What to do with old cassettes?

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by souljacker, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

  2. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    Not mine, but a nice wee collection:
  3. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    Get a cheap boiler suit and some glue, smash the tapes open and make a shimmering, ferrous ghillie.
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  4. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

    Be aware of ‘sticky spool syndrome’.

    If a tape hasn’t been played for ages it can sometimes stick to itself so it’s recommened to forward and rewind the tape before you play it.
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  5. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Bic biro's were invented for spooling tapes :cool:
  6. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    As we are talking about tapes, remember these beauties?

    79882a2344496bf9b7a8e529189e1c05.jpg Sf2.jpg
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  7. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.


    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I played some tapes I made from nearly 30 years ago the other day and they were fine.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Who'd have thought all that taped shit with badly drawn covers would look so appealing in the future.

    I never did them for myself (always wanted the real thing where possible) but do have a few comps made and doodled by past girlfriends.
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  10. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I taped an album the other day for the first time in about 20 years. I found a record in a charity shop I wanted to give to a friend**, but I enjoyed listening to it so I taped it before I gave it away. Doing that was a proper blast from the past.

    ** It'll Shine when it Shines, by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I wanted a song on our last album to sound like it was 'on tape' so I played it from the desk and recorded it to a crappy tape recorder in the middle of the room. I then played the tape recorder playing it back into a cheap microphone.

    It ended up sounding pretty much like the original, but with the sound of the tape being clicked on and off at the beginning and end.
    Interesting side note. The pressing plant at first rejected the recording because of the click sound the tape machine play and stop buttons made. I had to explain at length over the phone what they were, as the pressing company (or whatever you call them) seemed to have no idea what a tape machine was.
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  12. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    I chucked a load of them when i moved house. I regret it now because it was akin to having a diary of my youth in a way. Stuff recorded from pirate radio, from vinyl i'd bought and lost, recordings of parties/ raves we played at. It always took me back (to happy times) when i played them back. I probably dumped 150 plus tapes that covered my musical tastes from the age of 15 up to 25.
  13. Sea Star

    Sea Star have you ever explored your dark side?

    awww, looks like my old collection. Now I feel sad :(

    ETA - I left a load at home when i came to London thinking they'd be safe there - my best ones, the ones I made when i was aged 15 to 20. They never surfaced again. I'm pretty sure my mum threw them out :(
  14. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    I did exactly this too and I also now wish I hadn't.
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  15. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    I kept them in old trainer boxes and reluctantly dumped because i needed the extra space and rarley listened to them. I gained that extra space and is now full of vinyl, which im supposed to be cutting down on :D :facepalm:
  16. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    Did you ever play on Power FM in Dublin? That was my brother and his mates station, still going but internet only. I played on there once or twice.
  17. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    No, I was only at ABC Radio in Waterford & Hits954 in Limerick, back in the early 80s.
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  18. spitfire

    spitfire Toast

    I remember the glory days of Sunshine FM......early '80's as well. :D
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  19. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    That's good wallpaper (for the khazi rather than the laptop)

    SPLIT ENZ ... my word, that brings back memories! :)
  20. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut ... the Great.

    Sunshine & Nova in Dublin, South Coast & ERI in Cork plus ABC in Waterford were rated as the five 'super-pirates' at the time, out of 70 odd stations across the country, being the only ones with professional imported transmitters, pumping out 1Kw or more.

    There was a strong connection between Sunshine & ABC, with DJs working for both at various times, I used to stay in the Sunshine staff house, situated behind their broadcast base at the Sands Hotel in Portmarnock, when I was up in Dublin doing the rounds of the ad agencies.

    One such DJ was Johnny Lewis, he could always drink me under the table, who has been out on the Radio Caroline ship this weekend for their monthly live link-up with Manx Radio, also transmitted on their new licenced outlet of 648AM for the Suffolk & Essex, ironically a former BBC World Service channel, and more ironic using the former BBC WS mast at Orfordness. :thumbs:
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  21. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner


    I still play them. I bought one of those systems where you can transfer vinyl and cassette onto mp3 or disc but I can't be bothered, I just play them.

    These two are my faves at the mo, ive got hundreds of others and like sealion said up thread they are like a diary of your youth.
  22. eatmorecheese

    eatmorecheese Be who you needed when you were younger

    I feel old :D
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  23. eatmorecheese

    eatmorecheese Be who you needed when you were younger

    That's a great picture. The hours of devotion that went into this collection :cool:
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  24. alan_

    alan_ Well-Known Member

  25. souljacker

    souljacker 1, 2, 3, 4, let's have a thumb war

    After reading this, I've just pulled the bin bag of my tapes (i.e. not the purchased ones) out of the bin. There will be some absolute gems in there from pre-commercial kiss, rave fm etc.

    As for the commercial ones, there aren't actually many, but i'll put a list up and if anyone wants them, they are welcome to them.
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  26. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Tapes, audio or video should not be sent to landfill as the music/films/tv is so entertaining to young plants that they stay in the ground and won't grow.
  27. plurker

    plurker tú no tienes la culpa mi amor que el mundo sea feo

    Genuine question.
    You mean take the feed direct from cassette player to laptop, not running out via amp?
    I'm running an old NAD separates system and there is no line out on the tape deck itself.

    I have about 50 rave tapes and pirate (DonFM and Girlz FM mainly) that I've been meaning to do for ages. I've resolved to digitise them all this year
  28. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    I've every intention of acting on this post pk's and have done since I bookmarked it in 2005. I suspect despite it's antiquity, it still contains solid advice :thumbs:
  29. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

  30. mojo pixy

    mojo pixy unquantifiable hazards

    You may need to go through the amp but some tape decks (like mine) have a line out with volume control and / or headphone socket. Fair question.
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