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Zoom R16 does it for me,
Zoom R16 Digital Studio with 16GB SDHC Card
As a composer and arranger for the Spring Quartet and Ponticello, the electric violin duo, I used to use a Fostex X26 cassette recorder for demos and backing tracks. It never let me down, but I needed to go digital. I got a Roland Edirol R-09HR (excellent!) for the final mix from Sibelius, but was never completely happy with the results. I felt I needed a new multitrack recorder.
Most lower-priced multitracks only record two tracks per take. I wanted to be able to record at least 4 tracks simultaneously. I also needed phantom power for a pair of condenser mics. I found the Zoom R16 on Amazon, and its spec was perfect; 16 tracks, 8 simultaneous, two channels with phantom power and assignable onboard effects. The bonus of a 16GB card was the clincher.
I've found the quality excellent, and the machine is simplicity itself to operate. We're now able to go into production of saleable CDs of Ponticello. It also arrived early! Can't recommend it highly enough.