq... So it was an all day and evening thing... But Its now done and running amazingly.
Total cost... (not to mention the hours spent)
$2438.59 (original unit w/shipping was $749)
Thanks for following along. Here is links to all the installments.
The Adventure Begins
Part 1 Rebuild the rack and replace all the IC sockets...
Part 2 Re-assembly
Part 3 Rebuilding all the Molex Connectors.
Part 4 We Got Sound!
Part 4 Smoke in the studio!
Part 5 The final Stretch!