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  • basementsong commented on ke4mcl's instructable How to Fix a Cassette Tape.3 months ago
    How to Fix a Cassette Tape.

    I sooooo Love this site!!! OK, I'm a dinosaur who has been trying to enter the 21st century. Some I Love, but some is too damn frustrating. Trying to play an old CD I made years ago and discovering that the apparatus I'm using says I have the wrong format. then there's 'protected' content, then... well, you get it. iPods are Satans gift to mankind! Everything is becoming so proprietorial and we have lost so much freedom to pass on, receive and copy things, and in this case music. I'm going back to tapes! I once spent hours, devoted entire days to 'segwaying' music of my choice to cassette tapes until I had an impressive collection of just music 'I' liked. Then decided to move to t6he woods, get back to nature and reduce my carbon footprint. Part of that reduction meant no grid electrici...

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    I sooooo Love this site!!! OK, I'm a dinosaur who has been trying to enter the 21st century. Some I Love, but some is too damn frustrating. Trying to play an old CD I made years ago and discovering that the apparatus I'm using says I have the wrong format. then there's 'protected' content, then... well, you get it. iPods are Satans gift to mankind! Everything is becoming so proprietorial and we have lost so much freedom to pass on, receive and copy things, and in this case music. I'm going back to tapes! I once spent hours, devoted entire days to 'segwaying' music of my choice to cassette tapes until I had an impressive collection of just music 'I' liked. Then decided to move to t6he woods, get back to nature and reduce my carbon footprint. Part of that reduction meant no grid electricity, ergo the need for tape recorders diminished.I left hundreds of cassette tapes outside (as I had no room for them in my cabin) Thanks to Instructables help, I built the technology I needed, developed a 12VDC system in my cabin and now I have the means to play cassette tapes. Then retrieving them in the overgrown weeds & bushes, they're not in the best shape. One by one I have been rejuvenating them. These cassettes are 40 years old. But most are working. Some still have problems. I notice a consistent reference to some type of lubrication, which in my case, has been indispensable. I have very sparingly used a combination of lubricants and my fav is a dry lubricant we know as graphite (dust) but even that one must NOT get it on the playable side of the tape, and still use it frugally. Great article, great site, and great people ! I'm a one-man-show out here and sometimes the going is tough. (worth it)but when I want 'REAL' answers, this is where I come. Thanks everyone who contributes!!!!!BTW, cassettes have released me and given me the freedom I experienced in the 70's to tape/copy ANY music I so choose that I can get my hands on without being at the mercy of the powers-that-be when they decide to change formats or systems or whatever we're locked into and at their mercy. No other tape deck has told me I have the wrong format to play a tape on. I am a bit restricted in finding ways around 'protected' stuff, but where there's a technology, there's a counter-technology! ]

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