God Save the Eight-Track

Celebrate the Music, Culture, and Memories of your favorite decade!
User avatar
tabby
Posts: 2511
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Location: Virginia

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by tabby »

I don’t suppose any of you still have 8 track tapes lying around, do you? Like most everything, eventually there will be renewed interest although in this case it sounds as though they had devotees early on! It’s hard to believe that any of them will still play well and I would have assumed the tape part would have a tendency to get brittle with age but apparently some have stood up well.

I only had a handful of them ... Jim Croce, Seals & Crofts and ... oh dare I admit to this ... The Partridge Family. :o

God Save the Eight-Track | Collectors Weekly
User avatar
Lady J
Posts: 1085
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:08 pm

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by Lady J »

I think I have a few stored down under the basment stairs! Hahahaha! Who knows what shape they are in.

My first car did not have any music in it. My brother rigged up an 8-rack player for me under the driver's seat. I cut out from a Radio Shack's advertisment for 8-track players a picture and glued it in the dash of the car. It looked real! You would not believe how many times my riders would try to press the buttons to change the song and I would reach under my seat and change to a new track! LOL!!

Great memories! Thanks Tabby.

:wah:
Patsy Warnick
Posts: 4567
Joined: Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:53 am

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by Patsy Warnick »

I have several 8-tracks and a player

Patsy
User avatar
along-for-the-ride
Posts: 11732
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:28 pm

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by along-for-the-ride »

We also have a bunch of 8-tracks and an 8-track player as well. Hubby has always been a fan of the ole 8-track tapes. He plays his country ones now and then. :):guitarist
Life is a Highway. Let's share the Commute.
User avatar
tabby
Posts: 2511
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Location: Virginia

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by tabby »

I had no idea that they would even be playable at this point! I hope they stay flexible and you can enjoy them for many more years. I wonder if you can buy the 8-track tapes at old record stores along with some great albums. If I still had my Partridge Family tape, I'd let you have it! :yh_wink

Enjoyed your story, Lady J!
User avatar
chonsigirl
Posts: 33631
Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:28 am

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by chonsigirl »

Oh, I have lots of them. Along with the original Atari system and 2 boxes of games.......
User avatar
AnneBoleyn
Posts: 6632
Joined: Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:17 pm

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by AnneBoleyn »

chonsigirl;1422169 wrote: Oh, I have lots of them. Along with the original Atari system and 2 boxes of games.......


I think that must be worth good money to collectors. Did you ever have it priced?

PS--never had 8-track & still play vinyl sometimes.
librtyhead
Posts: 199
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:32 pm

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by librtyhead »

I remember how to fix those. I also have one that is full of songs I learned on the guitar when I was 12. I have gained an appreciation towards Goodwill industries for the seemingly never ending supply of old 8-track players for 4-5 bucks.
User avatar
tabby
Posts: 2511
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Location: Virginia

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by tabby »

User avatar
Wandrin
Posts: 1697
Joined: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:10 pm

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by Wandrin »

I thought that the 8-track system was one of the astoundingly bad designs in the history of audio equipment and refused to buy one. For my vehicle, I was interested in a competing design called the cassette. One of the primary factors in the quality of sound from tape equipment is the alignment of the head to the track on the tape. The 8-track system jerked the head into one of 4 positions with a rather clunky imprecise mechanism that I thought was guaranteed to fail.

I was a young idealist, back in the day. :-3
User avatar
tabby
Posts: 2511
Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Location: Virginia

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by tabby »

Wandrin;1442427 wrote: One of the primary factors in the quality of sound from tape equipment is the alignment of the head to the track on the tape. The 8-track system jerked the head into one of 4 positions with a rather clunky imprecise mechanism that I thought was guaranteed to fail.


Is that one of the reasons they faded into oblivion faster than some of the other audio technologies?
User avatar
Wandrin
Posts: 1697
Joined: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:10 pm

God Save the Eight-Track

Post by Wandrin »

tabby;1442430 wrote: Is that one of the reasons they faded into oblivion faster than some of the other audio technologies?


It's one of the reasons. Phillips actually had a patent for the cassette system before 8-track systems hit the market, but some electronics companies were trying to avoid paying the licensing fees by coming up with something else. Once a couple of companies came out with cassette products, the writing was on the wall. Size made a difference for car stereos, along with the fact that you could make your own music cassettes at home. 8-track recorders for the home were basically DOA, since they were big, clunky, low fidelity, and expensive. I don't think anyone in the electronics industry expected 8-track players to last as long as they did. The only reason that they did was the record companies - the same people that pushed the 8-track format in the first place. The record companies liked it because people had to buy the recorded 8-track media (from them) and couldn't make their own mix tapes.

Return to “The Time Capsule”