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From: "Art Shifrin" <[log in to unmask]>
> Henry's, and others' accounts of these old things still playing are very
> strong arguments in favor of my advocacy of 1/8" cassettes as analog
> Those whose shells have deteriorated are easily transferred into new
> Of course the format's not as "hot" as 15 ips or 30 ips 1/4" or 1/2" full
> two track, but the idea of having a backup to digital tapes & disks that
> most likely will be playable X decades from now is a comforting,
> thought. Yes, it'd be wonderful if the date on a disk or tape or hard
> containing a best possible resolution digital clone of a master be
> But if they were to have failed, wouldn't it be precious that at least, a
> state of the art analog cassette could be played instead of highly
> corrupted, drop out ridden or even worse, unplayable digital versions?
> As the format nopw exists, recording in only one direction would be
> But as per my original post, full track & two track would be preferable.
> And, such special format cassettes would be substantially compatible with
> conventional players.
What I wonder is, though, how long cassette PLAYERS will continue to be
available? Right now, there are enough cassettes around (and enough still
to justify the sale of cassette decks, and the inclusion (which can be
done) of cassette players in cheaper "all format" (Tape/CD/sometimes LP's)
players. Like the 78 speed on record players, this may not be a permanent
The harsh reality is that we may have to find a machine which presses
discs and use that for archiving...I have shellac records over a century old
which exhibit no deterioration other than wear!
Steven C. Barr