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  • Why I still have an eight track player...

    It just doesn't feel the same without a "cha-chunk" half way thru Deep Purple's "April".

    "Ooh woo, I'm a Rebel just for kicks, now
    I been feeling it since 1966, now..."


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    I got my driver's license in July 1980 and the first car I owned was a 1977 Camaro which came with a factory AM/FM 8-track stereo. I had to keep all my tapes in a box in the trunk because they were so big & bulky there was nowhere in the car to keep them. That was the last 8-track stereo I ever owned.
    ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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    • #3
      I had one in my 1972 Pontiac Ventura. Someone broke into my car and stole all my 8-tracks tapes. I upgraded to a cassette player shortly after that.
      "If you don't do it this year, you'll be another year older when you do"

      http://davidm.smugmug.com/

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      • #4
        Why I still have an eight track player...

        so I could convert my old eight track tapes to CD's.

        Last edited by roach; 01-22-2014, 12:53 AM.

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        • #5
          You've got it all Roach, I'm envious. If I had all the electronic play things you have I'd probably be a Hun and never come out of my cave!
          ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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          • #6
            Originally posted by roach View Post
            so I could convert my old eight track tapes to CD's.

            As a lifelong musician and good friends with a guy who loves to collect vintage studio equipment I have to say that is the strangest and oddly most fantastic combo of technology I've seen yet. I want to laugh but I also want to say 'cool'.
            To a New Yorker like yourself, a hero is some type of weird sandwich. Not some nut who takes on three Tigers!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MD-IRLFAN View Post
              ...I have to say that is the strangest and oddly most fantastic combo of technology I've seen yet. I want to laugh but I also want to say 'cool'.
              This guy was my inspiration:



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              • #8
                A friend of mine growing up, when he got his first stereo for Christmas, got one that let you record on eight-track tapes.

                It endlessly mystified us that when we recorded music, or ourselves, the tape just jumped from one track to another with no interruption in sound; but on the tapes we paid for, the songs would fade in the middle before switching tracks...
                "I didn't hear a single comment about airboxes, "carbashians", or how terrible the car looked. I did see dozens and dozens of little kids in awe of the speed and how cool the cars looked. We should learn from our children."
                --Danny Noonan

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by roach View Post
                  so I could convert my old eight track tapes to CD's.

                  Wonderful!!

                  Its like seeing a Boeing 777 with canvas bi-plane wings
                  Live like Dave

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by skypigeon View Post
                    A friend of mine growing up, when he got his first stereo for Christmas, got one that let you record on eight-track tapes...
                    That unit in my picture is a player / recorder.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KevMcNJ View Post

                      Its like seeing a Boeing 777 with canvas bi-plane wings

                      Now that's funny!
                      ​a bad day at the race track beats a good day at work

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KevMcNJ View Post
                        Wonderful!!

                        Its like seeing a Boeing 777 with canvas bi-plane wings
                        And KevMcNJ takes the win!!!
                        To a New Yorker like yourself, a hero is some type of weird sandwich. Not some nut who takes on three Tigers!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by roach View Post
                          That unit in my picture is a player / recorder.
                          I really enjoyed using my 8-track recorder for all of 6 months... back then you really had to plan your lineup with a mind on when that cha-chunk was gonna come in. But only for 6 months because that was when TEAC came out with their top loading cassette recorder and I was able to replace my car's 8 track player with a new Pioneer cassette deck.

                          I always thought it was "odd" that 8-track was developed by Lear Jet.

                          "Ooh woo, I'm a Rebel just for kicks, now
                          I been feeling it since 1966, now..."

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                          • #14
                            <--- Also still has an 8-track recorder and tapes buried away.

                            I actually preferred 8-track over cassette tapes for automotive use.
                            I wish I knew - Dennis "Cutty" Wise

                            When its game time, it's pain time! - Terrible Terry Tate

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                            • #15
                              My first home stereo had an 8-track with quadraphonic sound. I had Dark Side of the Moon that was produced in quad. I loved listening to Money with the sound bouncing around all four speakers. It was the coolest thing back then.
                              "If you wait, all that happens is you get older" - Mario Andretti

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