They sure looked idiosyncratic all right, but very cool. I've actually been pondering picking up a second deck at some point as I the Teac C3-RX seems to have taken up permanent residence in the living room system and my main system lacks one entirely now. I did have a second machine years ago, but it died in some manner that simply could not be repaired. Would a 1000 be worth picking up or is it too ancient?
It certainly is worth picking up. I'd snag one on an instant. It's about as close to open reel sound as a tape deck ever produced.
However, be prepared to send it to a very knowledgeable Nak tech, and not the local electronic resources guy. There are a handful of them in North America, all in the US of A. When I say a handful, I mean 3 or 4.
Also be prepared for liberal applications of cash to get it working right. They are not cheap to service!
Once all of that is done, you will have one heck of a tape deck. I've always wanted a 700 or 1000. Incredible machines.
Out of curiosity, what is he asking?