Old Technology -- Failed
|This weekend I rescued from storage a large Rubbermaid tub full of audio cassette tapes. Most of them were dubs I had made years ago. I was interested in locating them since the Saabcar has a tape deck. Even though I run the iPod through the tape deck, I thought it would be nice to have some tapes in the car too. |
But also, I thought it might be fun to make a mix tape -- like the old days! Mixed in with my tapes was an unopened Maxell type II high bias tape. I still have my Sony double tape deck, complete with Dolby B, C and S. I got out some patch cords, hooked it up, and planned to do it up old style.
The ancient tape deck had other plans. I picked it up in the mid-90s, and hadn't used it in years. It was fine tape deck in its day -- I don't think they got much better than this. But when I put my Nirvana Nevermind dub in the player to try it out, the tape heads engaged and the dock locked up. I can't even eject the tape. I tried the other bay, which is playback only, dropping in my Primus Tales from the Punch Bowl dub, and it promptly locked up too.
It probably isn't worth fixing. I hate the idea of buying a new tape deck. Probably won't. Got all these tapes, but no tape deck -- except in the Saabcar of course. I'm just glad I didn't test the deck with anything irreplaceable, like my Peat Moss, Tab South, Sound Mind, Derek Wolfgram, or Escaped Fetal Pigs tapes -- or any of the original tapes of the midi compositions I did back in 80s -- all of which were in that tub of tapes.