Summary: I owned one of these for 10 or 15 years, and used it regularly. It simply always worked. The controls are simple and easy to use, even in the dark. Recording and playback are clear. Batteries are easy to change. It's compact, and the physical design is simple and timeless. My original TCM-323 was stolen, so I bought an identical unit to replace it. I am completely satisfied with this recorder for everyday voice recording.
Summary: Music is distorted because of speed variation! The batteries had full charge so this was not the problem. The tapes were good quality. The pinch roller seemed to have enough pressure against the capistan. I hate to complain or ask for a refund, but this is a bad product-something I did not expect from a Sony product. It is good on voice and will record so I will keep it. Next time I will pay more to get a better product!
Summary: A compact good recorder. I like the compact size and the fact that it uses standard size cassettes. I felt like Sony would be a good product, and it is. It is very handy to carry, even in your pocket.