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Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Oct 12, 2023 4:48 pm

Does anyone know if blank cassette tapes are still available anywhere?


I don't mean to brag, but I just put a puzzle together in 1 day and the box said 2-4 years.

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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Oct 12, 2023 10:27 pm

Thanks. I was just speaking with our neighbour. She has a Amazon account. she is ordering some for me.

I got a new Kenwood dual cassette deck in 1997 and I haven't tried it out yet.
I don't mean to brag, but I just put a puzzle together in 1 day and the box said 2-4 years.

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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by TC Talks » Thu Oct 12, 2023 10:42 pm

Record some radio catches
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by Mega Hertz » Fri Oct 13, 2023 6:14 pm

I find them at used record stores, too. My aunts had a bunch in their attics and gave them to me.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by TC Talks » Sat Oct 14, 2023 8:15 am

Mega Hertz wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2023 6:14 pm
I find them at used record stores, too. My aunts had a bunch in their attics and gave them to me.
Old tape becomes delaminated in attic environments. Buying new tape is a good idea.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by Mega Hertz » Sat Oct 14, 2023 10:11 am

TC Talks wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2023 8:15 am
Mega Hertz wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2023 6:14 pm
I find them at used record stores, too. My aunts had a bunch in their attics and gave them to me.
Old tape becomes delaminated in attic environments. Buying new tape is a good idea.
The amazing thing? They work great. I used a couple of them and had no complaints. All in all, it's better to get it new. I must have been lucky.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by TC Talks » Sat Oct 14, 2023 11:54 am

Mega Hertz wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2023 10:11 am
TC Talks wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2023 8:15 am
Mega Hertz wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2023 6:14 pm
I find them at used record stores, too. My aunts had a bunch in their attics and gave them to me.
Old tape becomes delaminated in attic environments. Buying new tape is a good idea.
The amazing thing? They work great. I used a couple of them and had no complaints. All in all, it's better to get it new. I must have been lucky.
Maybe they are metal
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Oct 14, 2023 11:57 am

So, if I got some used ones that were originally sold pre-recorded, could I erase them, or are they somehow protected to prevent accidental erasement?
I don't mean to brag, but I just put a puzzle together in 1 day and the box said 2-4 years.

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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by TC Talks » Sat Oct 14, 2023 5:46 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2023 11:57 am
So, if I got some used ones that were originally sold pre-recorded, could I erase them, or are they somehow protected to prevent accidental erasement?
You can use a magnetic eraser, or record over the existing stuff. I would suggest recording silence to "blank" the tapes by recording silence on them.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by HD74 » Mon Oct 16, 2023 11:42 am

There are tabs on the top of the tape, one on each side, to record protect the cassettes.
You can replace them with scotch tape if they've been knocked out.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by TC Talks » Mon Oct 16, 2023 5:24 pm

HD74 wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2023 11:42 am
There are tabs on the top of the tape, one on each side, to record protect the cassettes.
You can replace them with scotch tape if they've been knocked out.
LOL forgot about those.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by Calvert DeForest » Fri Oct 27, 2023 9:13 am

Yep, I used to cut out little pieces of thin cardboard and Scotch-tape them over the tab slots. In hindsight the tape alone would have done the trick.

I was big on the Memorex 120-min (60 min per side) cassettes way back when. The longer cassettes were cheaper per amount of tape and came in handy for recording family events where I didn't need to worry about flipping sides every 30 minutes. Problem was the longer cassettes tended to tangle in the pinch roller more often. Finally realized it was because the longer cassettes had thinner tape to accommodate room in the housing. Stopped using 'em and stuck with the 60-min cassettes. Also switched to BASF and Ampex cassettes as the quality of tape and cassette housing was better than the Memorex brand.
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Re: Audio Cassette Tapes

Post by DJ-MichaelAngelo » Sat Nov 18, 2023 12:35 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2023 4:48 pm
Does anyone know if blank cassette tapes are still available anywhere?
I could've sworn I saw multi-packs of blank cassette tapes sold at Meijer, the last time I was browsing their electronics section. They carry more vintage products than you'd think!

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