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!
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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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i used to own a technic az6, there was no sound on the left channel, had it cleaned and demagnetised, but no joy, took it to panasonic to have it looked at, it needed a part costing £26, but the parts were not available.
This was my 2nd technic cassette deck, the previous one was a technics rsb765 if i remember the mechanism on that packed up, so scoured ebay and got myself a nakamichi dr3 a 2 head machine, bear in mind the technics i had were all 3 head.
With the nakamichi i recorded a track from cd, using a 1983 td sa, wasnt expecting anything but i was amazed to how much the nak took the detailing and also sounded a lot better than the technics i had.
some of the op were saying that listening to cassettes you get a lot more involvement with the music my take on that is that the tape was probably mastered analoge, using a reel to reel tape recorder
i still have a collection of cassette tapes, tdks ad, sa, sax, philips fe, ma, thats, fuji. maxell, loved the maxell especially with the treble
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Your cassette history is remarkably like mine. I too went from a Technics RSB765 to a Nakamich DR-3.
Just to prove the importance of an audtion, the day I bought the DR-3 in April 1994 I went into my HiFi dealers with every intention of coming out with a WHF award-winning Sony three head machine with Dolby S. I heard it and I liked it. But absolutely under no pressure to buy, the dealer asked if I'd ever heard a Nak and he offered to set-up a DR-3 which he was selling within spitting-distance of the same price. Naks had always been off my radar because there was something just a bit Morgan about them while the rest of the HiFi industry had adopted 16V Turbo injection. But within 30 secs of hearing it, the Sony was history.
In terms of features, moving to the Nak was a sobering experience. Technics was three-head dual-capstan drive with track search, auto tape select, a real-time tape-counter and built-in oscillators to adjust the bias and record-sensitivity during recording. Nakamichi DR-3 was so basic you even had to select the tape type. But what came out of its Line Outs was in a different league.
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With the nak it was basic not even a track search but there was something magical about the way it played think it's a Ferrari of cassette decks mind you I was lusting after a cr7 but was out of my price range think it won a best hifi award 1993 the sound quality of nakamichi was comparable to rival manufacturers of tape decks and you have to compare to their top of the range
Yeah absolutely. After I got hooked on the Nakamichi sound I started looking around at my old WHF reviews and I found reviews of the DR-2 and DR-1. I dearly would have loved a DR-1, but at the time (1994/1995) the staggering £900rrp was about the same as my month's wages. (Twenty years on, it would still be beyond my reach even now: my wages are higher but my disposable income is less.) I did finally get one in September 2012, being sold by its original owner and in absolutely pristine condition.
There's a part of me which still would snap-up a CR-7 or a Dragon if I had the money, but then again in 2014 what's the point unless you're a rich collector.
EDIT: just checked with Historic Inflation Calculator and found that the £900 Nakamichi DR-1 from 1993 would be about £1,550 now! Even more hugely beyond my budget...
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