Also this weekend I found one of those drugstore rotating comic book racks I grabbed for a c-note. It's a nice way to display bronze aged comics and there's no pharmacist yelling at my 11 year old self that this isn’t a library.
It's always nice to find a clean 8 track player with the paperwork still attched, this one is from Sears and has a cigarette lighter adapter, although now I hear cigarette lighters in cars are refered to as "power adapters" but my car is from 2000 so it's still relevent, and since the CD player stopped working last month I'm back in the sadle with 8 track tapes and looking for a way of coming to a quick stop without having the player fly under the seat.
It' nice to know that the term "shrinkflation" applied to 8 track tapes back in the day too as you can see in these sleeves. The next step was those tape companies that just gave up and sold tapes shrinkwrapped like it was game over.
It's been a while since I got a big score and with only 2 sales all week I bucked the odds and found one from a house that was vacated several years until the owner’s son came by to unloaded the contents. It was mostly garage items and furniture until I wandered into an anteroom filled with boxes and popped one open and found it filled with 8 tracks. The guy running the sale said I could have them all for $40 and I bought them sight unseen and am now the proud owner of 14 boxes of about a 60 40 ratio of reel to reel tapes and 8 track tapes, mostly of them are easy listening that I'll probably let go in lots but a few gems stood out like the soundtrack of Willy Wonka and The Planet of The Apes.
Not really 8 Tracky but a nice addition to the genre is this super cool psychedelic Light Organ, these were avalible in the 70's at Radio Shack and when you turn them on the lights would follow the songs of the music playing for a home version of Lasarium. https://www.tripsavvy.com/laserium-retro-light-and-music-show-in-van-nuys-1586952
I suppose it was a precursor to the days when I use to play CDs in the CD Rom part of the computer and turn on the screen saver but even that sound quaint today
Last week reminded me of the early days of this blog when on any given weekend I'd come home with a mother load of tapes and spend most of the week with 20 tapes to listen to. It started at a sale with mostly household and car items but in the back of the garage were 8 medium boxes that said "8 tracks" on them and after a little negotiating I got them for a song that separated on to the next track ($23 actually) for 386 tapes, the guy who ran the sale said the tapes were there when he moved in and I think that will happen if I move on out of this house too. Of course I had to wade through about 90 country tapes and many copies of Carly Simon's Anticipation but found a few gems too like a unusual compilation titled Wild Thing on a label called Lakeshore Music, a few Duran Duran tapes I didn't have and two players hidden in one of the larger boxes.
It's been a dry spell and this year I'm discovering that vinyl records have become a hot commodity at yard sale and even 8 tracks are getting notice, the days of strolling into sales an hour before they end and getting all the tapes for a buck may still be here but by that time there are no tapes to be found other than so much country and easy listening. At this rate I might be able to retire with my mortgage paid by Leo Sayers’ Thunder In My Heart cart.
The sun was up this Saturday and this sale took advantage, most of it looked like one of those dank basement threw up in the backyard with most of the stuff looking like it wasn’t touched in decades and they even had a pretty decent sized electronic section, among the beta tapes, micro cassettes and ancient adapters. I found this caked it dirt and dust Lloyd’s 8 Track Player, after spending a half an hour with a toothpick removing the dirt from the nether regions it looked kind of sharp and futuristic. Then the tape test came and it had one of those cracklesque sound whenever you moved the volume control not being dissuaded I brought out an aerosol can of contact cleaner and now it sounds perfect. Never underestimate the power of toothpicks and sprays.
you may have noticed this page looks pretty crappy, the site has been down a few days and this is what happens, too bad this player is just amazing and looks like an ipod that plays tapes.