The Sony PCM-10 portable recorder has a special place for many of us is professional audio. A small device at a decent price that can be and has been used on productions big and small. It seems that Sony has discontinued this product with no direct replacement announced domestically.
My field recording kit includes the M10, a Sound Devices MixPre, and currently a Rode NTG-3. Like many; my M10 was one of the first purchases for the rig, due to its price and versatility. The onboard mics are good enough for many applications, and I have been quite fond of recordings I have made with it.
This isn’t an assertion that the M10 is the best recorder, or that there will never be an equal. The M10 is a reliable, functional, and affordable device that has been useful in my profession and I will be bummed when they are no longer easily available.
Are there any pieces of professional equipment you will miss to see go when it finally bites the dust and you won’t be able to easily get a replacement?