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I forgot how good sounding some cassette tapes were (are)

I bought a fully serviced (factory spec) Nakamichi RX-505 last week, great deal couldn't pass on it. Someone dropped it off for service and never came back after 30 days and their contact Ph# was disconnected. I just so happen to drop in and there it was for sale.

Nak can make a cassette tape sound sooooo good it's unbelievable (not an April Fool joke). I've spent hours over the last few day buying tapes from thrift stores at 35-50 cents a pop. A great find are the 'home-made' metal bias tapes. Metal tapes are big $$$ these days.

I do have a question: Which way is best to re-record on a used metal tape? 1) just record over it w/my 3 head Nak or 2) Use a demagnetizer to erase the tape before recording?

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Re: I forgot how good sounding some cassette tapes were (are)

I haven't bought any blank cassettes recently. I bought a carton of TDK-MA's several years ago so I don't know what current pricing is. Nak's always were the best cassette decks available. I am certain either of my Nak's (ZX-7, LX-5) sound better than any MP3 player. I don't have a bulk eraser. I always erased a tape first before re-recording on it. I haven't been playing cassettes much lately. I do have a collection (300 or so) of tapes I recorded. Maybe I'll play some of them today. Thanks for prompting my memory.

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I used to own a Pro Walkman. My Naks walked all over it. Naks seem to have a different eq so their tapes don't sound right on other machines and vice versa.

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My rig is composed of a lot of "classic" gear. I even have a Teac 3340 RtoR. I leave it out just for show. Yes, it does work.

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I own a vintage Nakamichi 480 that I purchased new in 1980. Nakamichis do have a unique sound that I always loved. If you're not aware of it, TDK was the manufacturer of Nakamichi branded cassette tape, which the machines are calibrated for (bias and EQ). The only other tape that sounded reasonably close, in my opinion, was Denon. Grab the TDK metals if you can find them.

Mark

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fyi,acoustic sounds sell empty cassette tapes.

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I've got two Naks a ZX-7 and LX-3. I've been sitting on a case of TDK MA. Although cassettes see little use here I keep the tape and the machines ready.

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