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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby Rich Hanson » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:21 pm

You should probably look second hand, the current crop of cassette recorders are all based on the same mechanism as there is only one company now making the mechanisms, and it's apparently not exactly top notch (although I would expect Tascam to have tweaked it a little).

I currently have a borrowed Nakamichi from a friend who wasn't using it :)
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby Humble Bee » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:27 pm

Thank you all for the good bits of advice and information. I will keep an eye out for a rack mount Yamaha or a tascam if I can get a good deal...
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby FrankF » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:33 pm

If you haven't got anything yet, here's another Yammy recommendation: KX-580.
It has Dolby B, C, S, and HX pro!, auto tape-tuning (samples the tape and adjusts the bias to suit), and a piggin' Timer!
Bought mine in 1994 and I'm currently using it to transfer old poetry tapes to CD. (Anyone for Ralphy Richardson reading William Blake?) She's 24 years old and still spinning happily.
Plenty on Ebay:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from ... 0&_sacat=0

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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:41 pm

A justifiable classic. :)
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby ken long » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:27 pm

You won't find a Tascam 122 Mk2 for under £300 and Mk3 for under £400 in the UK/EU now (I know because we buy them all when they come up).

Have another look at the Denons. Great machines selling for under £100.
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby Humble Bee » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:52 pm

ken long wrote:You won't find a Tascam 122 Mk2 for under £300 and Mk3 for under £400 in the UK/EU now (I know because we buy them all when they come up).

Have another look at the Denons. Great machines selling for under £100.

So what do you do with all them cassette decks Ken? Do you have vices?

Denon is sertainly on my list.

Doing a trip through Germany next month and will try to get something cool. But I'm checking out a couple off 2nd hand Gefell 930s which would take priority over any cassette deck...

Thank you all for the info! Will keep you posted...
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby ken long » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:09 pm

Should have said you won't find "an operational" one for that price.
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby ken long » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:09 pm

Humble Bee wrote:
So what do you do with all them cassette decks Ken? Do you have vices?


digitising cassettes!
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby John Willett » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:24 am

ken long wrote:Have another look at the Denons. Great machines selling for under £100.

Agreed - Denon make ecxellent recorders and I still have my Denon DRM44, closed loop dual capstan, 3-head cassette deck. :thumbup:
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby redlester » Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:19 am

Frankly I would consider getting a new car, not a cassette deck! :beamup:

Seriously, it's strange that in the 80s/90s when I had just cassettes in the car so a very limited selection, I never had much of a problem choosing what to listen to.

Present day, now I have both a 160GB iPod and Bluetooth (through which I can shout at Siri to tell it what to play) I have access to almost anything I can think of, but often struggle to think of anything!!
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby ken long » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:14 pm

redlester wrote:Frankly I would consider getting a new car, not a cassette deck! :beamup:

Seriously, it's strange that in the 80s/90s when I had just cassettes in the car so a very limited selection, I never had much of a problem choosing what to listen to.

Present day, now I have both a 160GB iPod and Bluetooth (through which I can shout at Siri to tell it what to play) I have access to almost anything I can think of, but often struggle to think of anything!!

I drove around Scotland (route 500) last summer in my ageing 440 and stopped in a few charity shops en route o pick up cassettes, usually about 10 for £1. Some were playable, others not so much. :) Cassette decks in old cars 100%.
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Re: Cassette deck?

Postby Humble Bee » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:13 pm

Yeah!
The former owner of the Saab left Neal Young's Harvest moon, Sweet Chariot's Beat based and some strange mix of older Swedish prog.
I have come to love those tapes on my journeys through Europe. The Saab is my friend...
It will die one day though... but that's life.
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