1. Sony WM-DDIII Walkman Quartz Stereo Cassette Player in Red with case. In good working order and great physical condition.

     
  2. A SAE Two Stereo Cassette Deck Model C4 in good physical condition.  These come up for sale occasionally; usually not in working order.  This one has very few marks on it; see photos.  I played several cassettes on this over the last few days and they sounded good.  The better the cassette the better the sound.  A surprisingly sturdy well built unit.  Fast forward and rewind are smooth.  As far as I can tell all controls work properly.  I don’t have any blank cassettes so I couldn’t test recording capability.   There is a plug on the back for a wired remote control; actually saw one of these for sale before.  Has original wood side panels that make it a nice match for other SAE Two components. 

     
  3. 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.

     
  4. MARANTZ SD-5010. Linear skating mechanism Tape DECK. Around an electrically and mechanically play perfectly, and is not used often and very short time. (near mint). One of the best Marantz design, sounding and records cassette decks in the world.

     
  5. A NICE  USED TASCAM 234 4-CHANNEL CASSETTE RECORDER. THIS UNIT IS USED BUT I HAVE REPLACED DRIVE BELTS, PINCH ROLLER, DE-MAGGED HEADS CLEANED AND LUBRICATED AS WELL AS CALIBRATED TO SERVICE MANUAL SPECS. IT IS OLDER ANALOG EQUIPMENT BUT RECORDS AND PLAYS  BACK FINE. SOLD AS IS. ALL VU LIGHTS AND LEDS WORK.

     
  6. nakdog is bummed at how dirty your capstans are looking these days

     
  7. ONKYO TA-2060 3 HEAD CASSETTE DECK. GREAT Condition as pictured and working order, except it is getting slow on the “fast forwarding” and “rewind” modes. Probably may need a service.

     
  8. Vintage Sony MTL-10 Multi Cassette Changer & Player! Rare! w/ JL-10, Needs Work. Holds up to 10 cassette tapes. Needs work. It powers up and loads the JL-10 cassette magazine, positions the magazine appropriately for playing the selected cassette, the motor to move the cassette over for playing starts, but the transport mechanism does not engage the cassette and move it over.

     
  9. Vintage Sony Walkman Promo Advertising. Excellent condition. Was given to Sony Electronics dealers in the 80s. Never sold retail. A very rare piece in this condition. The only one I have! *

    * Not a cassette player

     
  10. Tandberg TCD-310 MKII. This vintage Tandberg cassette recorder is in decent condition with plenty of scuffs and scratches.  The counter is not working and I don’t know enough about the unit to know if the MPX or Dolby filters are functioning.  I was able to input sound for recording and output sound for playback through the rear connections.  I was also able to hook a mic up to both front inputs and I got way too much sound.  A non powered mic was peaking out the meters at a 1 volume level.  The actual cassette mechanisms seem to be working great.  I also found that the left side of the unit has had 2 screws replaced.  This unit is being sold as is for parts or repair.