Does this mean there is nothing to be done? Is there any history of this being a problem with this particular model?
This recorder is only 18 months old which is disapointing. I'm not skilled enough to do what you suggest so will contact Goodmans and see what they have to say.
The EU legislation you suggest is somewhat complex in that it requires you to prove that the problem existed when the item was bought. This can be quite difficult to achieve. More relavent is that part of the sale of goods act which refers to equipment should be expected to last a "Reasonable" length of time. This applies for up to 6 years after purchase. In the case of my recorder this would have been a good argument to use.
However the box seems to have righted itself and is now performing as it should.
Many thanks for your assistance.