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Any favorite Ebay tape-buying stories?

Not that long ago, you could find nearly 10,000 tapes for sale or auction on Ebay. Now there are fewer than 7,000, with slim pickings if you're not into Jim Nabors and Barbra Streisand,

Over the years, while I bought some 300+ tapes there, it has become clear that many or most sellers get their tapes from garage and estate sales and have no decks to play them on. I've been happy enough with most buys, but the following are common:

1. 3 3/4 ips tapes sold as 7 1/2 ips.
2. tapes missing the first couple of minutes
3. tapes in the wrong box
4. so-called "safety masters" that are anything but

One of my weirdest was a completely unknown flute/harpsichord duo masquerading as a couple of Haydn symphonies. Only with the knowledgable assistance of Vinyl Phanatic was I able to learn that I had six Telemann sonatas in hand. What has your experience been?


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Topic - Any favorite Ebay tape-buying stories? - Dave Pogue 05:21:35 11/22/15 (7)

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