TEAC Reel to Reel cassette tapes - Why so expensive/collectible?

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  1. Sethbramwell

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    Just curious about this one. I found a rather short one (15 minutes record time) months back at a thrift store, disassembled it, and used the reels to make a little model reel to reel. Last week, I found two CRC-90 tapes at my Goodwill outlet with music recorded on them (one Earth, Wind, and Fire, One Stones) that sounded like they had been recorded from albums with surface noise. I paid 50 cents for the pair. Since I had learned they seem to flip for a fortune on eBay, I tried just that. The tapes are used and not with original cases or J-cards, and yet they are now nearly up to $40.00 with 3 days still to go.

    Not that I'll complain about that, but why? I had assumed they were some super high quality tapes, but from what I've read (and heard) these are not great quality tapes. Nonetheless sealed ones can go for upwards of $100.00 apiece. Is it really just the "cool" factor of the miniature reels? I can't deny they look pretty, but I just don't get it.
     

     

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  2. oldvinyldude

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    Yup-cool factor

    Tape inside is nothing unusual.
     
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  3. Numone

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    Rarity and coolness - nothing more.
     
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  4. Sam Cogley

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    It's all about the "tiny open-reel reels" look.
     
  5. Jonny Ramone

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    They look so cool in a tape deck. Eye candy.
     
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    I bought some many years ago, and yea the tape is just ok, but I put in Maxell UD XL-II tape in them, and they now sound fantastic.
     
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  7. Sethbramwell

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    Love that idea, have to remember that one!
     
  8. saunadog

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    They definitely have a visual pop - usually why you see one loaded in decks on those sites that sell vintage stereo equipment (visual pizzazz). Like adding fancy wheels to a car.

    I have a stash myself, but they're very hard to find. One of my best thrift finds was 4 STILL SEALED Teac "Sound 52" open reel cassettes in various colors for like .50 each. Nothing fancy (just normal bias) but I nearly had a heart attack.
     
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    They weren't cheep back in the day either. 5.99 each as I recall. xl II's were less than 2 bucks then.
     
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  10. sixthday

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    Good look and rare. That's why.

    I had many and also sold many. Also have the exchangeable reel type, which is more expensive.
     
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  11. Sam Cogley

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    I have one sealed example with gold reels that I found somewhere for about $0.50. It's hanging out on a shelf by some records, just to look cool.
     
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  12. miner

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    Those TEAC cassettes gave me more problems than any other brand I owned.
     
  13. Sethbramwell

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    Thanks everyone. Good to know I'm not sacrificing a superior tape if I hunt them to flip them.
     
  14. revox-b77

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    You are absolutely correct. I am sure it is due to the mass of the metal reel. Watch as you go from FF or RW to stop. They keep moving dumping tape as they go.
     
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    If I had one it would just be for the looks and I would do with it what Sam does. Display...
     
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    it simply joins the flipper parade of TOTL receivers, HPM/dynaco/JBL/CV speakers, hundred
    copies of AJA with deadwax variations, APT preamps, …

    but at 40-100 each used or butchered, I'd not tell anyone and start haunting the thrift stores.
    at 2 per week, that could be 10 grand a year, enough for maintaining that other habit.
     

     

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  17. Sethbramwell

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    Heh, if only I could find 2 a week! I've only ever stumbled across 3 of them and one I turned into a model reel to reel. Good hunting, everyone...
     
  18. JoeESP9

    JoeESP9 ESL's & tubes since 83

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    These are my all time favorite cassettes. They are TDK MA-R. I only have a few. They are arguably the best cassettes TDK ever made. The Silver part is Aluminum. Both plastic sides are attached with screws.
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    I have a few of these. Again I don’t use them. Display primarily.
     
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    I have 10 TDK MA-R's and put friends MOFI albums on them. Still sound great to this day. Seems like they were about 6 bucks then. About half of the price of a MOFI album.
     
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