Hey all, So, as the thread title suggests, I am considering picking up a cassette deck to add to my stereo rig. Like many folks, I haven't had a cassette player of any kind for years now, but I've noticed more and more local/independent artists at shows I go to and such are selling their music on cassette tapes (sometimes, but not always with digital downloads), and frequently see old goodies in used bins for next to nothing at record stores I go to, and realized I might actually have a use for one again (or at the least, it'd be fun to have one). I've been doing a bit of research into the matter, but still have some questions. From what I've gathered, it's usually better to go with a single tape deck as opposed to a dual? (usually better build quality in the singles?), and that it's best to go w/a player that has 3 heads, and some type of noise reduction? I never played tapes through anything fancy growing up, so I get the impression that I might be pleasantly surprised at the audio quality through a good player w/a tape in good shape. Another thing I'm curious about is the risk involved with buying a vintage unit. I'm currently running an Akai AA-R30 receiver that's in pretty great shape, and ideally, I'd like to end up w/a matching, or similar unit from the same era (partly for aesthetic reasons, I will admit - I find 1970's - early 80's stereo gear to be pretty beautiful stuff). I'm curious what to watch out for when buying a tape player that old - are you SOL on getting something repaired if a belt fails? or if it needs a new head or anything like that? I'm wondering if it's like CD players where if the laser goes, you're basically stuck with a fancy paperweight? Lastly, what is considered "good" wow/flutter ratings, and THD ratings? I've been looking into a few Akai and Technics cassette models from the same era (mid/late 70's), and I'm finding specs on as low as 0.035% wow/flutter (to up to 0.07% or so), and THD ranging from as 0.75% to 1.5% or so. Thanks in advance!