It served me well for 11 years, but on Monday night, my Roland VS-880 recorded it's final show for me, Father Brown - The Miracle of Moon Crescent. This was the first digital work station ever available, and when we got it for CRT we had already recorded and released about 6 shows. All but two were re-recorded later, digitally.
As best I can figure, I recorded and edited over 300 radio dramas/comedies with this machine (it's true - I never edited a single CRT show on a computer) , and considering it runs on a hard drive, that is pretty good service! The other night while recording it started to struggle and make some noises that were the signs of an approaching fade to black, so it will be retired and a new machine is on the way, and hopefully recording of MOONFLEET will continue without a hitch. It sounds odd, I am sure - but I have spent thousands of hours working with this great machine - from Gettysburg to the Alamo, The Wizard of Oz, Captain Blood, Pirate Legends, 60 or 70 Dibbles, 60 Powder Rivers ... and so on. In a way, I will miss it.