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# Best microcassette recorders for under $50.00 S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 Hi there- I would like to get a microcassette recorder to record therapy sessions on my speakerphone....i have tried the GE 35377, twice, and both broke down very quickly (don't buy that thing...money down the drain!). But what is a reliable model (for under$50.00)? I sure don't know. I am
not keen on going digital cause money IS an issue, plus i need
something with removeable media (& i believe only the more expensive
digital recorders come with removable cards, not to mention the cards
themselves which are more money than tapes). Really appreciate any
suggestions. Thanks.

shygirl

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#### James Douglas

Jan 1, 1970
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Hi there-
I would like to get a microcassette recorder to record therapy sessions
on my speakerphone....i have tried the GE 35377, twice, and both broke
down very quickly (don't buy that thing...money down the drain!). But
what is a reliable model (for under $50.00)? I sure don't know. I am not keen on going digital cause money IS an issue, plus i need something with removeable media (& i believe only the more expensive digital recorders come with removable cards, not to mention the cards themselves which are more money than tapes). Really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks. shygirl You would have more$$if you ditched therapy and the cell phone....... M #### Marc Heusser Jan 1, 1970 0 I would like to get a microcassette recorder to record therapy sessions on my speakerphone....i have tried the GE 35377, twice, and both broke down very quickly (don't buy that thing...money down the drain!). But what is a reliable model (for under$50.00)? I sure don't know. I am
not keen on going digital cause money IS an issue, plus i need
something with removeable media (& i believe only the more expensive
digital recorders come with removable cards, not to mention the cards
themselves which are more money than tapes). Really appreciate any
suggestions. Thanks.

burn to CD if necessary.
Using a Marantz PMD-670 (too expensive for your needs) for the same
purpose.
Otherwise get an old Olympus microcassette recorder off e-bay - but mind
you the tapes are not free either. (There are inductive telephone
adapters and cheap condensor microphones for it too.)

HTH

Marc

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#### RaeMorrill

Jan 1, 1970
0
For what purpose? If you're taping them for someone else to transcribe
be ready for rates to go up. Recording off speakerphone could be bad.

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#### [email protected]

Jan 1, 1970
0
Thanks Marc.....i don't know *anything* about mp3 recorders.....i liked
the microcassette recorder idea cause i thought it was the cheapest
solution plus i can use it for other things too like taping lectures if
i want.

shygirl

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#### TimPerry

Jan 1, 1970
0
Hi there-
I would like to get a microcassette recorder to record therapy sessions
on my speakerphone....i have tried the GE 35377, twice, and both broke
down very quickly (don't buy that thing...money down the drain!). But
what is a reliable model (for under $50.00)? I sure don't know. I am not keen on going digital cause money IS an issue, plus i need something with removeable media (& i believe only the more expensive digital recorders come with removable cards, not to mention the cards themselves which are more money than tapes). Really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks. shygirl well since you have a computer why not record directly to it? use a free program like Audacity. for the removable media: thumb drives are really cheap these days M #### Mortimer Schnurd Jan 1, 1970 0 TimPerry said: well since you have a computer why not record directly to it? use a free program like Audacity. 1> ALL "micro" cassette machines are shit. They all sound poor,eat batteries and they are limited in time. 2> Regular cassette machines are MUCH better and cheap, can use C-120 tapes.Digital machines are the best and you can archive to CD-R. 3> Use a direct connect interface, speakerphones SUCK,sound choppy are extremely annoying. If you are that lazy buy a headset. If I was your patient I would hang up on you. 4> This one is a biggie. Recording telephone calls without the PRIOR CONSENT OF THE OTHER PARTY IS A CRIME IN MOST STATES AND FALLS UNDER FEDERAL LAWS. If caught you would lose a lot, more than likely your practice. J #### Joe Kesselman Jan 1, 1970 0 Consider digital, or minidisk. (Followups set to sci.med.transcription) S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 Well, that was quite the post!! Why do you assume the other person does not know what i am doing???? (& i am doing it with only one person, btw). I would like to know that, please. The person does know in fact, and i asked her permission before doing it. As far as being "lazy" goes, that is not the issue.....i am no techy, and this is simply the only idea i came up with to record my sessions over the phone. I can *maybe" agree with one thing you have said here tho.....i have read quite a number of reviews on microcassette recorders now and it does seem they are not very reliable...maybe i am better off chosing another method of doing this, i don't know. But I liked the portability of a recorder and the fact i could use it for other things. shygirl PS my speaker phone sounds pretty good actually...to me and to the person on the other end. S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 hi- no, the tapes are for personal use only, so that i can play them back as much as i need to...i don't plan to have them transcribed. shygirl S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 well, yes, obviously!!!! S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 hmmm....this is an interesting idea......i would need to get some kind of a mic i suppose....i will look into this, i think. thanks. How good is the sound quality? compared to a m-recorder? Do you know? shygirl S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 To Mr. Perry: Well, that was quite the post!! Why do you assume the other person does not know what i am doing???? I would like to know that, please. The person does know in fact, and i asked her permission before doing it.....and i am the patient, btw, not the therapist. As far as being "lazy" goes, that is not the issue.....i am no techy, and this is simply the only idea i came up with to record my sessions over the phone. I can *maybe" agree with one thing you have said here tho.....i have read quite a number of reviews on microcassette recorders now and it does seem they are not very reliable...maybe i am better off chosing another method of doing this, i don't know. But I liked the portability of a recorder and the fact i could use it for other things. shygirl PS my speaker phone sounds pretty good actually...to me and to the person on the other end. S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 To Mr. Morrill: I tape my sessions purely for personal use.....i want to be able to play them back as much as i want/need to. I will not be transcribing them. shygirl S #### [email protected] Jan 1, 1970 0 sorry, i am new at using google to post.....i think my reply to Mr. Perry should have been directed at Mr. Schnurd. shygirl T #### TimPerry Jan 1, 1970 0 hmmm....this is an interesting idea......i would need to get some kind of a mic i suppose....i will look into this, i think. thanks. How good is the sound quality? compared to a m-recorder? Do you know? shygirl for the archival voice grade use you have specified almost any computer soundcard should be adequate. almost any type of cheap (like$5) computer microphone placed near the
speaker phone should be adequate. an omni directional pickup lavaliere type
would be fine.

this is assuming your computer has a functional mic input (most do) and
enough hard drive space to record large audio files. (and a few other
assumptions)

regarding recording phone conversations: this will vary state to state in
the USA but in general as long as one party knows the recording is in
progress it is OK.
often, as in the case of harassing calls, law enforcement agencies request
that recording be done to assist in the investigation. use of the recorded
material is a separate issue.

of course there are better and more elegant ways to record, such as the use
of telephone hybrids or voice couplers but for your stated purpose and
budget are simply not necessary.

there are many other types of recording devices available, however nearly
all will not meet your stated needs: cost, size, features, complexity of
operation, limited recording time and so on.

i am currently field testing a Zoom flash card recorder. even after buying
the largest smartmedia card it will take (128MB) and switching to the lowest
data rate it only records for about 120 min. then you have to "dub" in
real-time to archive the data unless you invest in a card reader. many of
these type of devices are aimed at musicians who want to create and edit
songs, therefore have an excess of features you will not need: want a beat
track? drums? bass? ... i didn't think so

a drawback to my recommendation is that you might have some startup
headaches getting the mic functioning / adjusted but once up and running it
should be smooth sailing. if your computer is relatively new you may not
have any problems at all... just plug, install the recorder, and go.

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#### RaeMorrill

Jan 1, 1970
0
Well, I don't know which poster you're responding to here, but keep in
mind when you cross post you're going to get mixed reviews. We have no
idea who you are, what you're doing, why you're doing it, etc.

When you put this up in a group of the people who may be asked to
transcribe it you may get a different response than in a group of
electronics experts.
Plus it pisses some of us (me anyway) off to get a post like this that
then gets us innudated with posts from people we never heard of.

And no I'm not going to bother to mark their newsgroups off my response.

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#### RaeMorrill

Jan 1, 1970
0
Now all these responses with no quotes to show to whom or what post you
are responding.

Rae <Santa brought me a cold - not in best mood>

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#### RaeMorrill

Jan 1, 1970
0
Do you not know that Rae is generally a female spelling of the name.

SHEESH.

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#### Mortimer Schnurd

Jan 1, 1970
0
RaeMorrill said:
Now all these responses with no quotes to show to whom or what post you
are responding.

Rae <Santa brought me a cold - not in best mood>
Check out this letter SHYGIRL wrote in 2004....
And she is a Therapist??? god damn I sure hope not!
http://www.pahealthsystems.com)
- (http://www.pahealthsystems.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=375)

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Posted by shygirl on 09-03-04 09:14 PM:
Trouble with my psychiatrist- need advice

Hi-
I have been going to this mental health center in my community for somewhere
between 7-
8 years to get help for a serious mental problem (schizoaffective disorder).
After many
years with the same doctor but too many incidents where it looked like he
me, didn't care about me and really didn't seem to like me I'd had enough
and stopped
going there. I never notified the center about what I was doing and the
center never
bothered to contact me to find out why I wasn't showing up anymore (more
proof that no
one gave a shit about me there). I was taking medication at the time and
continued to do
so even after leaving. After 9 months, when my meds started to run out, I
decided to
contact the center again to get a new prescription (I didn't know who else
assigned a new doctor to me (cause the old one had left) and then some
*really*
bothersome things happened:
1) My new doctor tried to get me to sign treatment plans for the period I
was absent from
the center, when there obviously were no treatment plans because I was
absent from the
center (and not in contact with anyone there while absent)! He also
actually
lied about not knowing when I was absent when I confronted him about it-
just trust
me on that.
2) He, the new doctor, acted extremely bored and put off during our initial
interview
together- always looking away and looking put-off! When he said good-bye at
the end of our session it
was like an after-thought and noticeably forced.
3) The rest of the staff at the center also seem put-off by me. The
receptionist is
borderline XXXXX to me- always giving curt answers to my questions among
other things.
The social worker couldn't be less enthused when/if she says hello to me
when i come in.
And I think I heard the nurse tell the doctor that I was an XXX-hole. My
proof that I'm not
imagining all this is that these people behave differently towards other
patients. They are
far more friendly to them and happy even to see them, usually asking how
they are doing.

I don't really know what to do because I don't think these people are
the contrary. They're just put-off by me (and the treatment plan business
was a mistake
they made that, ok, they're trying to cover up). I've asked the nurse once
if they have a
problem with me but she says no and that they want to help me (but
and said this after only one meeting with me). I don't believe it. The
only things I can
think of that I'm guilty of that may bother people are that I have
difficulty trusting and
difficulty liking people (even though I want to- but people just don't seem
to like me much
no matter what I do and I hate it), but I don't know how they would know
thing cause I thought I didn't show it. Going somewhere else doesn't seem
like much of a
solution since I seem to put-off many people (and I've tried asking what the
problem is and
no one admits to anything). So, if I haven't pissed all of you off yet,
would you tell me
what you think about all this? What would you do? I'm trying to get off
the meds, but
until I do, I still need some kind of a doctor for prescriptions (and I
don't have a primary
care physician at the moment). Thanks for reading (sorry it's so long).

shygirl

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