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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:08 pm    Post subject: Cassette woes Reply with quote

I just got the DD issue of Diocletian's WOAAA, and with one particular tape deck it sounds like utter shit. Tracking issues, weird phasing sound in the treble, basically like all around omnivore piss. Unlistenable as far as I'm concerned. But get this: tried it on the other deck (a unit of the same model) and it sounds perfect. What's the deal? All other cassettes I've tried sound exactly the same on both units, so I have no idea why this tape is different. So, guys who've lived through a greater proportion of the cassette era than I did: what's the deal? Do I need to clean the heads, realign, or what?

On a tangential issue I also got the cassette version of Impetuous Ritual's latest, and what a fuck-up that is. Unlike the other tape, the sound is fine, but the track order is all fucked. It's supposed to be full album on one side, then the full album in reverse on the other side. Well, it's not. It's all the tracks except the final 15 minute track on one side, then some weird reverse conglomeration of tracks on the other side followed by the true (non-reversed) final track to close it off. What a clusterfuck.

0/2 on cassettes this week.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to know a bunch of old guys for no reason Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

inorite?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a resident old guy, I don't know what that is all about.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clean the damn head!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sleyja wrote:
Clean the damn head!!


i blew on it, does that count? Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to use Q-Tips and rubbing alcohol. Most people thought that was a bad idea, because the cotton on the swab would unravel and get stuck in the tape deck.

Seems like I also had a cassette that would clean the heads.

But that was a long time ago.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

melkor wrote:
sleyja wrote:
Clean the damn head!!


i blew on it, does that count? Surprised


Blow harder!!! and then dip the tip of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Clean the metal tape head with the tip of the cotton swab, rubbing it both horizontally and vertically until it is satisfied.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sleyja wrote:
melkor wrote:
sleyja wrote:
Clean the damn head!!


i blew on it, does that count? Surprised


Blow harder!!! and then dip the tip of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Clean the metal tape head with the tip of the cotton swab, rubbing it both horizontally and vertically until it is satisfied.

I heard the tape deck likes it when you spell the alphabet.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sleyja wrote:
melkor wrote:
sleyja wrote:
Clean the damn head!!


i blew on it, does that count? Surprised


Blow harder!!! and then dip the tip of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Clean the metal tape head with the tip of the cotton swab, rubbing it both horizontally and vertically until it is satisfied.


way ahead of you! i've packed isopropyl, q-tips, the offending tape, and some breath spray in my bookbag.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

melkor wrote:
sleyja wrote:
melkor wrote:
sleyja wrote:
Clean the damn head!!


i blew on it, does that count? Surprised


Blow harder!!! and then dip the tip of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Clean the metal tape head with the tip of the cotton swab, rubbing it both horizontally and vertically until it is satisfied.


way ahead of you! i've packed isopropyl, q-tips, the offending tape, and some breath spray in my bookbag.


Also spray a little graphite spray behind the little plastic gears that turn the tape. Do Not use anything like WD-40.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i polished that head until the gunk came out and it still sounds like shit!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

melkor wrote:
i polished that head until the gunk came out and it still sounds like shit!

Leave your penis out of this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nyarlathotep wrote:
sleyja wrote:
melkor wrote:
sleyja wrote:
Clean the damn head!!


i blew on it, does that count? Surprised


Blow harder!!! and then dip the tip of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Clean the metal tape head with the tip of the cotton swab, rubbing it both horizontally and vertically until it is satisfied.

I heard the tape deck likes it when you spell the alphabet.


IT DOESN'T Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WTF is "European Pro Tape"?

http://neverdead.bigcartel.com/product/tsjuder-antiliv-european-edition

It looks like it might be square. Can I play this on my American clock radio? Sad
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