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    Does anyone here have a rich library of classical music on cassette tapes? Either as a remnant from decades past, or a continuously growing collection. If so, do you have any pictures of it?

    Only asking for curiosity's sake. I drive a 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and it only has a cassette tape player, no CD player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Only asking for curiosity's sake. I drive a 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and it only has a cassette tape player, no CD player.
    Congratulations for keeping with an older car. My daughter drives a 1997 Escort. I drive a 2001 Chevy S10 pickup.

    You can buy a device that plugs into the power outlet, tunes to an unused place on the radio dial, then feed music in through an MP3 player, or whatever device you want to plug into it. I was running that setup in my 1995 F150 that only has cassette. I had a 2GB MP3 filled with my favorite artist on shuffle.

    Here is a low priced unit: www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0SFMIH/
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    At point I drove a 1969 Cutlass Supreme. Different beast. 350 cubic inch V-8



    Going in a straight line was its specialty. Turning was not recommended.
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    I chucked about 300 cassettes on the dump 10 years ago. Half were mix tapes of my own, copies of albums i had (to use in older cars) or bootlegs of rock bands but there were also about 50 classical tapes too. Always hated tapes because of the hiss at high volumes and they always ended up getting mangled. Like Fritz says, there are lots of ways to upgrade old tape players in cars these days. I couldnt do without something that played digital media in my car, anymore.
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    I started with cassettes, including recording music from the radio as a kid, but slowly got rid of them.
    Now I think I only have one, besides some on the loft, because it's not that common a release - Ferneyhough's Sonatas for String Quartet.

    They can be had quite cheaply here, but I'm less satisfied with their sound quality and not at least their durability - they tend to decline as regards the sound.
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    I never purchased a commercially produced cassette. I had a deck to make mix tapes, copies of albums for the car and to record my own music. When it was clear my last deck was dying I copied them to audio files and disposed of them.

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    I still have dozens of rock and pop cassettes, both commercial (almost all bought for $1 each or less) or my own compilations.. I play them fairly regularly on a small bedside stand unit that combines radio, CD, and tape play with excellent headphone sound quality and cost only $29.99. Amazing!

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    I would rather upgrade to a CD car stereo that could be purchased for under $150 or whatever quality level one might desire: https://www.amazon.com/Car-Stereo-Re...n%3A6362488011
    Most stock cassette players can be replaced.
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    I use the cassette player in my 2000 Infiniti I30, but not in during the hot months (the tapes melt if the dashboard gets too hot).

    It also has a CD player.

    My collection of recorded music is 33% cassette, 33% cd's, and 34% LP's.

    My home audio setup has a dual cassette player, an LP turntable, and 5 disk CD changer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    At point I drove a 1969 Cutlass Supreme. Different beast. 350 cubic inch V-8



    Going in a straight line was its specialty. Turning was not recommended.
    Love it! My kind of car!
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    The Mustang my son and I bought last year had a high end head unit, subwoofer and 1000-watt amp. We tore it out and put a delete panel in.



    Looks way better and the car still has stereo.


    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Jul-27-2019 at 21:23.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    At point I drove a 1969 Cutlass Supreme. Different beast. 350 cubic inch V-8



    Going in a straight line was its specialty. Turning was not recommended.
    Beautiful car. Respect.

    I definitely plan on upgrading the stereo receiver eventually. In reality, I'm not going to be spending all that money building a classical library on cassette tapes. More so I was curious if anyone here ever went that route.

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