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RE: Couple of points.

I don't see "non-audiophiles" buying much of anything we talk about here.

Probably the bulk of Ebay offerings are (1) from folks who bought tapes at estate sales and the like and (2) older tape nuts who are amazed to see the prices they go for today and want to cash in.

Your idea of Ebay tape pricing is a hoot. I used to restrict myself to ones selling for under 20 bucks. If I wanted to sell the tapes I bought even 2-3 years ago I could make quite a bundle.

A brand-new 10 1/2" tape on a metal reel still goes for ~$60 bucks. Difference is it's much better tape now. And I buy them in pancake form for $40-45. Oh, and the sticky shed tapes-- admittedly a serious issue -- were the early generation ones with back-coating and not all of those. If you stayed with Maxell or TDK you could forget about sticky shed.

I KNOW I'm not talking about a "consumer trend." But things in open reel tape-dom are a damn site different than they were just 5 years ago, when you'd never see a tape deck at any audio show and never see them mentioned, pretty much routinely, in The Absolute Sound or Stereophile.

And, with respect, your Revox is a POS. I had one :-)

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