Cassette Player’s IRL CASSETTE FINDER #3
Bleak would not be too strong of a word to describe the Craigslist Electronics section at the moment. Overpriced, overrated decks, and sellers with personalities that could chase away even the strongest of deal hunters in the city. I prefer the offerings of those who don’t know what they have—or at least those who understand that what they have is a tape player, and adjust their prices accordingly.
The weather was warming up in Chicago, and I grabbed a few humble 2 head decks from different eras. From Back of the Yards to Albany Park and in between, I was avoiding potholes and one-way streets to buy some more archaic pieces of audio equipment. A Nak BX-2 that needs some love, but might end up being a contender, and a lowly (but single-home) Onkyo TA-R301 that is not unlike every other blah auto-reverse deck from the early 90s. The Nak came along with a case of budget Maxell C120s that can be easily flipped for the cost of the deck itself. The moral is: somewhat good and kinda okay things happen to those who wait a short amount of time.
Cassette Players is one year old! Here’s to more weird machines being found, and more missions like this one today.