I just received my "new" Pioneer CT-F700 Friday from a e-Bay seller. It is awesome, I simply love the performance and audio qualify of this deck. I realize things can happen when shipping sensitive vintage equipment. This deck has a unique 3rd meter. It is not a VU Recording level meter, but a dual function meter. It operates as the meter to set Bias on the manual adjustment feature. It can then be set to be a Dynamic Recording Meter. Basically, if one keeps this dynamic meter from going in the red, then the VU meters follow suit and you can maximize saturation of the tape without overload. This dynamic meter functioned flawlessly the first 2 days of operation since receiving via shipment. Today, on the 3rd day, an issue developed with the meter. When I powered the deck on I noticed the meter did not stay to the far left. It defaulted to around -5 db (see pic). Now when I record or play, it goes way into the red. It has somehow shifted. The VU meters are still working fine. It is annoying to see this dynamic meter keep going in the red when it worked just fine for 2 days. I now set the meter on the bias function so it turns off when playing a deck. This issue does not affect the performance of the recording nor playback, but it is rather bothersome. I guess I will have to take this unit in now for service to see what happened to this meter. I am thinking something got jarred a bit during the shipment? I don't have an answer for this one. Maybe it will "reset" on it's own over time? Maybe wishful thinking on that one. The pic shows where the meter now sits idle with no program source. Once the program starts, the meter goes way into the red because it's starting point (default) setting where it sits with no program source as changed today. What is up with this? Finicky Vintage Gear normal day here.