YEARS ago, I USED to own a Pioneer
CT-A9X in black.
It was a very good 3-head deck, and it had
VERY SOFT TOUCH CONTROLS.
They pop up on flee bay every now and then.
I bought mine from Digital TV in Burbank, IL.
I was the sole owner for over a LONG time.
I bought it as a floor model, had the box
and manual. Bought it in 1989, sold it on
flee bay back in 1999. Great sound, BUT
I switched to the Pioneer Digital Processing
cassette deck W616DR. Although it`s NOT a
3-head tape deck, it has digital processing, and it
get`s rid of tape hiss 99%, that was the selling point
for me to get this model. You MIGHT want to look into
this model. It alows you to listen to cassettes
WITHOUT all the tape HISS. However, the tapes sound
like a CD, so I don`t know IF THAT`S what you`re
looking for, just thought i`d let you know of