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You already know about this, Dave, but I'll post it anyway

About a year ago, I spotted a lot of about 50 R2R tapes with a $300 buy it now. They were just thrown into boxes willy-nilly. I was able to spot a handful of desirable 2 tracks in the pictures, at least enough to more or less justify the price. Since I could only see about 1/4 of the tapes in the pictures, and it didn't seem like the guy was knowledgeable enough to have put the good ones on the top, I took a flyer and bought the lot. Long story short, there ended up being about 90 tapes, with 60-some 2 tracks, and they arrived in immaculate condition, no thanks to the most half-assed packing job imaginable. I sold the ones that were duplicates and some of the 4 tracks for more than I had paid, so in the end, I was able to add close to 50 2 tracks to my collection for next to nothing. There were a lot of Capitols, some nice Angels (including Oistrakh Encores and the Oistrakh/Fournier Brahms Double), and almost all of the Columbia 2 tape sets of Broadway cast recordings, which I was very happy to get. I wish that kind of thing happened more often!

I have noticed the slowdown in the number of R2R tapes listed on Ebay. Kind of curious. Just goes in cycles, I suppose.

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  • You already know about this, Dave, but I'll post it anyway - vinyl phanatic 21:02:35 11/23/15 (1)


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