Didja miss me?

Posted by: Silver_Moon

Didja miss me? - 07/26/13 09:49 PM

Yes hi! It's been a while. I have news! I received something very special yesterday, and I am very happy about it.


smile I looked up the model number of it, and can't find much about it unfortunately.

Also, I'm on new medicine.

As for Music, I'm into a band called Japan now. They weren't super popular apparently so their records are very hard to find for a good price. Sigh.

Here's my favorite song of theirs.

Posted by: MrB

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/26/13 10:35 PM

So pleased for you on your new music.

It's been 29 years this fall since I have had a phonograph player. I had just moved across Dodge City, to my new house after my divorce. The stereo I had ended up side down. I took that as a sign for me to get a new system . Discovered a new thing called a Compact Disc Player. Wow! Never heard about it at the time. Bought it. Cost me $450 back in '84. I looked around for CDs to play.

I bought three of the four in town. Amazing at the time.

You have brought back memories.

So glad to see you back here again. I have been thing about how you were doing.

Dave
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/26/13 10:47 PM

Well, I've been looking for one for several years. This is all very exciting!

I'm flattered that you were thinking about me. I'll try to post more often.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 02:53 AM

.
Hey, Sweetheart! smile

Let us know Steve's Make & Model#
it would help us to know what to search for
should 'he' need replacement parts and so forth.

AH! The "OLD Penny on the Tone Arm" trick...
...yeah brings back memories...

OK, Bad News First:
The MAJOR issue you're going to encounter is
REPLACEMENT Needles (Called Cartridges) that's
the little snap-in unit that holds a jewel chip
(usually Sapphire because of it's Hardness)
because no matter how hard the jewel, THEY STILL
CHIP AND WEAR OUT Pretty Darn Quick!!!
WARNING: Worn-Out Needles will TOTALLY WRECK
A Record In Very Short Order (one or two plays)
especially with a Penny On the Tone Arm... that's
supposed to be perfectly Balanced so that the
"needle" barely touches the surface of the record.

BASICS: "NEEDLE" is a misnomer. They stopped
using Steel NEEDLES back in your Grand Mother's Day.
(as I said earlier, they switched to polished chips
of jewels (later still, Synthetic Jewels)) to increase
the "life" of the 'needle'... and thus, reduce the
amount of Wear-Damage they inflict on your
precious, and I imaging RARE Vinyl Records.

Second, There's no real "Surface" on a record, just
GROOVES... along the side of which the the music
is microscopically etched. If you chip away the
microscopic vinyl that causes the needle to vibrate,
that then gets translated into electrical impulses,
cause the magnets in the speakers to vibrate, that
causes the air to vibrate, which the ear translates
into SOUND... better yet... MUSIC!

As a dull needle scrapes away those microscopic
bits of vinyl from the inside of each groove, it can
now be heard as "HISS" or worser still "POP" ...so
annoyingly familiar to us "old geezers" wink

IOW, Save your rare & precsious Vinyl until you
locate a source of the now obsolete needle cartridges.

NEXT: The purpose of the TWO Cassette Decks, is of
course, for "DUBBING"... the old term for Creating
Your Own "Mixes" or Copies of Music-to-Tape, in
Steve's case... the option of copying Vinyl recordings
(thus extending the "Life" of the record) or CDs
which were still relatively rare---back then--- to a
more familiar and available source, A TAPE-PLAYER

laugh Hey Guys... remember those big ol' personal
tape players we used to tote around prior to single
MP3 Players.. and eventually those now famous
"THOUSAND-SONGS-IN-YOUR-POCKET"iPods? laugh
(wot're they up to now? 80,000 Songs In Your Pocket?)

...anyway...
Find out Steve's Make & Model Number (usually
located on the back of the unit) Score yerself a
fresh cartridge ASAP... whistle
..and have FUN with Your New Tech-Toy.

SOUND EXCHANGE BLOG
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Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 05:51 AM

I wish I had some blank tapes, creating mixtapes sounds fun.
Now, I looked on the back of Steve. He's a magnavox fcd-196 bk02. I have a feeling styli are going to be expensive...
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 07:11 AM


One of the beauties of "4 Track Cassette Tapes"
is the ability to Erase Them & Record over them
multiple times.
But 1) Don't go wreaking your dad's old recordings
without asking first... Who Knows.. He might be the
Soul-Owner of Grateful Dead Bootlegs , er sumpthin'!
(ONE Of a kind, and irreplaceable since Jerry G.
is no longer with us. ((R.I.P.)) )
And 2) Be aware that The SAME CopyRight Laws
apply to "cutting tapes" as "Burning .MP3s !

You can mix a personal tape for yourself, but
Selling Them is a HUGE "No-No"

Otherwise, Have A Blast!
We sure did! grin

Oh.. 3) I wouldn't "tape over" store-bought tapes,
they were even more expensive than vinyl albums
...once upon a time... whistle
Posted by: AusMac

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 07:23 AM

One cannot accidentally tape over store bought cassettes as they have tabs that prevent it. One needs to break the tabs out if one wants to record over it.
Posted by: six_of_one

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 07:49 AM

Originally Posted By: AusMac
One cannot accidentally tape over store bought cassettes as they have tabs that prevent it. One needs to break the tabs out if one wants to record over it.

Other way around: if there is no tab, you can't record. The store-bought album cassettes just have an indentation -- if you want to tape over them, the easiest way is to put a piece of scotch tape over the indentation and you're good to go ;-)
Posted by: AusMac

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 07:55 AM

Originally Posted By: six_of_one
Originally Posted By: AusMac
One cannot accidentally tape over store bought cassettes as they have tabs that prevent it. One needs to break the tabs out if one wants to record over it.

Other way around: if there is no tab, you can't record. The store-bought album cassettes just have an indentation -- if you want to tape over them, the easiest way is to put a piece of scotch tape over the indentation and you're good to go ;-)



I stand corrected. Yes, now I remember.. you broke out the tabs to stop them being over recorded on blanks you had recorded.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 08:02 AM


...and put a piece of sticky-tape over the
knock-out tabs to make it recordable once again.

not very effective for security purposes
but they helped prevent accidental erasures.
Posted by: AusMac

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 08:11 AM

There was a stage in history where the roadsides were littered with mangled cassette tapes that frustrated drivers had pulled out of their car cassette players.

Now old CD's lay littered about. Walkmans fill landfills and everyone has an iPod.
Posted by: garyW

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 09:52 AM

mint vinyl. (check your pm)

Posted by: Celandine

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 10:39 AM

Originally Posted By: GAHeroine
I wish I had some blank tapes, creating mixtapes sounds fun.
Now, I looked on the back of Steve. He's a magnavox fcd-196 bk02. I have a feeling styli are going to be expensive...


Just to give you an idea of aprox. pricing:


IF Still Available
Posted by: Silver_Moon

Re: Didja miss me? - 07/27/13 11:26 AM

OMG.

I'm not recording over my first print Bruce Springsteen box set.
NO.

My dad does not have any tapes anymore.