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)
  2. Once a month

    1 vote(s)
  3. Four times a year

    8 vote(s)
  4. Twice a year

    14 vote(s)
  5. Once a year

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

    40 vote(s)
  1. kryten79

    kryten79 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    VA Outside D.C.
    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

    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:

  3. Lapis Dragon

    Lapis Dragon New Member

    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

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

    faber12 Super Member

    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

    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 !

    Thanx ... I needed that.
  8. steerpike2

    steerpike2 Super Member

    Transvaal, South Africa
    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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