For years I've been recording in my basement using a standalone (Sony) CDRW unit. I have a pair of nice condenser mics mounted in the ceiling, which I run through a Presonus preamp into the recorder. This setup makes great-sounding recordings, and is useful for both of main purposes: recording a multi-hour band practice or jam session, and alternatively recording my own little idea snippets when I'm practicing alone. I later copy the files from the CD onto my computer for editing and listening (and/or burning edited CDs.) However, these CD writers don't last very long before they crap out; I'm on my second unit now and it is on its way out. For these purposes I mainly just need a (more reliable) two-channel recorder of some sort, but I've become interested lately in getting some kind of multi-track unit that would also allow me to record parts and then overdub other parts on top of them. So, I need something that I can use to record, on a given evening, anything from a few hour-long sets to a bunch of little 30-second snippets. I can't think of any reason I would need to be able to record more than 2 channels simultaneously, and for overdubbing I won't need more than about 4-6 channels or so altogether. I definitely don't need effects of any kind, nor a CD burner (so long as USB transfer is easy enough). Size/portability is not an issue. The single most important factor to me is simplicity and ease of use, which seems to point to the various Tascam and Fostex models. Especially for those fleeting moments of inspiration, I want to be able to press a button or two and be recording. Also, I want the process of transferring to my computer to be simple as well. The Tascam DP-02 is probably out because I don't want to pay for the extra features that I don't need, but the older DP-01 looks promising along with the Fostex MR8. (I'm certainly open to other suggestions as well.) One issue I'm still struggling with is the choice between a built-in hard drive vs. flash cards. Another is that from the manuals, the Tascam looks intimidating with respect to formatting the drive or card, and having to go through a two-step process for transferring files to the computer. The Fostex looks simpler in this regard. Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to be as specific as I could about my particular needs in order to get the best possible advice. Any advice or other relevant info would be greatly appreciated.