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This link to an op-ed
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/24/opinion/our-misplaced-nostalgia-for-cassette-tapes.html?ref=opinion&_r=0>
in today's NY Times should warm the hearts of those cassette and CD
diss-ers and Grinches on this list (you know who you are <g>). I personally
still have a functioning TASCAM MK-II deck that was intended to be a
transfer-to-digital device when I purchased it around the turn of the
millennium, but is more often used simply for playback of items in my
collection of tapes, carefully assembled in the 70's, 80's and early 90's.
I know that I am tempting fate, but even the ones that are 30+ years old
still sound OK to me and mechanical failure has only been an issue once or
twice and even then, I think the playback mechanism was to blame rather
than the tape itself. Of course, my satisfaction with what I hear may be
the happy result of my auditory capacity's decline as I slipped slowly from
my 20's to mid-60's as the tapes experienced their parallel decline in
frequency output.

Bah, humbug,

Peter Hirsch