Cassette tape decks, what is the fascination?

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  1. Archguy

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    I'm so obsessive that I used to try to get my mixes to end within a few seconds of the tape running out. Was harder than you might think because the tapes weren't exactly as long as they claimed to be. Jeez what a time sink. You had to record mixes in real time too IIRC. Wouldn't dare pause for fear of an audible dropout in the result. CD mixes were a whole lot easier, as well as more stable and better-sounding.
     
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  2. RichTassoni

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    Amazon all kinds of them.
     
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    I love recording from XM radio deep tracks and BB KING BLUESVILLE of.
     
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    I've never like the sound of prerecorded tapes they seemed muffled to me. Seems I could always make a recording better. And there db levels were always so low.
     
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    Yea nothing you can do when the tape runs out, I would watch it and just start turning the in put levels down fading it out .
     
  6. MannyE

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    That they do! But I was surprised at the quality of sound I was getting from the Nakamichi using trashed, dusty thrift store tapes. I can only imagine that an audiophile product or home recording could sound very good indeed.
     
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  7. RichTassoni

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    I was very lucky get this Very nice JVC TD V621 cassette deck off eBay, with the bias set right and the VU meter set at + 3 or4 and Hx pro ,dolby B ,mpx filter on I'm getting just about CD quality sounds from good high bias tapes recording from XM radio.
     
  8. 62vauxhall

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    I may be wrong, but I'm assuming you believe a Sony EL-7 accepts standard cassettes but it does not. It's format is Elcaset which is considerably larger, has 1/4" tape inside and travels at 3.75 ips.

    While there are typically a couple of vendors offering usually used Elcasets on e-bay, there are likely thousands who are selling blank garden variety cassettes.

    Just about three weeks ago I traded an equipment dealer approximately 160 blank, factory sealed, 90 minute or longer CrO2 cassettes for 8 factory sealed, blank, 90 minute FeCr Elcasets.

    What I meant by not cheap is that those Elcasets were selling for $50 each where I made the trade.

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  9. N8Nagel

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    That's what razor blades and Scotch tape are for...
     
  10. restorer-john

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    That's perhaps what you believed, but trust me, cassette decks were for recording anything and everything you wanted, at superb fidelity, to play on that deck and that deck only, in your loungeroom or anywhere else you desired.

    Nakamichi was simply another brand and not the best, there were plenty of decks from other makers that were less finicky, more reliable and performed just as well if not better.

    Good recordings still sound just as good as the CDs or Vinyl they were recorded from. I know, I have plenty, and many, many cassette decks. They are getting difficult to keep going though with all their nylon and rubber parts. Fun and games.

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    If they're that valuable, could you revive dead ones by opening them up and rewinding them with 1/4" tape stock intended for professional R2R use, or is there something different about them?
     

     

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  12. 62vauxhall

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    Theoretically, yes I suppose so. There are record settings for type I, II, & III tape but I've only seen types I & III Elcasets. If one were to attempt re-loading with R2R tape it would be type I as getting hold of type II (EE) tape is neigh on impossible and there is no such thing (to the best of my knowledge) as open reel type III.

    I have not been an owner for very long and getting the deck up to snuff took a while so actual use so far has been minimal. With the deck, I received several tapes which had been previously recorded - studio and live stuff by the former owner's band. They were a mix of type I and type III. Re-recording revealed a known problem with Elcaset tape shells - the take up hub binds due to no longer effective lubricant. That can be remedied but I have yet to spend time determining how to disassemble/re-assemble the shell halves. There are as yet, no issues I've encountered with the tape itself which seems to have survived just fine.

    Re the sealed blanks I've overall acquired, most are type III but a couple are type I. So far I've been a bit childish by not having made a new recording on a type III yet, only type I - not wanting to squander any until I became used to and confident with the format.

    Judging from playing back some of the recorded tapes that came with the deck, type III's are superior for fidelity and accept a hotter signal. That said, type I is no slouch and to me seem to sound just as good as open reel recordings made on my Teac A3300 and Pioneer RT-707 when recorded at 7.5 ips.
     
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    I'm using TDK SA, TDK SA,X MAXELL UD XL II ,AND MAXELL XL II S all bought on Amazon the tape deck automatically sets it's self to what kind of tape you're using. I used to use mostly normal tapes type i and they sounded pretty good, but for the little extra costs im going mostly with cro2 type ii high bias and enjoying the better sounding music.
     
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    You just got to love this older looking stereo systems.
     
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    To have vinyl is to listen to it the way it sounds. But I have some old vinyl that well I really didn't want to play to much with my good cartridge speaking of Grand funk railroad. So I clean them up best I can and transfer them to a good tape bump up the VU,s a little and make sure there EVEN, and filter out some of the background noise and Walla I have a much better sounding Grand funk railroad to listen to.
     
  16. danj

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    Because I have several hundred cassettes that I have been collecting since 1971, many of which still sound great. I bought a very nice cassette deck last year and went through most of my old cassettes to determines which, if any, need to be discarded. Out of about 300 I tested (it took many weeks) there were only about a dozen that hadn't aged well. I seldom dub my cassettes to CD because they don't end up sounding better and aren't worth the effort for me unless I want to play in my Toyota, which does not have a tape player.

    And, basically, I have always enjoyed tape recording and using a fine machine to do it.
     
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  17. SPL db

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    Cassettes are basically being given away now. Great way to listen to music I might not have before. If I like it, I'll buy it on another media source.
     
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    "seldom dub my cassettes to CD because they don't end up sounding better"
    Try picking up another ancient R2R and recording your good Cassettes at the fastest speed at least 7 1/2 ips and see if you can still say this:)
     
  19. danj

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    Think about it.
    I owned R2R for 30 years. Dubbing a cassette onto any other medium will not make it sound better unless you process the hell out of it. R2R has greater fidelity to the source than cassette and will make a nearly perfect copy of music, noise, and all. If it makes the music sound better it is adding something such as warmth or distortion that isn't part of the source.
     
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  20. armyslowrdr

    armyslowrdr I don't want one..LOL

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    I just love the look of the machines!
     
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