Home Tape Trail

Reel to reel, cassette and other analogue tape formats.

Let me add one.

For a while, this was my most infuriating. Until I calmed down. But even so.

I saw a 7 1/2 ips E. Power Biggs tape of Handel works whose Ebay seller opened the bidding at 99 cents. I won it at $1.04. Plus 4 bucks shipping. Whoop-de-do. Great deal. Got the notice to pay for it. Via PayPal, of course. So I TRIED to do so, but for some reason PayPal wouldn't let me complete the transaction. First time this has ever happened.

As a card-carrying obsessive, I tried various work-arounds, ended up PHONING Ebay, got transferred to PayPal, talked to an actual human being who helped me make the payment.

Weeks passed.

Eventually, I contacted the seller by email, who answered with just four words ... "I show it unpaid." I responded that PayPal had confirmed my payment. No response from the seller. I finally figured, for $5.04, why am I giving a damn?

Then, lo and behold, it showed up.

It was recorded at 3 3/4 ips. And sounded like it.

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  • Let me add one. - Dave Pogue 05:38:46 11/27/15 (0)


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