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Re: 8 Track return

Postby Elephone » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:07 pm

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.
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby Elephone » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:21 pm

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.
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby MOF » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:32 pm

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.
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby The Elf » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:45 pm

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!
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby James Perrett » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:01 pm

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
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby Elephone » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:25 pm

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.
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby Elephone » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:50 pm

Elephone wrote:
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.

Ah! It wasn't. They're a good size, but the hole-size is different (looks much like other non-audio tape spools used for DIY tape). I'll have to find some way to make the holes smaller.
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Re: 8 Track return

Postby Arpangel » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:14 pm

Never liked 8 track, always thought it sounded bad, in a bad way.
I was going to buy a record deck a few weeks back, hell no, I've got lots of records, but nothing to play them on. Thank god.
I'm not romantic about them at all, we sat in the local hi-fi shop demo room distinctly underwhelmed, as we listened to clicks pops low dynamic range and over priced record players, after that we had to put all these records carefully back in their sleeves, it was all too boring for words, and I still have no record deck.
It's almost too much trouble to put a CD on, I've got so used to YouTube on my i Pad, through my John Lewis £40 radio, and what's more, the quallity or lack of it doesn't bother me..
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