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Is there a cassette tape resurgence?

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All of you reflecting back on the past, spruiking names for memories sake, I say

SAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU! HOW COULD YOU FORGET? I'LL JUST SAY ONE THING.

BASF!

Not as fly as BAOC

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drmini   

I recently dragged my Sansui direct drive D-350M cassette deck out of storage. Not used for maybe 20 years. After a clean of the heads etc, and de-glazing of the spool hubs, it is working great.

However my more recent Kenwood KX-W4080 auto reverse double cassette deck did not fare so well, It has mains hum, and the record/play transport will ff or rewind but not play. Has had very little use.

Free to anybody interested.

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Philip76   

I just bought an Onkyo TA-6310 on eBay because our old Sansui D-300M is too hard to start. Once it's warmed up, it works fine, but that takes a lot of warming up and play/stop actions. This new (old) Onkyo has Dolby S and I'll be interested to see what happens if I make some recordings with it. We have a stack of tapes we hardly play, but for $60 I decided to give it a whirl!

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I still use my trusty Akai GXC-709D.  To my ears the tape sounds almost as good as the Reel to Reel (GX-77)  using the same vinyl recording.  My only gripe is that this unit did not have auto reverse!  The late '70s had some excellent units taking cassette into unheard of realms.  Then we got CD.   :unsure:

 

 

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enikoy   

While doing some garage clean-up yesterday I dragged out my old cassette deck on connected it to the "shed system" for a lark. Grabbed some of my pre-recorded tapes to play, the first couple sounded how I expected, fairly dull and dreadful. Then I whacked in "Paul McCartney Unplugged" that I think I bought in Singapore in 1991. Sounded amazing, probably due to being a great recording and the tape was unlikely to have spent anytime in the car.

 

I slightly regret binning all my home taping cassettes about 5 years ago, not so much for the content, but that the cassettes could have been re-used by someone into cassettes today.

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Some bands release initially on tape or even four track, even later world famous bands such as Rage Against the Machine. People say the tape demo of their first album is better than the CD or vinyl release. But, cassette tape has had its day, and I see no need for it.  Unless we're talking proper sized tapes its a pass from me.

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1 minute ago, Roumelio. said:

Some bands release initially on tape or even four track, even later world famous bands such as Rage Against the Machine. People say the tape demo of their first album is better than the CD or vinyl release. But, cassette tape has had its day, and I see no need for it.  Unless we're talking proper sized tapes its a pass from me.

Agree. I'm not going back there though I still have all my tapes. I don't really have a proper machine to play them on just a cheapy portable. Next there will be a CD revival! 

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joz   

Although I have a Nakamitchi sitting in my rack ATM, other than for nostagia sake it will never become a regular playback medium for me again.

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Let's face it though it was a great introduction to music on the move. I had a very expensive very compact tape player, with remote control, which I used for years on the train. Loved it.

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Convenient at the time but quality was low. I think there will be a quirky bunch who will support it for a time and then it will go back into hibernation.

 

Let's move on from here, please.

 

 

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joz   

Yes wretched things they are.

 

But they do have that cassette analogue quality that you just don't get with CD.:D

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34 minutes ago, joz said:

Yes wretched things they are.

 

But they do have that cassette analogue quality that you just don't get with CD.:D

Hahahahahah......  that's suppose to be funny right?   :huh:

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cafe67   

I have a expensive in 1992 technics 3 head and kept all my commerciallly issued  cassettes

 

With a good quality Chrome or metal cassette I thought they sounded okay.

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