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Beth Badger 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Yeah… My parents were super cheap. They bought cheap tapes and expected us not to know the difference. And to be fair to them, we didn't – but that was probably because we never listened to the originals. They always copied the original cassettes onto blanks for us to listen to so as to avoid wearing out the originals (and avoid any possible mishaps that might have occurred from kids using said tapes).

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zerospacer 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

A family member (with no degree) was in the central "word processing" department at a bank (which consisted of her), and was typing from her bosses' dictation past the year 2000. She had been a commercial loan secretary typing up loans, and in 1985 they asked her if she wanted to try the new word processing department and so she got her first computer experience. Before this, officers would write out a letter or notes by hand. In none of her previous secretary experience did she use recorded dictation to write letters (she did take down dictation live in short-hand).
An officer would call her dictation machine using the phone system, leaving a dictation "message." She tells me as of a few years ago they were still doing it that way (the dictation machine was still present).
Before that, she had used an "Autotypist" (would be a good subject for a TC episode!) that would punch holes in a roll of paper, from which it would print the document. Another early system she used when she worked at an IBM distributor had a "mag-card" which would store the document information in magnetic form.

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Houndoom96 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

man's weren't expected to know how to type… Crazy

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Meursault 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I genuinely listen to them. Only for spoopy music, though. Makes it sound a bit spoopier. Yes they're objectively a shite format but nostalgia has a big pull on me and the old Yamaha deck I have has really satisfying buttons. I'm aware that people will think I'm a hipster for it (whatever "hipster" even means nowadays. Not so long ago you'd be called a hipster for that jacket and haircut) but fuck you I do what I want.

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Johnny Rosenberg 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Another reason for not just flipping the heads in autoreverse decks is probably that you then can't use dual capstan drive, since the diameter of one capstan should be slightly bigger than the other, which only works in one direction. I'm pretty sure the Nakamichi Dragon use dual capstan. Even my cheap Pioneer deck does (CT-S610).

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Johnny Rosenberg 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

8:25 sounds like crap in my ears at least, and I'm 55, so everybody should hear it. It's all there, all the well known cassette issues.

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Michael Ford 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Shoutout to that JCPenny MCS series tape deck too! I had no idea about these overlooked underdogs until i got an MCS integrated receiver from my grandpa over a decade ago. They're extremely solid pieces of gear with great performance for the price. If anyone comes across almost any piece of MCS gear for a good price, grab it. You won't be disappointed.

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baller 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Barely tolerable? I enjoyed my cassettes

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dontaskiwasbored2008 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

That song slaps.

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Daniel Martinez Gonzalez 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

This is the information I wanted to have back in the 90s when I made tapes out of my mother's LP library and my own CDs to use them with my walkman.

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JC 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Damn you. Now I'm gonna have to pull out my dad's old tuner and tape deck and see if they have these settings like I remember them having. That's right. It's a separate deck just like yours is. I'm, soooo Glas I kept it all. I only wish I still had his old Yamaha turntable that my sister sold for $20. It costs almost $500 to replace it today.

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Strum Dynasty 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

“I admit I like the ability to…have a physical thing that contains the music…(Mixtapes) do have a retro quality to them that’s hard to replicate with a playlist on a smartphone.”
Compact Disc: “Am I a joke to you?”

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ss 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Now, there is literally no point in this format, like there is no point in reel2reel.

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Tom Gorecki 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Type III is FeOx + CrO2, not CrO2+ Me. Usually in 2 layer composition (ferric oxide bottom, chromium layer top). Japanese tapes were made with (sort of) double layer particles (e.g. Super Avilyn tapes).

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FBI Master 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

im sorry i here no difference

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Chris P 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Back in the '80s I used to use BASF CR-E II tapes and my dad's Aiwa tape deck from 1979 had an automatic CrO2 selector, but I preferred to playback CrO2 tapes on normal setting for much clearer high end and with the Dolby noise reduction switched off. On CrO2 tapes I'd override the automatic CrO2 sensor with a folded-up bit of paper or card wedged into the inside edge of the slot as a bit of sellotape wasn't strong enough for that. What a rebel! I really liked to live on the edge. I can't remember which pre-recorded CrO2 tape had it, but the instructions on the inlay card specifically recommended to set the tape selection at normal as opposed to chrome – might've been a Suzanne Vega tape.

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William Scott Crawford 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Question…. so, does the roller/capstan control the speed? I always thought that the reel pulled it through and often thought that this would then change the speed at which the tape went past the head as the more tape on the reel, the wider it becomes and hence pulling more tape through.

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Ebbing Kiilian 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Well, I loved them as an kid.
And never had the feeling they sound bad. Couldn't even see why everyone thought CD was superior. Back then I thought there only real upside was that they don't had to be turned around-while simultaneously being far more easily being damaged, just by little scratches.
Nowadays I know it of course better, but still… Really think the frailness of them is such an weakness that it made all there pros far less significant, to the point that I'm still asking myself why they ever replaced Cassettes for music and audiobooks. (Obviously not for games and data storing-CD works with his much higher capacity, far better for that)
Well, they're getting slowly replaced themselves anyway. And this time by something that is indeed superior! So at this point cassettes would have been replaced by those stuff anyway.
Funny thing is, in a way history repeats with the CD as well-with the stuff the CD was indeed superior to the Cassette!
Datastorage. Particularly games.
That's the one usage of the CD we should keep instead of the new methods.
But, I fear, like music Cassettes were mostly replaced by CD's, so will Game Disc's be replaced by wireless download and whatnot. And this time we won't even have much to say in the matter. I'll bet the PS7 or something at the latest won't even have an variant that can read Discs! Not because we, the customers want it-because theCompanies want it. And they will enforce it, step by step, till we have no other choice left.
I mean, it already started! There's already an variant of the PS5 without an disc reader, and ye can bet it's not just cheaper because it lacks that component! That's on Purpose!
And furthermore, many Games nowadays aren't even playable anymore without an big Download-even when they are on an Disc!!!
And as soon as sony stops suporting the PS5 or even the PS4… Well, let's say it like this, say goodbye to playing the games ye haven't still installed on that Device, ever again!

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Chase Edwards Edwards 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Type 4 sounds better sounding cleaner too

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chickensmack 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

OMG! That is the cassette deck that I got for Christmas in 1981, (my freshman year in high school). I got a different component every year for Christmas, throughout high school. By the time I graduated, I had what I thought was a bomb-ass Technics stereo. Now, there was a little issue I didn't discover until a year or two later when I got my first Walkman.
My Technics tape deck ran just a smidge slow. This meant that the albums I recorded on it sounded perfectly normal being played back on the same tape deck. I got the Walkman and actually purchased a cassette tape to listen on my way home. The next day I popped in one of my home-recorded cassette tapes and everything played just a smidge faster than I had ever heard. My older sister had scads of albums, so my cassette library was made up of stuff I'd recorded from her collection. After some experimentation, I figured out that the songs played slower on my Technics tape deck than on my Walkman. It was a strange little glitch that I just sort of accepted. I think I'd pursue a solution, if I found a piece of machinery behaving that way now.
And that awesome level display really took me back. I'd fall a sleep most nights with those bars being the only light in my room.
Thank you for triggering a memory from my teen years. Good stuff.

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Andreas Kasel 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

you can still buy new cassette players in germany… in normals stores

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Marc Whitford 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Awesome video thank you included things I never knew before.

One omission though were the brake off tabs on the top of the cassette.
Unbroken for repeat recordings and broken for regular music tapes brought from a music store for example.

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mgelliott86 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I still use cassettes, even got an 8 track to cassette adapter since my record player didn't have cassette

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Greg Bolls 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Still have maybe 50 of them, and they all still work perfectly

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Edward Evans 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

AH YES, THIS BRINGS BACK MEMORIES, I AM SO GLAD I CONVERTED ALL MY MUSIC TO MP3 WITH NOISE REDUCTION, COPYING ALL OF IT TO VARIOUS DEVICES AND DIGITAL STORAGE MEDIUM.

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Edward Evans 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I WENT FROM CASSETTES TO MP3 DISKS, SKIPPING CD'S BECAUSE OF PORTABILITY, PLAY LENGTH AND MIX ABILITY..

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Chuck Milliken 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Price to performance, I always chose CrO2. Metal was just too expensive.

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Dave Jones 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Cassettes have gotten a bad rep because people played them through lousy decks and boom boxes. But through a finely engineer ed deck like a Sony or Nack, they beat LP 's or CDs in my opinion.

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Lee Murray 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I thought the type ii cassette sounded the best

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John Lewan 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I used to have that exact Technics cassette deck. Recorded hundreds of albums on Maxell cassettes. Metal tape was like being at a concert!

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qwerty keyboard 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Walmarts cheap nasty cassette recorder plays tapes pretty well.

It sucks at recording tho.

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taketimeout2 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Rotating heads are awful. They wear out or break down and are very difficult to repair. Or they just get loose and flop about. DONT BUY AUTO REVERSE! It will break down, eventually. To change sides use your hands. That type of machine will run for ever and ever.

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Woo Six 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

THE SIXTIES MAN, I TELL YOU, IT SURE WAS THE PEAK OF CIVILIZATION

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david perez 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

MAXCELL EPITAXIAL CHROME 90 MIN IS THE BEST

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David Guerrero 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Tape is still being used for data storage.
I worked at a print shop were we backed up our files to tape.
Each tape held from 30-60 gb.

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Lost Beetle 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Well, I bought a technics m218 after seeing this video. Mine has the auto tape select instead of manual, but still the m218. Would have preferred manual but that's a small complaint. I wanted a good sounding deck without going broke and this video convinced me that what I have been reading about technics being good decks was correct. Most people are just pointing their cameras at the deck and uploading to youtube instead of properly recording the audio to digital like here.

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ashley1969 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

10:05 Heavy Tech by Anders Baldwin, Brandy Hoffman, Alice Shelton, Luke Barker, and Ruby Terry.

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Heriberto Mendoza 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

The Most Expensive cassette tape i purchased when i was a Teen was 20 dollars it was a Tape completely made of metal. It was an amazing product. I miss tapes, i loved recording my Rap Music on the Radio before the internet was invented.

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bwhog 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I never knew about the notches. That's pretty cool (and, yes, when I was 12, I didn't know what the "metal" button was for either.)

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Zebgoraja Holyhell 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

I am surprised he didn't mention using cassettes as a digital storage device for old computers such as the vic 20

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Sean Malahy 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Nakamichi used the mechanicall tape rotation in their RX series decks, but I believe the Dragon series of decks used separate, discrete heads, to avoid the mechanical complications of rotating the tape. I still have a Nak RX-505, and if nothing else, it looks really cool when it flips the tape around!

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cdstoc 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

In the late 1970's my friend bought a high-end Pioneer cassette deck that had separate record and playback heads, allowing the user to monitor the quality of a recording as it was being recorded. It also had a switch to allow for monitoring the input signal being recorded, or to switch back to monitoring the just-recorded tape. We tested several normal, silver oxide, and metal tapes and flipped back-and-forth between input and taped signals to compare them. We were surprised to learn that for his setup, the best tape was Scotch Dynarange ferric-oxide tape without Dolby, as we could not hear any difference at all. He stopped spending the extra money on metal tape.

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Sandwich247 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

That song that plays is Heavy Tech by
Brady Hoffman, by the way

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William Hoffman 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

One more thing. My Akai tape deck could record on any tape, iron oxide, chrome, or metal, but metal tapes were twice as expensive and weren't appreciably better so I used chrome tapes more than metal, not that metal tape isn't great, it is.

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William Hoffman 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Another thing that made cassettes great. Should a tape break you could buy a repair kit that came with pieces of magnetic splicing tape. Cut off the damage, tape the ends together, put the cassette back together and you could use it again. Good times.

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William Hoffman 20/10/2021 - 5:31 AM

Great stuff. In the early 1990's I had an Akai cassette deck for $169 that could copy CDs onto my Maxell chrome cassettes that cost $2 each and no one could tell them apart. The deck had Dolby B and C but the tapes were so good I could fool everyone using Dolby B, I hereby testify.

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