Ah -October –
"At least someone is seeing a little excitement."
dry 64 degrees..
to cassette tape for an old friend.
Now - you got to be asking -
Why on Earth would I do this
when you can buy purchase the HighBridge cassette
from Ebay or Amazon for less than $25 bucks ?
There is even the Single Disc Mp3 Topps Trading Card Limited Edition Version that can be had for less.
( Not to mention the fact that -
I already copy of this release on cassette tape.)
of it's ultra smooth and very underrated
2 Ch. 24-Bit ( AKM AK4584) DAC chip.
You know – the same company that provided
the DAC to Sony for the infamous Playstation One
( accept that DAC was only a 1-bit Delta Sigma )
Pioneer's best Industrial LD Player ever produced
However, she doesn't play CD's.
but this was still one of the best sounding dual tape decks Pioneer ever made -thanks mainly in part to the on-board 20bit A/D, D/A DSP Noise Reduction chip.
This system actually works better going the other way around - when being used to transfer cassettes to CD = as the tape deck is a better playback unit than a reorder.
YES- I know – I can already hear some of you screaming right now- "A double cassette deck instead of a high end single well, three head/motor recorder you say... No way! Say it isn't so." The scene from Empire Strikes Back comes to mind – you know the one where Luke Screams “That's not true – that's impossible!” just after Vader tells him he's his Father. Yep.
It also leveled it.
As a matter of fact – it was better than the Monster
( in this case the Interlink 400 MKII ) ) that replaced it.
reviews of this cable were all of high praise
that costs under $300.
I couldn't agree more.
what more could you ever ask for?
Hence – The Fusions.
they really do a real nice job.
the CD player 1st to the amp – then out of the amp
( via the tape monitor out) to the tape recorder –
and / or vice versa – but in this case I ran the interconnects directly to the tape deck –
then out to the NAD – in order to preserve
the most direct signal path and thereby
reduce any signal loss.
Both desks have headphone jacks
and I'm going to use the headphone output
in the tape deck to monitor the transfer.
At this point – I bet you are thinking I'm making a transfer to a Maxell XSII-S or a Sony-UX Pro right?
way back in 1982, The Star Wars Radio Drama
came to one of my best friends
via the way of a guy who had “bootlegged” them
from our local NPR station and recorded it
on some Scotch AVC audio cassettes
that I've never seen since.
they were ( more likely than not) only manufactured
& sold in bulk to studio's, radio stations, business, etc etc, etc, but I've never been able to cross reference them w/ a barcode.
Now - since it was the early 80's,
I realize that Not all products for sale in retail
had switched over to the barcode system at this point,
so this is just my theory. I don't really know for sure.
AND There They Were!
A whole box of em – unused !
I bought them then and there, and
several days later –
here they be !
all I'd ever been able to find was the early 70's
Yellow Label Version of this cassette -
along with it's matching Open reel counterpart.
the look of the Clear HighBridge Produced cassettes .
The one thing I found odd about the HighBridge cassette production was the fact that -instead of only recording
one episode per side - the manufacture recorded
three episodes on a 45 minute tape –
and split episode 12 between sides One and Two –
so there is a break in the episode.
Not only was this strange, but I didn't care for it.
They could have accomplished this better if they did it
during a scene change – there are several, but no.
They split it during the middle of a scene,
and not even equally.
|Side A Tape 6 HBP 23246|
|Side B of Tape 6|
I realize that it was more than likely a cost saving move
as now instead of 7 cassettes - there are only six –
and this thing 1st retailed for only $39.99 in 1993.
The price later dropped to a mere $34.99 on the re-release in 1996 - even though they actually added cassette shell's for each tape.
they might (?) be in terrible shape.
God only knows.
maintained @ a temp range of between 69 -71 degrees for years, and while most play just fine, some of them are still not without issues.
Once I plugged both decks into my
OneAC Power Conditioner I was ready
for an all – nighter.
Yes – I've cleaned the heads and rollers, and
wiped everything down with an anti-static cloth, ok?
So after deciding which version
( either the HBP 25621, 25697, or the 30086 )
I was going to use – I loaded the CD tray,
inserted the 1st blank cassette -
put the Pioneer into record standby –
set the recording level – and "here, we, go" -
straight on till morning.
just on the off chance they might produce a 60Hz buzz.
we all know this stuff sounds better in the dark.
Did I manage to finish getting all the episodes transferred by the time I raised the garage door as the sun came up at 7am?
Well- Not quite – we stopped @ episode 10.
But how did we do when it was all said and done?
|The Work-Bench CD to tape/ tape to CD Transfer System.|
I had to stop after four cassettes to clean the rollers.
How did the tapes sound when I played them back?
Not bad ! But not great either.
Truth be told = the cassettes are so old -
there were dropouts. So- obviously
That wasn't the goal of this reproduction.
Dropouts aside -
except for missing that infamous
"An adaptation for Radio in thirteen parts " line
as read by the late Ken Hiller
I believe they might just be on par w/ the originals?
Wish we still had one of my beloved copies to compare.
I have no idea how long ( or how many plays )
you might be able get out of them –
but, truth be told, all things considered
I wouldn't recommend playing them very often -
or even at all. They might (?) leave behind a heavy residue –
and the tape might stick to itself or worse yet -
bind up inside the old cassette deck.
I'm willing to bet that he'll be stunned.