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Post by lenjack » 27 May 2019 18:13

Are cassette tapes still being made and or sold?

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Re: cassette tape

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Post by GyroSE » 27 May 2019 19:28

lenjack wrote:
27 May 2019 18:13
Are cassette tapes still being made and or sold?
Yes, the National Audio Company is still making cassette tapes:

https://www.nationalaudiocompany.com/

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Post by lenjack » 27 May 2019 19:53

Thanks. I'm just curious. Anyone manufacturing new chrome or metal cassette tapes?

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Post by zlartibartfast » 28 May 2019 15:32

I haven't found new type II or type IV anywhere other than eBay

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Post by lenjack » 28 May 2019 15:38

I thought so. Do you know when production of these gems ceased?

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Post by Roberto C2H3 » 28 May 2019 16:52

Maxell UR 90 normal bias tapes are still being made, and they are more than decent tapes. With a deck in good working order and proper recording protocols they will more than get on base! 8)

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Post by Roberto C2H3 » 28 May 2019 16:55

IMO, paying the ridiculous prices for new old stock of high bias and metal tapes out there is just not worth it. I recommend buying these as previously recorded on. You will get them for much lower prices and they sound great when re recorded on 8)

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Post by lenjack » 28 May 2019 18:07

I really don't need any, but re-recordiing is good advice for the future. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks.

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Post by Jim Leach » 28 May 2019 20:59

Get a bulk eraser if you plan to “recycle” tapes.

I am a consumer of TDK SA tapes, and although they were made and sold into this century, I pay less than $10 each for NOS ones from 1984/85. Note that NOS is not the same as “new” although having an intact cellophane seal on them helps control humidity and airborne contaminants.

Used TDK tapes may also suffer from “railroading” which you can read about at tapeheads.net

It is still going strong!

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Post by Roberto C2H3 » 29 May 2019 00:26

If you go the bulk eraser path, do be very careful whilst using it. You do not want to partially erase recordings you want to preserve, render the magnetic tape in your credit and or debit cards useless, etc.

I can already see you with a very long extension cord in the middle of the lawn degaussing some recently arrived used tapes from eBay :lol:

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Post by Tinkaroo » 29 May 2019 11:13

Roberto C2H3 wrote:
28 May 2019 16:55
IMO, paying the ridiculous prices for new old stock of high bias and metal tapes out there is just not worth it. I recommend buying these as previously recorded on. You will get them for much lower prices and they sound great when re recorded on 8)
I have bought NOS tapes in bulk at fairly reasonable prices in the recent past so have a good stash of them, but have also bought bulk lots of gently used quality tapes at even bigger discounts so that is a good option. =D>

I would also recommend checking out yard sales for the occasional NOS or prerecorded quality tapes among the stuff for sale. I've picked up some NOS Maxell XLII and equivalent tapes at such sales for as little as 25 cents each. :mrgreen:

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Re: cassette tape

Post by Roberto C2H3 » 29 May 2019 14:28

Tinkaroo wrote:
29 May 2019 11:13
Roberto C2H3 wrote:
28 May 2019 16:55
IMO, paying the ridiculous prices for new old stock of high bias and metal tapes out there is just not worth it. I recommend buying these as previously recorded on. You will get them for much lower prices and they sound great when re recorded on 8)
I have bought NOS tapes in bulk at fairly reasonable prices in the recent past so have a good stash of them, but have also bought bulk lots of gently used quality tapes at even bigger discounts so that is a good option. =D>

I would also recommend checking out yard sales for the occasional NOS or prerecorded quality tapes among the stuff for sale. I've picked up some NOS Maxell XLII and equivalent tapes at such sales for as little as 25 cents each. :mrgreen:
Gotta love those yard sales 8) Of late, in them I have found more CD's at rock bottom prices, rather than cassettes and vinyl records. I pick those up as well 8)

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Re: cassette tape

Post by Jim Leach » 03 Jun 2019 00:42

Roberto C2H3 wrote:
29 May 2019 00:26
If you go the bulk eraser path, do be very careful whilst using it. You do not want to partially erase recordings you want to preserve, render the magnetic tape in your credit and or debit cards useless, etc.

I can already see you with a very long extension cord in the middle of the lawn degaussing some recently arrived used tapes from eBay :lol:
Well, the last 80’s vintage SA I tried to bulk erase did not cooperate. I ran the (metal tape strength) bulk eraser for a minute on each side (maximum duty cycle- 2 on and 30 off) and I could still hear some of the original recording coming in and out.

And I do it with the tape on the concrete floor, so no extension cord needed!

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