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8-track Tapes FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about 8-track Tapes.

This FAQ about 8-track Tapes was compiled and written by Malcolm Riviera malco@interpath.com with numerous contributions by others.

This Info File and FAQ is compiled and maintained by Malcolm Riviera. Distribute this file freely, but please leave in this disclaimer so that years from now when I'm visiting Tokyo some hipster will approach me on the street and recognize me as the guy who finally compiled an FAQ for alt.collecting.8-track-tapes. Thanks again to Abbey, Eric, and Ronald without whom this file would not exist, and to Russ Forster and the writers & readers of "8-Track Mind" who inspire us all to greater and greater heights of analog bliss.

-1. 8-track tapes on the internet? Are you kidding?
Up until the creation of this group on April 28, 1995, the ...
-2. Who invented the 8-track tape?
[8TM - David Morton] The 8-track tape has roots that extend into the ...
-3.A. When did they stop making 8-tracks?
You are assuming, of course, that nobody makes 8-tracks anymore; there ...
-3.B. Why did they stop making 8-tracks?
Consumer demand for the 8-track-tape format was strongest from 1970-74. ...
-4. What is "8-track mind"?
8-Track Mind is the quarterly journal currently edited by Mr. Russel ...
-5. How does an 8-track work, anyway (when it works...)?
An 8-track cartridge contains a length of 1/4 inch tape. The ends ...
-6. Where can I buy 8-track tapes and players?
The only retail outlets that still sell new 8-tracks are truck stops in the ...
-7. How can I fix broken 8-tracks?
In the olden, golden days, local music dealers or record & tape shops ...
-7.A. How do you replace the foam backing pads on tapes? (8-track)
The easiest way is to save the pads from old tapes and use them to ...
-7.B. How do you replace the metallic sensing strip? (8-track)
This is one of the most common repair jobs with 8-tracks. The metallic ...
-7.C. How can I open the cart without damaging it? (8-track)
Malcolm says: There are many different types of cartidges, and they ...
-7.D. How to open an ampex/lear jet cartridge (8-track)
by Abigail ...
-7.E. Is there any hope for an 8-track in which all of the tape is just in a big pile (untangled)? Is there any way to spin it back on the reel? (8-track)
Yes.
-8. Can I sell or trade my 8-track tapes on alt.collecting.8-track-tapes?
Sure! Just post a list of 8-tracks for sale, including artist, title, ...
-9. What about that 8-track movie....?
So Wrong They're Right is a 92-minute documentary shot on 16 mm film ...
-10. Are my 8-tracks rare or valuable? How can I tell how much they're worth?
Sorry, but there isn't a guide to what is worth how much in ...
-11. Why do 8-tracks break and/or jam so easily?
The main problem of breakage is the sensing foil, which serves double ...
-12. What is that black gunk where the pinch roller should be? (8-track)
That, my friend, is one of the most dreaded of 8-track ailments - what ...
-13. Was any punk rock released on 8-track?
[8TM - Mr. Bucks] Think about it...punk surfaced in America in the ...
-14. What's the deal with quadraphonic 8-tracks?
DEFINITION:- QUADRAPHONIC SOUND: Quadraphonic audio (aka Surround ...
-15. What about 4-track tapes?
[From You Really Got Me, copyright 1994 by Doug Hinman] Four-track ...
-16. What about the 8-track tape www site, "8-track heaven"?
8-Track Heaven, the World Wide Web site for 8-track tape aficionados, ...
-17. WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH DOLBY 8-TRACK DECKS AND TAPES?
(Note: Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby ...
-18. Players (8-track)
A. I HAVE AN 8-TRACK THAT PLAYS TOO FAST; IS THERE ANY REMEDY? ...









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