Sorry about not replying to some direct questions. This thread slipped under my radar for some reason.
I haven't tried 1-pass tapes yet. I have a source that was recommended to me by Robert Cobler, but I've never actually made a purchase. The name is Virgil Ballinger, and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org . I found him to be a man of few words. You'll be lucky if you get a full sentence back by email.http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
Pericles and George,
I keep a fair supply of DF-300 (150 min), TDK ST-160 (160 min), and DF-420 (210 min) tapes to cover the longer events, all purchased from Tape Warehouse. The DF-480 tapes are only available in Japan. I have a source for the DF-480's, and I'll post it here when I get his permission. They are around $50, but they are in a class by themselves in terms of quality and reliability. I have some with hundreds of passes and no signs of wear.
I keep a spare cylinder for each HD1000.
Analog -- Always out of adjustment.
Digital -- Always one more bug.