What was the last cassette tape you bought?

Kevin-W posted:
Tony2011 posted:

 I would have thought your Dragon deserved something a little more "premium", Kev?

You can't get the premium tapes any more, except for silly money Tony.

£85 for a sealed TDK MA-XG C90 anyone?

Point taken, Kev. I love the sound of those tapes but  that's obscene and R2R  prices. I see there are people trying to sell a single, 'standard" MA for  £65.00 other for £15.00. I'm sure  some are counterfeits. Absolutely mental! 

Drikus posted:

That looks familiar.  I bought one very similar from John Menzies in Dundee many years ago. I think I still have the folded inlay card.  The cassette, or at least fragments of the cassette, are probably still buried in the verge somewhere along the A917 just outside of Kingsbarns. 

No, I loved it.  But my room mate at Uni evidently did too and he borrowed it along with a bunch of other cassettes of mine. He rolled his car one night near Kingsbarns. When I went to go and see the wreck, the first things I found were bits of cassette and spools pf tape all over the road and verge.  So I started to pick up the pieces and was delighted to find that they were of music I liked.  Then the penny dropped.  They were my cassettes.

Coincidentally, I recently bought the vinyl reissue of this, which thoughtfully also came with a DVD with the album and 12" B side on a DVD in 24bit 96kHz.

I bought four boxes of ten TDK SA-90s from Richer Sounds when it seemed the writing was on the wall for the format. I think they were priced at 79p each.

I was also given some pre-recorded  musicassettes recently by a friend who was throwing them out, but haven't bought any since the advent of CD I guess. 

Richard Dane posted:

No, I loved it.  But my room mate at Uni evidently did too and he borrowed it along with a bunch of other cassettes of mine. He rolled his car one night near Kingsbarns. When I went to go and see the wreck, the first things I found were bits of cassette and spools pf tape all over the road and verge.  So I started to pick up the pieces and was delighted to find that they were of music I liked.  Then the penny dropped.  They were my cassettes.

Coincidentally, I recently bought the vinyl reissue of this, which thoughtfully also came with a DVD with the album and 12" B side on a DVD in 24bit 96kHz.

Ow bad luck. Hope your mate was ok. Is that the 2012 EMI 180 grams vinyl you talking about? Is it any good? Because it seems like a bargain at £15.99 with that extra DVD-A.

It's a lovely pressing by look of it, but haven't played it yet.  I also picked up Spirit of Eden at the same time (also with hi-res DVD on board) and have played that - superb pressing, which is very much needed with this LP as any noise in the vinyl can easily be distracting. I'm a little reticent about getting the Back to Black issue of Laughing Stock as I have read that the pressing can be rather noisy.

Clive B posted:

I bought four boxes of ten TDK SA-90s from Richer Sounds when it seemed the writing was on the wall for the format. I think they were priced at 79p each.

 

A couple packs of 10 blank tapes, probably also TDK-90s, but in my case that was probably late 1980s or very early 1990s.

The only prerecorded cassettes I ever bought were a handful sold direct by bands without record deals, that being commonplace before the days of writeable CDs. Apart from that as the only way to have the music, I found cassette pointless for home use, vinyl sounding distinctly better. Ditto CD subsequently.

My only real use of cassette was for music in the car, for which I made copies of a good few of my records, and carried a dozen or so at a time in the car until I had changed to a car with a CD player. But the durability of cassette was awful, requiring quite frequent replacement.

The few irreplaceable things I had on cassette I originally duplicated on casette, suffering the reduced quality for certain longevit, now long since transferred to CD, and later ripped them.

Bad news. Got the deck from the attic yesterday, took it out of the box and placed it in the rack only to find out that the door won't open. It's been in the attic like six years so I guess it need to be serviced. Decided not to spend money on that and got another deck instead, a Revox B215 in showroom condition.

Work done on it recently: dismantled, checked and blown out with high pressure and dedusted. Drive removed, completely disassembled and cleaned. Mechanics cleaned, regreased and oiled. New optocoupler. Power supply overhauled. Heads and all tape-guiding elements cleaned and demagnetized. Measured, controlled and all levels are perfect. No need to worry about belts anymore because it's a direct-drive.

Pic of the actual deck;

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