I remember reading a thread that mentioned mini disk recording, but haven't relocated it in my searches. I think Chris Fitzgerald said he used them and was really happy with the results. I'm beginning to look into them, and haven't found anyone with personal experience, so would appreciate any info here. I'm hoping to find a relatively inexpensive (<$200) recorder that works better than my portable cassette recorder for recording practices, rehearsals, and gigs. As I understand it, with a Sony mini-disk recorder I could record live music direct to digital format with millions of re-recordings per mini disk without loss of quality. The MD format would allow me to download the live recording onto my PC where I could use music software to edit the recording (ie. clean it up). If I understand right, I could also use the same MD recorder to record a song from a CD or download MP3 files to mini-disk. Then I could put the music on my PC again to edit the song such as for bringing out the bass parts to help with transcription, or isolating a bass solo in a song. Sony is the only company I've found selling mini-disk recorders in a walkman style package. But if it does all of the things I mentioned above, it sounds great. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has used them, which recorders they've used, and how successful it has been. Also, how much extra is required besides the MD recorder and a microphone? Is there downloadable freeware that can do the music editing or a relatively inexpensive music software?