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8 Track Journal
Monday, 17 April 2017

I was a high roller this weekend and stumbled on to a moving sale and among the junk hiding behind a few boxes in the corner was this amazing Photo-Sonic fireplace liquor cabinet stereo. I’ve never seen one of these babies before but it was love at first sight so after playing coy I offered a few bills for it and the next day the Easter bunny dropped it off at my house and with a little Liquid Gold and super glue it was raring to go.

The liquor cabinet has one of the refrigerator switches that turns on a light when you open the door and the fireplace has an orange light that rotates like those cardboard fireplaces that were a staple in the 60’s.  I’m a little curious on who made the Phono-Sonic Kornoette Stereo receiver 8 track player, I’m kind of hoping it’s a knock off from Wollensak but going by the sound probably closer to JC Pennys, I read somewhere else that they were brought in from East Germany of all places, I may have to christen the liquor part with some Vodka.

 


Posted by gregg-n at 11:46 AM PDT
Sunday, 2 April 2017


I hate april fools day
 
http://www.whathifi.com/news/8-track-cartridge-enjoys-unlikely-resurgence 

Posted by gregg-n at 2:04 PM PDT
Monday, 6 March 2017

 Been working on prioritizing and downsizing lately, I figure 10 copies of  Fleetwood Mac Rumors is too much for anyone so now it’s down to 4. Also opening up every cupboard in the laundry room and every drawer in the garage filled to the brim with 8 tracks is excessive, in the old days it was nice to have a good source of music at a cheap price now even the most obscure song seems to be able to be found on Youtube. I don’t need thousands of tapes when a thousand will do just as well. But I did manage to find most of the crown jewels of my collection and have consolidated them for easy access, it was nice to unearth a few that I thought I lost or traded away, here’s a bunch of the fun semi valuable ones.


Posted by gregg-n at 2:45 PM PST
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Here's a sight that use to be common but now is pretty rare. It's one of those faux alligator hide 8 track grab bag cases with a bunch of carts in it, and while it certainly cornered the Barry Manilow market I'm pleased there's a Tom Waits tape in the mix. 

 

Back to case, I love the variety that runs the gamut of these from fake leopard to allgator the collective cheesy vinyl 70s period graphics that look like an offshoot of a Screaming Yellow Zonkers box (look it up). that's the trouble with style today, everything is too functional and either black or white I blame it on Apple, we need more William Leers and less Steve Jobs.


Posted by gregg-n at 11:47 AM PST
Wednesday, 31 August 2016

 

 Stop. Don't. Come back.


Posted by gregg-n at 10:45 AM PDT
Monday, 29 August 2016

This week I went to a house that looked like it had been abandoned for years with a roof caving in and a garage floor covered in broken glass, most of the things were covered in a thin sheen of mud, with water damage was the rule. among the mess was a blue tarp in the backyard that covered the overflow of junk like a poorman's storage unit. The beauty of it was no offer was refused, not "no reasonable offer refused" they just wanted to get this junk out of here, I was happy I got a tetnis shot last year.

Anyway among the ruins was an 8 track player made by Roberts that weighed a ton and was so covered in dirt I had to scrub it down just to see the brand name. When I got home I pluged it in waiting for the circut breaker to click but instead heard a slight hum, with that I opened it up and dug out a bunch of small leaves and vaccumed the mess and brought up a toothbrush for the finer parts. Amazingly the rubber belt was still intact and spun the big wheel, so I attached it to a reciever and sounded perfect. I later researched that this was made by Akai. So the lesson is next time you find a starving dog on the road take it home and clean it up. You'll be happily rewarded.


Posted by gregg-n at 1:35 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 29 August 2016 1:37 PM PDT
Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Since CDs are the new 8 Tracks, 8 Tracks are the new player piano rolls and are a rare find indeed, I don't see them at thrift stores any more which is Ok since I think they'd be displaced like rare diamonds in the glass shelf with a double digit price tag.  I'm glad I hoarded my secret stash in the bunker waiting for the rapture with the soundtrack to Grease.

This week however I was surprised and awed by nabbing this colorful portable Portiplay Realistic Am/Fm tape player, that is becoming more relicesque now that Radio Shack is on it's last leg.  It might be the closest we get to one of those urban boom boxes that were big in the 70's and 80's and rests on your shoulder well for the best effect. 

I got an early in on the Great Penninsula Historical Society Sale this weekend so I've become a thrift store player in this town, nice but I don't see me getting prefered customer discounts at Good Will too soon. 

 


Posted by gregg-n at 12:54 PM PDT
Thursday, 19 May 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited over a good 8 track player but last week it happened at the 14th annual benevolence fund rummage sale (which I’m still not sure where the funds are going but a sale is a sale) when I found this handsome wood grain Sears all in one 8 track, cassette, radio, alarm, and even a jack to put in a phonograph system. I almost think this was a precursor to a smart phone with all its functions and only wish it was endorsed by Ted Williams the way most of the classy Sears products were at the time of its production but alas. Still it reminds me of a portable version of those giant 5 feet long wall units that play records and some have TV sets built in them. The 8 track part didn’t work at first but a few sprays of WD40 later and a push start on the flywheel fixed that, I’ll be tinkering with the back of it with the computer to see if I can bring it into the future with MP3s.

 


Posted by gregg-n at 11:03 AM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:04 AM PDT
Sunday, 10 April 2016

Yard sale season has officially begun and like a spring robin the first 8 track has been sited, it was at one of those fun sales where I was looking through a stack of tracks and asked how much and the guy said five bucks and later added “but you have to take them all”. So now I’m the proud owner of 16 country music tapes that include the CW McCall catalog and more excitingly a cool still incased in fitted styrofoam new in the box Realistic AM FM 8 track stereo player.  It will probably be sold online since last time I had one installed the guy jerry rigged it into the electrical system that played havoc on the fuses.

 

The junkstore is now full marijuana store and other than waiting for the Feds to bust into the house, seizing it, and get me for being the owner of it (my accountant told me this could be a realistic scenario) still I enjoy waking up and being able to live off ebay spoils, even though I’m about 6 months of becoming a hoarder.


Posted by gregg-n at 2:41 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 10 April 2016 2:44 PM PDT
Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Columbia House (that company with the 12 Records or 8 Tracks for a penny) is coming back with vinyl to entice millennials http://www.stereogum.com/1850376/columbia-house-to-relaunch-with-vinyl/news/?utm_source=sc-fb&utm_medium=ref&utm_campaign

no word on 8 track tapes though but  there's a toe in the door.


Posted by gregg-n at 3:48 PM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 23 December 2015 3:54 PM PST

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