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The Cassette Collector

Updated on February 5, 2013

Collecting Cassette Music Tapes!

Recorded music on cassette tapes had their hayday between the early 1970s and late 1990s. You can find a ton of them at garage sales and bargain bins, and for the collector this is a great time to start or build on your collections.

Cassette tapes have a lot in common with records when you collect. With records, you want a good playable record but the sleeve is what's really important. With cassettes, you want a good playable cassette but the cardboard insert is what really counts.

There are some really great inserts (covers) that come with your cassettes. You can always splice a tape but if the insert isn't in great condition, all it's good for is a filler.

Hope you enjoy this site and find some useful info. Maybe you'll get hooked on collecting cassettes if you aren't already.

Converting Cassette Tapes To CD!

While I enjoy collecting vintage tapes, you can ruin them by over-playing them. You never know when one is going to catch in your cassette player and they can be a real pain to get rewound. To avoid ruining my tapes, I only play them once, and that is while I am transferring them to CDs.

If you want to transfer your music from cassette tape to CDs, you can download a free program for doing this. The free download only lets you do it three times, then you'll have to purchase the program to continue using it.

The free download converts the music to digetal so it can be recorded on a CD and it also tells you how to connect your cassette or record player to your computer. It's works great and can be downloaded from cnet.com.

Here's the link for going directly to the "Spin It Again" download page: Download Spin It Again!

Looking For Unusual or Vintage Items?

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Future Section Of Cassettes For Sale

Stop back often as I'll be listing collectable cassettes here!

Looking For Collectible Cassette Tapes? You Might Want To Check Out This Cassette Tape Garage Sale!

There's nothing more fun than a "garage sale" for the collector, and this one has over 7000 cassette tape related items! Just click on this link to check them out: Collectables Cassette Tape Garage Sale!

All of these items are from people just like you and me who have a shop on Bonanzle. The link above only gives you the "cassette tape related" items and their prices. Like a garage sale, if the shop owners happen to be on-line, you can dicker the price because each shop has it's own "chat board".

Who knows! You may enjoy checking out these items so much that you'll want to open your own shop. And why not! It's free!

Here's The Link To My Bonanzle Store!

How To Make A Cassette Tape Wallet!

So! You don't want to collect tape cassettes or you've got a few dupes that you don't know what to do with. Here's an idea for those of you who have nothing better to do.

Make a cassette tape wallet!

I won't copy the insructions here, but you can find them at this link: Make A Cassette Tape Wallet! Thanks to sugarhigh for the article!

Got any more ideas for tape cassettes? Let's hear them!

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      bow303 2 years ago

      Hi im from india I search one heavy metal instrumental music album it's name called danger it's poster look like humen head skull wearing headphone i search for this more than five years I lost this cassette ... in this album first song highway to the danger zone instrumental it's come beginning a siren sound after come the top gun movie song high way to the danger zone instrumental so if you find the album please I beg you inform me my id showurpic099@gmail.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Brewsterboy: Hi Jerry, My dad has between 150 and 200 old country cassette tapes. Can you give me an idea as to where I should go to re-home them?

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      Brewsterboy 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Doc, thanks for stopping by again. Sorry if the sight seems "mothballed". Guess I lost a little interested in keeping it up because of a lack of visitors.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WOW.. it looks like I replied here before , last year...

      Anyway..I am a longtime cassette collector, and have almost everything I have been looking for, except for a handful of firat edition Beates cassettes and Apple issues (Such as for Apple, Billy Preston's Second Apple record, or Wonderwall by Harrison) or.. for Beatles a few original oval logo paper label issue ,, If you have any, just comment here, or at my blog.. cassettecoverartlib.blogspot.com .. Certainly this here is another avenue to explore.. while searching I often run across references to this site, even though it looks just a wee bit.. er.. mothballed.. Cheers frum Doc!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Brewsterboy: Nope.. still working on it.. I think it's going to take a very long time.. For instance, when checking out "completed transactions" on ebay, to see what a cassette *actually* sold for, there's not so many that I can even average.. essentially, in the last 6 months, only one copy of any particular copy of rare cassette has sold, or, in fact , been listed at all...excepting say, beatles, stuff.. There just isn't enough data, yet, to formulate a guide.. excepting one thing... that some tapes *have * been selling for 50 to 200$ is perhaps not surprising, as I've only seen one example of many of them ever listed, worldwide.. so i imagine whoever paid that realized it was that or nothing...

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      Brewsterboy 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Was just checking out your blog (http://www.cassettecoverartlib.blogspot.com/) and was wondering if you have price lists for cassettes or know of any yet?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh so sad that all my searches have only brought me here.. I have been hoping to add to my Cassette Cover Art Library (cassettecoverartlib) by publishing a guide for pricing these tapes.. as it is, there is already a price structure, and a significant one at that) developed by necessity.. don't think you will ever get a first issue Beatles for a song, for instance ..

      But exactly what IS a first issue, and how do you identify it?

      Questions like this is what I nm hoping to clarify in my forthcoming tome..

      If you want to contribute, please visit my site cassettecoverartlib (dot) blogspot (dot) com..

      Doc Rock

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      Brewsterboy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't run across too many that I want myself anymore, but maybe you'll hear from someone that stops by here. Otherwise, you might list them on eBay either as a lot or singularly.

      You might do a little research on eBay to see if the cassettes that you have are bringing anything.

      Sorry that I can't tell you more.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am movng and downsizing and I have many books on cassette and many single cassettes by a variety of artists that I would like to sell, preferably the whole lot together. Do you have any suggestions for me on how to do this?

      If so, please contact me at rudapt@cox.net.

      Thank you very much.