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Do you still use cassettes?

Post by Wallingford » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:20 pm

For the fifth consecutive year, I pose the above question.

They're still being manufactured--and purchased (although less than ever, as per the trend). We're now in an age in which software of ANY kind is almost being rendered obsolete: for years now, far fewer people wish to buy a whole album, and if they want to store their recorded information, it's not with a tape or a disc.

Anyway: are cassettes of any use to you now?
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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by piston » Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:28 pm

If you mean by "use" do I still record music on cassettes, the answer is negative. But I have not transferred the content of those cassettes I have kept. They now mainly consist of recordings from old LPs, such as the music of Van Vactor, Imbrie, Bergsma, Kirchner, Hiller, Chadwick, etc., and of life performances on the radio, especially world premieres.
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Post by Brendan » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:24 pm

Wallingford wrote:For the seventh consecutive year, I pose the above question.

They're still being manufactured--and purchased (although less than ever, as per the trend). We're now in an age in which software of ANY kind is almost being rendered obsolete: for years now, far fewer people wish to buy a whole album, and if they want to store their recorded information, it's not with a tape or a disc.

Anyway: are cassettes of any use to you now?
A cassette is hardware, not software, and they will soon go the way of floppy discs (remember them?).

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Post by Lance » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:27 pm

Yes, on occasion, I still use them but not for professional applications. Sometimes people send me cassettes of things they have transferred and I am pleased I have kept several cassette decks on hand and in good shape. Cassettes are still "comfortable" to use for many, and those who don't want to go into digital but love recording off the air and even some live performances still use them to a good advantage. Unlike 8-track tapes, cassettes have stood the test of time, but I fear they are dwindling with each passing year. Even my Camry has both, a cassette deck and CD player. I rarely use the car's cassette deck, however.
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Post by stenka razin » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:14 am

piston wrote:If you mean by "use" do I still record music on cassettes, the answer is negative. But I have not transferred the content of those cassettes I have kept. They now mainly consist of recordings from old LPs, such as the music of Van Vactor, Imbrie, Bergsma, Kirchner, Hiller, Chadwick, etc., and of life performances on the radio, especially world premieres.
piston, I did the same thing you did, but, sadly those tapes are gone forever. I used to tape live performances of some of the great orchestras and so many of the works, I taped have never been recorded on CD, sadly.. :( .
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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by piston » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:25 am

I lost all of my old BASF reels, from the 1970s, due to my prior existence as a boarder in a Montreal basement. :lol: But the cassettes have resisted the erosion of time (and temperature) and, you know, they bring back memories such as when I was taping Sunday operas. For instance, I have a live version of Bolcom's A View from the Bridge with the Chicago Lyric Opera company, some US premieres of Saariajo, etc.
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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by Istvan » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:01 am

I used to buy musicassettes until the CD came along because they travelled well by post. They could have given very good results if they had been copied in real time on good quality tape and using good housing - all too often, especially from EMI, the tape would jam because the hubs were warped. I used to replace these but it was a very fiddling job.

Blank tapes were never any trouble and I used to tape a lot of radio concerts. I no longer play them much as cassette deck quality never advanced.
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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by MaestroDJS » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:09 am

I've kept all my old cassettes and LPs because they are still in good to excellent condition, and I still play them from time to time. I also continue to buy cassettes and LPs at 2nd-hand record shops if the prices are good. However most of my new purchases are CDs. I have bought a few downloads, but I ended up putting them on CDs anyway to play in the car.
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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by Heck148 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:53 am

Wallingford wrote: Anyway: are cassettes of any use to you now?
I have alot of performances recorded and available only on cassette....I haven't yet transferred them.

my old car had a cassette player, so I used them alot while traveling. new machine has cd player, so cassettes don't get much play nowadays.
I do have to transfer these [many] tapes to digital format tho.

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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by lmpower » Mon Sep 07, 2009 9:31 am

I still have a lot of audio and VHS tapes. I haven't bothered to transfer them to discs. It is only rather rarely that I play anything on a tape format any more.

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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:15 pm

When I first moved permanently to the US I confounded my Agent by insisting on sending Cassettes to Clients in the hope I got some work from it, I felt that if you liked my taste in Music you might like my Photography too, he thought I was nuts, but, it worked out well as we got plenty of assignments from it...my other point was that I stayed in peoples minds by sending music...in those days we made tapes especially for each shoot and often the Rock Stars/Bands would ask for a copy...one of the ones I always used was Jack Nitzsche's Soundtrack for One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest...eventually someone would always ask what the music was, I replied that it was music written for a Lunatic Asylum, I must have given away at least 50 copies of that CD... :wink:

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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by absinthe » Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:09 pm

Another great story, Chalkie. :)

I have a small supply of cassettes but since acquiring a pvr I tend to record off-air on that then cut it up with computer software if at all. I once had a small portastudio to make illicit recordings at concerts. I was thinking of getting an edirol portable digital. For such use it has integral mikes but with no moving parts that isn't a problem.

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Post by maestrob » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:56 am

I need a new cassatte deck, as my old one has quite literally worn out. I have lots of Dolby C cassettes, but didn't play them much when my deck was working. I feel like I'm moving on, and cassettes are just not important any more, but I hate to let go and wil probably get a new deck soon. Any recommendations?

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Post by Jack Kelso » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:40 am

I have tons of music culled from live radio performances on cassettes---some I recorded over thirty years ago. And they still sound great! I shall keep them always. Where else would I ever find rarities like Franz von Holstein's "Frau Aventure" Overture or Walter Zimmerer's "Blühender Frühling" (tone poem)?!

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Re: Do you still use cassettes?

Post by Jared » Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:04 am

because of my transient lifestyle (I have moved 13 times in 22 years) I have tended to 'shed' on a regular basis. I got rid of all my vinyl way back in 1993, my pre-recorded cassettes in about 1996, and my last blank cassette went in about 2000. sometimes, I pop into charity shops and se some absolutely fantastic material on LP for literally pennies.. and the fleeting thought goes through my head of purchasing another record player... but it doesn't last long!.. :lol:

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Post by Auntie Lynn » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:37 am

Yuppers, in fact, I just got a new Sony Walkman. Cassettes are the only thing when you are out hitting the pavement for the morning run. CD portables are too big...my faves for this undertaking are Creedence and the Gipsy Kings...

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Post by Jared » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:45 am

Auntie Lynn wrote: Cassettes are the only thing when you are out hitting the pavement for the morning run....
apologies, but I thought the ipod shuffle had cornered that market... :wink:

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Post by Donaldopato » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:05 am

I have a few of some LPs I managed to transfer. But none of my home equipment has a cassette player, so I use the car now and then.
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Post by LSAmadeus » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:36 am

Nope, no vinyl either. I want to be ab le to hear all the music recorded so its CD or mp3 for me.
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Post by Jack Kelso » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:06 am

LSAmadeus wrote:Nope, no vinyl either. I want to be ab le to hear all the music recorded so its CD or mp3 for me.
I LOVE the clarity that comes from tape (not pre-recorded ones!), especially TDK, BASF and Memorex. Done well, they can equal or even excell some CD recordings.

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Post by LSAmadeus » Wed Sep 16, 2009 2:53 am

Jack Kelso wrote:
LSAmadeus wrote:Nope, no vinyl either. I want to be ab le to hear all the music recorded so its CD or mp3 for me.
I LOVE the clarity that comes from tape (not pre-recorded ones!), especially TDK, BASF and Memorex. Done well, they can equal or even excell some CD recordings.

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You must have a high end tape deck then, that gives no hiss or distortion. Yet you can have all that a lot cheaper with a CD player.
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Post by Jack Kelso » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:57 am

LSAmadeus wrote:
Jack Kelso wrote:
LSAmadeus wrote:Nope, no vinyl either. I want to be ab le to hear all the music recorded so its CD or mp3 for me.
I LOVE the clarity that comes from tape (not pre-recorded ones!), especially TDK, BASF and Memorex. Done well, they can equal or even excell some CD recordings.

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You must have a high end tape deck then, that gives no hiss or distortion. Yet you can have all that a lot cheaper with a CD player.
I have both....and play them both over my Pioneer equalizer---WOW!!!

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Post by LSAmadeus » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:11 am

Nice!
I don't even have a decent CD player. Just a cheap ghetto blaster and the Xbox. Got a decent amp at least! (Not that I can use it because the xbox has digital output and the amp is analog!)
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Post by Heck148 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:07 am

Jack Kelso wrote:I LOVE the clarity that comes from tape (not pre-recorded ones!), especially TDK, BASF and Memorex. Done well, they can equal or even excell some CD recordings.
I agree - the clarity and frequency response on the best metal cassettes could be really quite stunning...also, you could load the signal pretty substantially on the metal cassettes, and get a nice clear, high recording level, with low noise...

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Post by violinland » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:02 am

Interesting topic. I am afraid I have kept all my mediums over a period of 68 years . They are cylinders 78s cassettes LPs and reel to reel. I am just about to buy a Summer House to take the overflow. As you can imagineit it is a big collection. Just in passing, I have found the the cassettes are nearly all in good playing condition while some of the more expensive reel to reel tapes have started to deteriorate. Has anyone else had this problem?

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Post by Heck148 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:05 am

violinland wrote:Interesting topic. I am afraid I have kept all my mediums over a period of 68 years . They are cylinders 78s cassettes LPs and reel to reel.
I've found that my metal cassettes seem to hold up pretty well - some of the older, cheaper tapes begin to "print-thru". I should really go thru them and TR them to CD ASAP.

some of my reel-to-reel tapes sound stunningly good - both live ones, and early TRs I did of the original digital LPs that were released.
incredible depth of sound, with wide frequency response. the sonic "space" is amazing.
I don't use this medium too much, so I don't know if there's been much deterioration.

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Post by Jack Kelso » Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:10 am

Heck148 wrote:
violinland wrote:Interesting topic. I am afraid I have kept all my mediums over a period of 68 years . They are cylinders 78s cassettes LPs and reel to reel.
I've found that my metal cassettes seem to hold up pretty well - some of the older, cheaper tapes begin to "print-thru". I should really go thru them and TR them to CD ASAP.

some of my reel-to-reel tapes sound stunningly good - both live ones, and early TRs I did of the original digital LPs that were released.
incredible depth of sound, with wide frequency response. the sonic "space" is amazing.
I don't use this medium too much, so I don't know if there's been much deterioration.
I find that if you use your tapes on occasion they remain faithful longer---even if you just rewind them!

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