Grateful Dead

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This came to mind because I'm cleaning out closets and coming across boxes and boxes of tapes and slides...

Back when the boys started playing, cassettes were a big breakthrough. For years, mailing them around the country was a huge part of the scene. Now you can often download a show right after it's been played, or watch it in real time from thousands of miles away. Things we could only dream of a couple of decades ago are now routine--not just real-time setlists, real-time video for all to see. In the olden days you had to send your film to the lab and wait with bated breath to see if that great shot turned out the way you hoped; now you can not only tell then and there, but you can send it to the world. With special effects.

What are you recording/listening/entrusting images to these days? Do you miss the old-school stuff? Are there devices you can't do without?

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transferring tapes

You might check out online for a cassette to digital converter and put them on CD before you toss them. There are some inexpensive ones but it looks like they just convert to mp3 which won't impress the collecting world. Probably something out there that will convert to FLAC for you. Then you still have the music and can toss the tapes or stick them in the attic for some future archaeologist to find!

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old tapes

hopefully, I'm not being an idiot and replying to the wrong topic, but I came on here to ask for suggestions as to what to do with old tapes. I can't really bear to throw them away. but I never listen to them and they take up space. I'd probably give them away if I knew someone who wanted them.

Now that I think about it, I should probably review each one to make sure there aren't any gems that aren't readily available on the internet or on an official release.

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Sony DTC-ES60 DAT Machine (and more) *bump*

I have a Sony DTC-ES60 DAT Machine purchased new for a pretty penny, close to a grand paid back in '96. Carefully packed and stored. I have it listed on eBay with the original manual and remote. One owner, used sparingly.
It has been personally tested and it works great! I also have a box of DAT tapes to throw in as well. Check it out if you are interested. I also have a Tascam CD-RW5000 Professional cd recorder and a Sony D-8 Digital recorder for $40 listed in my other items!

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any recommendations on affordable film scanners?

preferably Mac-friendly, high res, scratch/dust correction, etc.?

By "affordable" I'm talking less than $500 and preferably less than $300. I've got piles and piles of slides and film, like 4+ decades' worth. Including hundreds of Dead pics, of course.

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Blair Jackson

had some eloquent words on the subject a couple of years back: Goodbye to My Cassettes

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Old media, new media, and what to do with them