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Couple of points.

No argument that reel-to-reel is the ultimate hair-shirt medium.

So why am I and most of my audiobuddy friends spending so much of our listening time with tape these days? Can't be just the hypnotic effect of those spinning reels, since one of the guys has his system so situated that you can't see the reels.

And there's no problem finding blank tape or recorded tape or tape machines if you know where to look. Ebay has more than 12,000 listings on any given day. Most of the tapes are dreck but there are enough that aren't to keep the tape fanatic's juices flowing.

Oh, and the prices have steadily headed skyward, so the niche must be getting ever so slightly more substantial every year. And more and more new-production tapes are appearing, along with at least the promise of new tape machines.

But the key is ... listening.

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