How Often Did Your (Cassette) Tapes Get Eaten?

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How often did your (cassette) tapes get eaten?

  1. Once a week

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Once a month

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  3. Four times a year

    8 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. Twice a year

    14 vote(s)
    20.6%
  5. Once a year

    5 vote(s)
    7.4%
  6. Longer interval than one year

    40 vote(s)
    58.8%
  1. kryten79

    kryten79 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    One of my car stereos had better taste in music than some of my friends. They would put a tape by a "popular" group in the player and it would eat it. Then I would painstakingly remove the tape, tie it to the antenna and drive to unfurl it. The deck didn't ever eat a TDK SA-C90 that I recall. My Naka and Technics home tape decks didn't ever eat one, but I generally would do the FF/REW on a different deck before playing to retension.
     

     

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  2. Quadman2

    Quadman2 Addicted Member

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    An update since last April.

    Had the old Onkyo cleaned/tuned by old tech friend of mine...hums along even better. Dirt/dust could have caused probs down the road he said.

    Now some of my 8 trackers?...well, that's another ball of wax!:rolleyes:

    Q
     
  3. Lapis Dragon

    Lapis Dragon New Member

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    I have been listening to and recording music onto cassettes since 1978 and to this day I still own all of those cassettes ( 800 or so). Out of all that time, I have lost approximately 3 tapes to the dreaded "eating", I have broken a couple and repaired them and I have worn out another 2 or 3. In my experience, cassettes have been very durable and long lived. If you count the one time I lost a tape to a cheap car cassette adapter, that makes (4). I really do not consider "tape eating" to be a prevalent hazard and certainly not one that I am worried about. Others may have had a different experience and I have had mine.
     
  4. mc1822d

    mc1822d New Member

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    More than I care to remember! :eek:
     
  5. faber12

    faber12 Super Member

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    Location:
    Northwest Ohio
    We had crappy players when I was a kid, seemed like we were always about half afraid every time we put a tape in that it would get eaten. I repaired and rewound countless tapes in my youth.
     
  6. Pyrrho

    Pyrrho Well-Known Member

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    I never had a cassette tape eaten by a tape deck. I usually bought quality tapes, mostly TDK, and recorded music from my LPs onto tape. And, when one of my brothers bought a CD player, I started buying CDs, which I recorded onto tape at his home, before I got a CD player for myself. I only had a few prerecorded tapes. I regularly used cassettes for about a decade, before I switched over to CDs.

    I also cleaned and demagnetized my tape deck regularly. And I had a decent quality tape deck. But I also occasionally played tapes in my brother's car, and the player in his car was a cheap piece of junk. I remember hearing excessive wow and flutter when hitting bumps in the road, which probably kept me from playing tapes more often.
     

     

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  7. sKiZo

    sKiZo Hates received: 8642 Subscriber

    Been at least 30 years now ...

    (which would correspond with the last time I spun a cassette ...) <G>

    BIFF !
    (owwwwww)

    Thanx ... I needed that.
     
  8. steerpike2

    steerpike2 Super Member

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    Location:
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    I've been using cassettes since around 1980 - and still playing them regularly, and I cannot recall EVER having a tape mutilated.
    Good quality machines and cassettes, kept clean, just work without problems.
     

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