[Maybe OT]British Library National Audit of Sound Collections

David Cantrell david at cantrell.org.uk
Tue May 19 04:09:15 PDT 2015

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 05:16:03PM +0100, Jim web wrote:
> In article <20150518113734.GA21641 at bytemark.barnyard.co.uk>, David
> Cantrell <david at cantrell.org.uk> wrote:
> >  So I bought a decent cassette deck, and a few modern
> > commercial recordings just to make sure I had everything working
> > properly. The commercial recordings played back OK, so I started feeding
> > old demo tapes in and transferring them to CD. About half of them had
> > very serious problems such as the tape getting tangled up, or
> > stretching. After a dozen or so I just gave up.
> You may have been unlucky.


>                            In recent years I've used a 2nd hand cassette
> deck to make digital versions of many of my old cassettes. Up to now that's
> worked fine for over a hundred tapes mainly made in the 1980s. (I switched
> from R2R at the start of the 80s.)
> That said, the tapes are Maxell, and the deck a Nak Cassette Deck 2. So the
> deck may be treating the tapes more kindly than many decks.

In this case the tapes are whatever unsigned bands consisting of
impoverished students could buy in bulk. So cheap crap made out of swarf
and brown paint probably.

David Cantrell | http://www.cantrell.org.uk/david

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