I'm still very keen to buy a good example of a Nakamichi Dragon or ideally CR7E but not convinced I'll actually use it. Its one of those things I really wanted but couldn't afford when they were popular - much like a laserdisc player. Is anyone still activly (i.e. on at least a weekly basis) using cassettes in their system or even a reel to reel player of some sort?
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Anyone else still enjoying cassettes on a regular (at least once weekly) basis?
I'm sure there are more of you out there!
Nick Slater (Store Manager) AudioAffair, now including Faithful Audio
On a plus point, you don't see street-lamps with tape wrapped around them any more after a frustrated driver has unpicked Brothers In Arms from the dash before hurling it out of the window.
Do the "youf" of today even have such a concept of giving someone a mix-tape? - obviously where copyright allowed
Formerly Still known as Lee H
Take a look at this site - http://www.c-90.org/catalogue/tapes/TDK
It's just incredible. I don't know which is worse, the fact there is a site as comprehensive as this - or the fact that I know where it is!
OMG, thanks a million for that link! Brought back many happy memories. I sold thousands of these in my 20s; we used to get them from Top Tape (in Harrow or Uxbridge, I recall) and still made a profit. As someone else says, they were serious bucks - at least two quid for a C90.
I used D, AD, SA, SA-X and Metal along with various derivatives. Was a long-time fan of Maxell too, and we even got original Hitachis too (who made Maxell).
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Yes; almost weekly.
Digitising the non-commercial stuff onto CD with an Alesis Masterlink. I had to pack up all the cassettes to re-arrange the music room recently, and shocked myself with the number of them. I have a picture somewhere.....
Don't forget my favourite....
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after so many years of keeping them, two days ago I finally wrestled myslef into throwing away all my cassettes! oh, memories...
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TDK cassete's where brilliant hate this digital rubbish. I love good ole analog and recording on TDK casset's was fantastic result's.
Just to resurrect this old thread...
I remember, back in the day, I usually used TDK SA (gave up on the D and other ferrics as soon as I got a portable that had type II/IV EQ setting, even though it wouldn't record onto anything other than ferric), Maxell SX or some other chrome cassette.
Except on special occasions, when I'd unwrap a fresh TDK MA-90 and stick it in my Technics cassette deck (which still works but has a broken tooth on the spool idler).
As a related aside, I picked up a Technics RS-B725 cassette deck in almost perfect condition for a tenner at a car boot sale on Sunday. Was thinking if it didn't work then I could use bits off it to repair my old one (RS-BX606), but it turns out this one is in perfect working order and is a model up the range, albeit from the previous year.
(At 14 years old I used to lust after the dual-capstan RS-B925, which also featured DBX noise reduction as well as Dolby B/C.)
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My old Aiwa AD-F700 still works perfectly. Given a TDK MA-90 it would make copies virtually indistiguishable from the original. Strange but I don't remember people recommending mains purifiers, outboard mains supplies or isolating plinths to improve the sound of these babies. They just worked as well as the blank tape you could afford to buy at the time. Fading out a top 40 song just in time to avoid the DJ butting in was always highlight of my sunday evening.
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