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Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:43 am
by blinddrew
Good plan, but I hear the really trendy types have already moved on from Shoreditch as it's become too gentrified...

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:03 pm
by MOF
MOF wrote:
Bring back wax cylinders, for that real original retro vibe.

Or even player pianos, or even..............musicians playing live sets

Careful now, I think that's a step too far. :D

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:48 am
by ManFromGlass
I just might be able to fit a trio in my car, if the drum kit is small . . . .

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:20 am
by OneWorld
ManFromGlass wrote:I just might be able to fit a trio in my car, if the drum kit is small . . . .

Get a Vauxhall Viva

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:51 pm
by ken long
Mike Stranks wrote:8-track? Cassette? Pah!

Bring back Elcaset say I! Analogue, shiny machines with proper meters, clunky switches and large pots .... what more could you want for superb audio?

(The search-term 'Elcaset' will now rocket-up the Google popular searches chart! ) :lol:

Elcasets are very good quality if used properly though!

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:52 pm
by johnny h
blinddrew wrote:Good plan, but I hear the really trendy types have already moved on from Shoreditch as it's become too gentrified...
Many years ago. Now its a strange combination of tech bros, city boys and unimaginative tourists. The junkies and scam artists are still here, however.

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:15 pm
by TNGator
:lol:
nathanscribe wrote:They should bring back smoking at pub gigs, modern air just lacks the vintage warmth of a crowded boozer.

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:31 pm
by Sam Spoons
I love that "The Grammy-winner is determined to leave no music format behind. Late Night Feelings will also be released on vinyl, cassette and MiniDisc" so digital and compressed MiniDisc's are good but CD isn't :clap: :clap: :clap:

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:24 pm
by MOF
I love that "The Grammy-winner is determined to leave no music format behind. Late Night Feelings will also be released on vinyl, cassette and MiniDisc" so digital and compressed MiniDisc's are good but CD isn't :clap: :clap: :clap:
What about wax cylinders and shellac discs?

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:44 am
by BigRedX
MOF wrote:
I love that "The Grammy-winner is determined to leave no music format behind. Late Night Feelings will also be released on vinyl, cassette and MiniDisc" so digital and compressed MiniDisc's are good but CD isn't :clap: :clap: :clap:
What about wax cylinders and shellac discs?

I trust it will also be available as badly transcribed sheet music for pub piano and a guitar accompaniment featuring chords that all require at least 5 fingers and a 4 bar stretch to play.

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:07 pm
by Elephone
Rather than start a thread for a 'by the way...'

Does anyone know where I can buy miniature 3" tape reel spools? I only need two to work in a 'portable' machine. They never seem to come up on e-Bay. I thought of trying to adapt a VHS video spool by altering the hole somehow, but they're also wider, obviously.

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:21 pm
by Elephone
One thing about cassette tape recorders ...it's still harder to get an 'instant record' with digital tech.

I used to have my mono cassette recorder handy for ideas/memos, so it was just rec+play and it'd be recording. No fuss.

I substituted it with a MiniDisc, then basically stopped altogether because it wasn't even 'instant on' let alone record.

The cassette recorders with the built in mic & mono speaker used to be everywhere. I can't remember the last time I saw one. I never see them in charity shops, not up north.

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:32 pm
by MOF
One thing about cassette tape recorders ...it's still harder to get an 'instant record' with digital tech.
I use the dictation app' on the iPhone, it's instantaneous "record" and easy to backup on my iMac which I then copy into Logic to flesh out the arrangement.
The thing I miss about micro-cassette recorders is the ability to do a crash edit drop in where I'd made a mistake, not a nice sound but a quick way to get the ideas down. Now I listen to the first recording and then quickly record a separate new file from where I went wrong and label it song X No2.

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:45 pm
by The Elf
Elephone wrote:One thing about cassette tape recorders ...it's still harder to get an 'instant record' with digital tech.
I've made some inspiring recordings at the drop of a hat with my phone, many of which have made it to final mix. From inspiration to recording takes around 3 seconds!

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:01 pm
by James Perrett
Elephone wrote:Does anyone know where I can buy miniature 3" tape reel spools? I only need two to work in a 'portable' machine. They never seem to come up on e-Bay.

I think you have to be patient. One suggestion would be to find some small 8mm cine spools which will probably fit. There was a similar thread last year at

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/sho ... p?t=149493

Re: 8 Track return

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:25 pm
by Elephone
James Perrett wrote:
Elephone wrote:Does anyone know where I can buy miniature 3" tape reel spools? I only need two to work in a 'portable' machine. They never seem to come up on e-Bay.

I think you have to be patient. One suggestion would be to find some small 8mm cine spools which will probably fit. There was a similar thread last year at

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/sho ... p?t=149493

Found two 8mm spools on e-Bay. Didn't think I'd solve that one so easy! Thanks.