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A belated happy 50th birthday* to the Compact Cassette

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/aug/30/cassette-store-day-music-tapes

Apparently it's International Cassette Store Day today...

http://cassettestoreday.com/

A list of participating stores...

http://cassettestoreday.com/stores

 

*Philips introduced Compact Cassette at the Berlin Radio Show on 30th August 1963.

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RE: A belated happy 50th birthday* to the Compact Cassette

:cheers:   :cheer: I'll play a tape to that!

*fires-up the Nak*

 

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chebby wrote:

Philips introduced Compact Cassette at the Berlin Radio Show on 30th August 1963.

I owned an EL3302 over 40 years ago......happy memories, but I don't miss Cassettes, which imo should remain in the dustbin of history (unless one owns a Nakamichi Dragon).

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chebby wrote:

Philips introduced Compact Cassette at the Berlin Radio Show on 30th August 1963.

I owned an EL3302 over 40 years ago......happy memories, but I don't miss Cassettes, which imo should remain in the dustbin of history (unless one owns a Nakamichi Dragon).

Well this 'one' owned a Nak DT600 and a Tri-Tracer 1000 and both machines produced particularly good sound.  The DT600, coming up 40 years old, is still owned and used by a friend of mine.

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Well this 'one' owned a Nak DT600 and a Tri-Tracer 1000 and both machines produced particularly good sound.  The DT600, coming up 40 years old, is still owned and used by a friend of mine.

TBF All Naks are great.

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A friend still uses cassettes and the Sony WM-D6C Walkman 'Pro' I sold him about 20 years ago.

My older brother still uses the Yamaha KX-580 SE I gave him in 2007.   I bought it around 1996.

I think I will pop into Maplin today and get a pack of five TDK FE-90s just to stick in the cupboard and show them to disbelieving grandhildren one day.

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Bought my two 11 year old lads a cheap Sony TCM939 portable cassette recorder with a couple of blank tapes earlier this year and they enjoy it just as much as any of their modern hi-tec gadgets. They like stringing their own radio-shows together on it, putting links between the songs and even recording their own commercial breaks lol.

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Just listening to the 'Themes' album by Vangelis.  One of the better-recorded musicassettes from the late 1980s (and by God as we all know there was some crap).

I have this same album on CD. I find the tape version of this album truly engaging in away which is so lacking on the CD version, irrespective of whether I play the CD itself or the lossless rip. The tape-hiss isn't even very intrusive either, in fact on some of the quieter numbers such as 'Missing' and 'La Petite Fille De La Mer' the actual hiss from the mastertape is more prominent.

I've even thought of 'ripping' the tape, but somehow that doesn't seem the way forward either, especialy as I don't have a really good quality ADC.

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I've even thought of 'ripping' the tape, but somehow that doesn't seem the way forward either, especialy as I don't have a really good quality ADC.

I had a couple of C120s that managed to rip themselves.  :grin:

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:grin:

It's a pitty but most people's memories of cassette tapes just seems to be that of mangled C120s chewed-up by awful in-car players, and poor high-speed bulk copies of mainstream pop musicassettes. Which is a shame really.

Just listening to the end of the above album now, featuring the iconic / hackneyed (depending on your viewpoint) 'Chariots of Fire', and the emotion/involvement is in a different league to that of the CD, and in a different league to what most people (ie the Joe Publcs) commonly associate with cassette tapes. Truly stunning.

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