Vintage Cassette Decks
Vintage cassette players reached their peak in the component stereo era before the introduction of CDs and CD players. You can largely attribute the popularity of the tape deck to two things: the small size of audio cassettes, and the ease of recording on blank audio cassettes.
What Should You Look For in a Vintage Cassette Deck?
The first thing to look for is always condition; the better condition your cassette deck is in, the more use you can get out of your vintage stereo system. However, there are two other features that are also very important.
- Dual Decks:Hi-Fi systems with dual cassette decks are always a good choice especially for those people who do a lot of home taping.
- Three Heads: A three head deck has separate heads for record and playback, which not only means each head is tailored for its job, places the playback head directly behind the record head so you can listen to music as you record it.
Enjoying Vintage Electronics
Like many pieces of vintage electronics, A good cassette deck can last a long time so long as you take care of the tapes and be sure to keep it clean and in good running order. There are a lot of moving parts, so take care.