Summary: It lasted almost 9 months or so. Anything made in China is junk. These microcassettes are hard to find because most recorders are electronic. We buy used now from ebay because Sony wants around $300 for new, and they don't last long.
Summary: I am diappointed in the quality of sound and the static that it seems to pick up from the background. Also, the earlier microcassette recorders that I have purchased were made of a more durable metal material as opposed to plastic (?) Nor have I ever paid this much for a recorder before.