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Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Mar 2016 01:10

I am coming across anecdotal evidence that this is underway:

Mainstream magazines conducting interviews on the subject

Bands of reasonable status issuing material on cassette.

The prices of second hand cassette decks is on the up.

People discussing cassette topics readily on this forum/

Are other members seeing evidence too? :D
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Postby vinyl master » 26 Mar 2016 03:24

I don't know how major it is, but there is talk about it...Maybe in the prisons? :-k
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Mar 2016 11:24

It does seem that bit by bit there is more and more use of cassettes.

Vinyl master ? Can you passed the file so I can get my hand cuff off ? :D
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Postby romanose » 26 Mar 2016 12:23

I read an article recently that said the prison population is craving cassettes. I see one of mine is going for $400 on ebay so I guess so. Now if only they'll start making good quality tape again. Has anybody found any VCR tape for sale?
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby fatgeorgeclooney » 27 Mar 2016 03:32

Hi folks, new member here!

There seem to be any number of threads on this, so I'll just jump in here to say that one thing I haven't seen discussed here is the impact the resurgence of new vinyl over the past however many years has had in the re-emergence of cassettes.

For starters, whereas new/struggling bands used to press 7"s to sell as tour swag, the backlog at pressing plants and the general uptick in expense has made that exceedingly difficult. Quite often if I go see a good youngish touring band the music they have to sell will be on cassette.

I also think the rise in prices for lots of used vinyl has spurred interest - it's just getting harder and harder to go digging for records and find anything that isn't priced stupidly. Most record nerds have had that moment when they dig someplace for hours just to have the clerk/owner check popsike (or i guess now discogs) to price the stuff! frustrating to say the least. Ha, this is not nearly as much a concern with cassette.

Now Justin Beiber or Adele on cassette? No clue. :P
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Postby JDJX » 26 Apr 2016 01:14

I have a very good cassette deck that I got in the '70s and I can not give this thing away.

I even got it for sale... complete with a cassette head demagnetizer on CL a for only $10.... and no one wants it..... not even any offers for it.

I'm about ready to just junk it .
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Apr 2016 07:20

Would love the head demangnetiser.
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Apr 2016 08:13

It is patchy, I have seen some parts of the market that are competitive, if you have a NAK then it seems they are in demand and fetch high figures , some NOS tapes also command high prices, however there are great decks that people can hardly sell...they are some places where charity shops will not accept cassette material, others the supplies are drying up....it seems to depend on where you are , however there are some suggestions that the demand is picking up, there are active forums, there are bands using the medium and there are articles on some sties that suggest that the trend is not downwards......there are plenty of tape users on vinyl engine :)
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby periphix » 26 Apr 2016 12:25

Wilko are still flogging Maxell UL90's @ £4-50 for 10.
I reckon they must be shifting a few.
Cassette deck prices are going the same way as turntables.
The good quality items are rocketing on both of these platforms.
Someone on here once said,"Cassette is the worst type of Hi Fi".
Maybe I should sell my gear & purchase some wax cylinders.
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Apr 2016 12:28

Wish I could find a few Maxell UL 90s they have dried up here .
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby Roberto C2H3 » 26 Apr 2016 13:42

The Gryphon wrote:Would love the head demangnetiser.


Hola Gryphon;

There is really no need to use a head demagnetizer in a cassette deck.

Unless, that is, if your heads have been exposed to strong magnetic fields (generally by the inappropriate use of a head demagnetizer that plugs into a socket).

Place a cassette in your deck. Record a song. Bingo, your heads have been demagnetized.

Demagnetizers are needed in reel to reel decks. Cassette player demagnetizers are clever gimmicks.

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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Apr 2016 13:51

Ok I have heard this before and never been sure , those in the supposed "know" suggest you do and if you disagree you must be wrong but as far as I can tell I have never detected signs that I have lost any "top end" in 30 years plus of using cassettes and thus I have wondered and questioned the supposed experts ..........Off to record and demagnatise now........ :D
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Postby Roberto C2H3 » 26 Apr 2016 13:54

The other day I purchased a Nakamichi BX-300 on eBay for USD 70. The entry level discrete head in the Nakamichi high end. It retailed for ten times that amount thirty three years ago.

Cosmetically superb, I bought it as is for parts as it did not play. I imagined either the belts are shot, or the ubiquitous Sumiko motor is shot, or both. Anyway, its on its way to being completely overhauled (disassembled, cleaned and rebuilt by Willy Hermann in California). One year warranty and performance to original specs.

I will finally have that three head deck I've wanted since 1985 :D

Tapes I recorded in college sound superb in my Nakamichi CR-1A. My five hundred plus tape collection is my pride and joy, along with my vinyl records 8)

Best from the Pampas,
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby The Gryphon » 26 Apr 2016 14:02

One day I would love a NAK but for the moment I will be content with my Pioneer , two Onkyos a Proton and Pioneer two well cassettes ....I get a great sound and lots of musical enjoyment from them.
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Re: Are People Finding Evidence Of A Cassette Revival?

Postby Roberto C2H3 » 26 Apr 2016 16:37

Hola Gryphon,

That CT 656 Pioneer is a mighty fine deck =D>

No wonder you are enjoying it 8)

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