Folks, I'm hatching a little scheme here and thought I'd pass it by the board for the old smell test. I'm quite seriously looking at picking up a minidisc player and decent microphone for recording purposes: for just about everything short of making stuff for commercial release, although I'd like to get the best quality I can. Something for demo-ing, recording rehearsals and practice sessions. A colleague of mine -- a professional sound tech and gear head in addition to damn fine harmony singer and guitar player -- has been using one for some of our rehearsals and I like what I see and hear. Seems reliable, simple, and affordable... I've come to a tentative conclusion that, if I'm using a good mic with a power-boost (something to get it over the 3v supplied by a mic input's onboard power), I don't need a unit with a mic input -- straight into the line in should work out OK. Is that sensible? Anyone out there have any MD thoughts, experiences, ideas they'd care to share? Any alternatives to MD that I'm missing? For decent portable recording the alternatives I'm thinking of are cassette tape (ick) and laptop/USB audio interface (pricey and flakey and I'd have to use the laptop issued to me by my employer.) I don't know anything about DAT machines or these newer portable digital multitrack units. What's your ideal unit for portable functional recording?