Tips for buying a cassette deck, in 2013, in Chicago?
December 17, 2013 1:24 PM Subscribe
I'm putting together a stereo system that only needs to be able to play cassette tapes and vinyl records, because yes I am that
much of a hipster. I have my speakers and turntable, and I just picked up a 1970s receiver with integrated cassette deck...which stopped working almost immediately. How do you go about buying something with many breakable, moving parts that stopped being manufactured with any quality in the 1980s? Should I replace my receiver with just a receiver and get a standalone tape deck? Where do you even buy a standalone tape deck?
posted by Juliet Banana to Technology (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
-I'm fine with ordering online if the product is new, but I don't have the time or the money to buy 16 different cassette decks off eBay until I find one that works.
-I have $75 credit to Decibel Audio in Wicker Park, because I have to trade in this stupid dumbface receiver with the broken cassette deck. That will easily be eaten up by getting a new receiver, though.
-I am so dumb about all of this. Like, I am paying an ex to set all of this up for me by cutting his hair. I don't even know how to cut hair, but I know more about it than I know about audio equipment.
-I've heard pretty bad things about Auto-Reverse models (where you don't have to flip the tape) having issues over time. Are they bad enough to totally rule out auto-reverse models?
-Is anyone even *making* new standalone analog cassette decks that you plug into a stereo (as opposed to just everything-included boomboxes that include a cassette deck)?
-Is it a bad idea for me to buy another receiver+tape deck combo? Like, am I screwed once the Repair/Trade-In time period runs out and the deck craps out but the receiver still works fine?
-No one is recording to cassette for the crispest, clearest, high fidelity sound possible. I'm going to be listening to a bunch of garage punk and lo-fi local bands who recorded in a basement. My tape deck does not need to cost $2,588. And it can't, because I am already broke buying the rest of the components for my stereo.