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Re: Media Timeline - Historical Assistance Please

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"Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:39:52 -0500

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Hi, Corey,

The more I hear, the more I want to keep this to my narrow original 
concept: Formats for CONSUMER DELIVERY (mostly of MUSIC though I 
accept input regarding Old Time Radio, Talking Books, and a global 
perspective and I've acceded to pressure to keep the cassette out of 
the dead zone).

I don't think there was any significant attempt to sell pre-recorded, 
commercial (mostly music) recordings in any of the following formats:
--Recording wires
--Dictabelts
--IBM Executary magnetic belts
--Rim-drive reel machines
--Rim-drive cassette machines
--Microcassettes
--Minicassettes (a subspecies of rim-drive cassettes)

I am NOT planning on incorporating any of the above. Although their 
time lines can be of interest in dating historic artifacts, it's 
beyond the scope of the present project. It was pointed out to me 
that the death of manufacturing of a product/system by no means is an 
accurate method for date-ranging of a recording as a frugal field 
recordist might have stockpiled the fading format and used it far 
beyond the official termination date. For example, I have a few NOS 
DCC tapes which I guess I could still use for a field recording (if I 
were deranged and didn't want to use my file-based digital recorders).

There are four formats that I'm on the fence about:
--RCA Sound Tape cartridges
--Playtape (thanks, Shai)
--Revere/CBS tape cartridges
--Elcaset

What I need to understand is the depth (if any) of offerings in 
pre-recorded tapes for these formats. I know that at least RCA and 
CBS issued what amounts to not much more than "sample" recordings in 
these formats. I have a bunch of the Revere/CBS cartridges that a 
client gave me after I rescued some family stuff off a few, but that 
doesn't really count because his Dad had been involved in the 
marketing of the format.

I rescued a Sound Tape pre-recorded tape for a friend about eight 
years ago. It was a Disney or some other children's story and it had 
never been reissued in any other format that the friend could find 
even mention of--at least not with the same cast. But how broad was 
the Sound Tape commercial release?

I agree with Shai, I do not think there was any significant body of 
Elcaset commercial releases. I don't know about Playtape. I keep 
forgetting about it as a format. Apparently many others did, too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayTape  but before you say there's a 
CBS connection, note that the entrepreneur Frank Stanton 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Stanton_entrepreneur was not the 
same Frank Stanton who was President of CBS 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Stanton

Maybe I need to put Playtape on the list as here is a catalog of 480 
tapes in the format
http://bajasdogs.com/bajas_playtape_catalog.htm

Cheers,

Richard



At 01:24 PM 2009-12-31, you wrote:
>Would the Micro-cassette be worth mentioning perhaps as a 
>sub-species?  The format is still in production.
>
>What about the short lived Elcaset?
>
>http://home.claranet.nl/users/pb0aia/cm/elcaset/index.html
>
>
>Holiday cheers!
>
>Corey
>Corey Bailey Audio Engineering

Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada       (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes. 

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