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Old 4th November 2017, 04:54 PM   #1
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Cassette tape shortage -- relieved
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Article in this morning's Wall St. Journal on the efforts of a Missouri company to end the shortage of cassette tape:

A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling - WSJ

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Steve Stepp and his team of septuagenarian engineers are using a bag of rust, a kitchen mixer larger than a man and a 62-foot-long contraption that used to make magnetic strips for credit cards to avert a disaster that no one saw coming in the digital-music era.

The world is running out of cassette tape.


National Audio Co., where Mr. Stepp is president and co-owner, has been hoarding a stockpile of music-quality, ⅛-inch-wide magnetic tape from suppliers that shut down in the past 15 years after music lovers ditched cassettes. National Audio held on. Now, many musicians are clamoring for cassettes as a way to physically distribute their music.
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Old 4th November 2017, 06:00 PM   #2
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Let's see, 1/8 tape at less than 2 inches per second when pros use 1/4 inch at 15 ips. (30 ips if there worried about high freqs.) or 30 times as much tape on a machine that is recalibrated for the tape that's on it at the moment. And most recording engineers went to digital as soon as they could. Cassettes? The worst recording device on the planet, ( ok maybe the old wire recorder is worst) using crap home made tape. When you get one,record some tones, then play them back a month later. You'll stop using cassettes. And don't forget to clean the heads, that bathtub tape will probably leave all kinds of high freqs ( magnetic dust) on them.
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⅛-inch-wide magnetic tape
Hello jackinnj,

cassette tape is actually .150" wide.

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Old 4th November 2017, 08:03 PM   #4
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I use a Studer tape deck that isn't all that bad and regularily buy tapes as some music I'm into is released tape only. But even vinyl sounds better than cassettes.
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Hello jackinnj,

cassette tape is actually .150" wide.

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I don't think the WSJ will print a correction!
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Old 6th November 2017, 03:53 PM   #6
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I use a Studer tape deck that isn't all that bad and regularily buy tapes as some music I'm into is released tape only. But even vinyl sounds better than cassettes.
And the factory recorded tapes sounded a lot worse then the home made tapes. I only bought one, and it ended up in the garbage. 8 tracks sounded better. When are they making a comeback?
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And who releases music as cassette only? Not the smartest marketing going on there.
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8 tracks sounded better. When are they making a comeback?
Won't be long,there greater rarity will ensure it!
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I'd like to see some fancy R2R (but affrodable) tapes instead. Preferably 525 or 550meter reels.
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if your going to bring back "8 track tape machines" you need a "CB radio" to go with it...and a copy of Red Sovine's "Teddy Bear" to listen to...

sorry i remember the cassette tape era fondly...

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