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Audio cassettes are produced again

Discussion in 'Tape' started by Thierry, Oct 12, 2018 at 10:40 AM.

  1. Thierry

    Thierry Tape with a passion

    Paris, France
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  2. Poinzy

    Poinzy Super Member

    SE Michigan
    When I worked in a big chain music store in the early 1990's, cassettes were strictly for the people who couldn't afford CD's. Cassette tape was the bottom of the barrel for audio reproduction, for reasons that seem to have been completely forgotten. I love watching people having to relearn things, especially the hard way.
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  3. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Ottawa, Canada
    I think it’s great, and it fills a gap right now. A friends nephew is into cassettes which he plays on a boom box. It seems the music he likes isn’t getting pressed on vinyl, so they record it on cassettes and sell them to fans.

    I’ve recently gotten back into cassettes. I have a gorgeous Teac Z-7000 and a really nice Aiwa M700B. I’m really enjoying making my own mixed tapes again.

    Thanks for the info Thierry!
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  4. petehall347

    petehall347 the brandy coffee man Subscriber

    uk.. the middle bit
    cassettes can be spliced together in case of breakage by most people .. i have never found anyone that can successfully splice a cracked cd .
    back to the topic i have recently seen new cassettes on sale in the large tescos
  5. jcamero

    jcamero If you get confused just listen to the music play Subscriber

    The Bright Side of Life
    My daughter has been buying tapes for quite a while now. I thing she has over 100. It seems they are "mix" tapes, from what I hear. I'll have to look to see.
  6. phantomrebel

    phantomrebel Serial Tapist Subscriber

    I'm not the biggest fan of cassettes, but some of the CDs in the 90's were terrible. Besides, this news is about blank tape, not pre-recorded stuff (which often sucked). I'll take a cassette on this new RTM media properly recorded on a good Nakamichi 3-head deck over a big-chain sold pre-recorded CD any day. Having recorded open reel on SM900, I guarantee it would hardly be "bottom of the barrel". Then again I'm old and forgetful, but I'm also thankful to RTM for producing this media once again.
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  7. Hajidub

    Hajidub Chihuahua/Pug = Chug Subscriber

    Colorado Springs, CO
    BTW, today is CassetteTapeDay at participating stores. My brother's record store was listed on the internet as a vendor, he said no way, they had 5 tape guys show up.
  8. slow_jazz

    slow_jazz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    SE Michigan, Downriver....
    I was happy to switch from cassettes to cd.

    Still have a deck and a few tapes but rarely use them.
  9. onepixel

    onepixel .

    There are other tape companies that have been creating tapes. There were a number of indie bands that released new albums on tapes, over the last couple years.
  10. kermit z

    kermit z Loud Music saves Lives!! Subscriber

    Denver CO
    I went to a local store they listed for Cassette Store Day, and did find some of the listed releases, so I bought 2. They didn't have a big selection of CSD releases on hand, so we bought 8 older/ used releases. The wife made me buy The Original Movie Soundtrack of The Wizard of Oz..........Most new release titles were not of interest to me. BUT, it is far away from a Record Store Day event.

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  11. dontmindme

    dontmindme Creature


    I still use them, mostly in my CJ7. Restored this old Pioneer to make it happen. Have a nice “briefcase” full of cassettes under the seat.
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  12. revox-b77

    revox-b77 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Fingerlakes, NY
    Would be nice if they were C90's. Even better if they were type 2.
  13. OutlawSun

    OutlawSun Active Member

    Dallas, Texas
    Yeah it's definitely the smaller artists and groups driving it vinyl's revival was partially driven buy newer bands putting out albums because they thought it was a neat thing to sell. But now so much of the limited production capacity is tied up with repressing older albums that it's harder for a small band to feasibly do plus it's pricey. On the flip side cassette is still pretty cheap to do and there's something neat about it. My girlfriend totally wants me to buy a cassette deck so that she can play around with making mix tapes. Which is a good excuse to buy a nice 3 head deck to play with. But I'm totally down for the general revival of what was essentially dead tech like vinyl and cassettes. Sure they're imperfect especially the cassette but I like that the niche exists to play with. I feel like the industry was too bent on moving on and killing everything over the years.

    Edit: In the end I think it's a testament to people's love of fiddly things and minor inconvenience. While I appreciate the simplicity of streaming and modern tech I still think there's a place for knobs and switches and tactile media.

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