Cassette tape decks, what is the fascination?

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  1. Djcoolray

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    What started me back into tape was when I bought the “Time Life” 60’s and 70’s R&B CD’s. I only wanted to listen to certain songs and didn’t want to wait through the songs I didn’t really like as much. CD’s are a great source for recording tape.....go figure but CD players are quieter than turntables as a source and provide a stronger signal for better recordings. So having a quiet system with a good cassette recorder that I bought with my system new and never using it, I decided to give it a go. Found some new chrome extra cassettes from a Canadian website and made tapes that surprised everyone I knew.....even me.

    You know, you can go cheap on doing the vinyl thing.....but with cassettes you can’t and that is what is most people’s problem with tape. When it comes to cassettes.....you definitely get what you paid for. But not all levels of stereo equipment and how people have their systems set up is good for recording tape. The heads on a tape machine will record all the noise in a system.....so it’s not the tape, it’s a noisy system.
     
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    I finally got the right photo of my stuff .
     
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  6. ic-racer

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    With the limited availability of parts, belts, rubber wheels, heads, friction pads, etc., I keep my BIC T4 deck running only to digitize old 2 track recordings. Mostly my own music I recorded at 3 3/4 IPS on metal tape.

    I have some pre-recorded tapes and they all sound pretty mediocre. Worse than LP or CD in my opinion.

    I have some vintage cars from the 70s and 80s, but the cassette decks stopped working in those long ago. TR Tape Deck.JPG front.JPG
     
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    Wow, you're really coming in here strong with your troll game. So much of this post is nonsense.
     
  8. mythrenegade

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    For me, it’s about digitizing tapes I made of my jazz fusion band back in the day. That music is nowhere else, and I want to preserve it. I have very few of my prerecorded tapes, I tossed most of them years ago. But I kept all of the original music.

    For fun I’m building a mix tape of favorite songs from my vinyl collection to play in my car. Haven’t needle dropped for a tape in over 30 years, so the nostalgia is nice. And my new to me Denon DR-M4 is by far the best cassette deck I’ve ever owned. Amazing.
     

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