50 Years of Cassette Tape in 2013 - Who would have thought


I had an email newsletter the other day from Procopy, the company that
manufactures my CDs alerting me to amongst other things, the fact that the humble cassette tape has been with us since August 1963It started off as a scaled down version of reel to reel tape in a protective case and was used primarily as a dictaphone format. Dolby noise reduction technology introduced a few years later made it a viable option for storing prerecorded music for home consumption.


Four memories immediately come to mind when I think of cassette tape:


1. The cassette player at high school - it had this "green light" thing that could tell when it was the end of a track, so you could fast forward or rewind and the tape would stop magically at the right place. I still don't understand this modern miracle of the 1970s.

2, Putting my cassette player in front of the television to record programs. We didn't have video back then and that was your only option if you wanted any sort of recording of a television broadcast.

3. Putting a pencil in the holes from time to time to rewind the tape if the tape became loose inside (or outside) the player. This happened many more times than desirable but we all sucked it up and did it because thats what you did.

4. Waiting for your favourite song to appear on the radio so you could "pirate" it (pre bit torrent here too). You always missed the few first seconds of the song.


Just lately I've had a few people ask me for cassette tape copies of my albums. Thinking about doing a limited few.

Anybody else got some good cassette tape memories?

 

2 comments

  • naomi

    naomi Toodyay

    Well said, Adam - a great rewind! I checked 'yes' to all the above as well - especially laughed at your 'pencil in holes' point: I recently decided to transcribe a conversation from an old cassette from the 80s so the pencil has been a necessity. Do you remember also the super duper high tech DUAL CASSETTE option on stereos? I spent many hours of teenage life trying to recompile from one tape to the other, with (not very well) mixed results.

    Well said, Adam - a great rewind! I checked 'yes' to all the above as well - especially laughed at your 'pencil in holes' point: I recently decided to transcribe a conversation from an old cassette from the 80s so the pencil has been a necessity.
    Do you remember also the super duper high tech DUAL CASSETTE option on stereos? I spent many hours of teenage life trying to recompile from one tape to the other, with (not very well) mixed results.

  • sean riolfo

    sean riolfo popanyinning

    hi Adam. one of my fondest memories of cassette tapes was about 1977 when my cousin and i used to make our own radio show using my dads old tapes. We had to press record and play at the same time. Then we would dribble on about anything that amused us. Sadly i,ve lost those tapes. Does anyone remember having to fix your fave tape when it snapped or got twisted? Tediously taking out those tiny 5 screws , removing cover so you could stiky tape the two spools together? a lost art.

    hi Adam. one of my fondest memories of cassette tapes was about 1977 when my cousin and i used to make our own radio show using my dads old tapes. We had to press record and play at the same time. Then we would dribble on about anything that amused us. Sadly i,ve lost those tapes. Does anyone remember having to fix your fave tape when it snapped or got twisted? Tediously taking out those tiny 5 screws , removing cover so you could stiky tape the two spools together? a lost art.

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