Artists use this
Durable and reliable
God help me if I have to explain to some of the younger Equipboard members exactly what they are looking at here. This is a multitrack cassette recorder... which allowed you 4 straight tracks of continuous recording (drop ins and overdubs of sections resulted in an audible shift... so if you messed up, rewind and get it right again!) or the ability to ping pong tracks to provide even more layers (e.g drums bass and keys mixed down onto a single track... freeing up three tracks for additional recording... at some sacrifice of audio quality.
This was home studios back in the day.