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The 1969 RCA YZD 590 series 8 track player the Mark 8 Stereo System

Updated on January 28, 2018

RCA made many 8 track player, the Mark 8 was a great commercial success.

The original 1969 RCA YZD 590 series 8 track tape player stereo system was built to stand the test of time. This RCA 8 track player is in excellent shape for its age and is fully intact. Has some light marks and scratches The Eight Track tape recording system was introduced to the world around 1965 and was in its heyday in the late 1970s. RCA made many 8 track player, the Mark 8 was a great commercial success and for 1969 had many wonderful innovations with its wonderful built in speakers for portable listening.

RCA YZD 590 series 8 track tape player, The Mark 8

The original 1969 RCA YZD 590 series 8 track tape player stereo system was built to stand the test of time.
The original 1969 RCA YZD 590 series 8 track tape player stereo system was built to stand the test of time.

8 Track Tapes Were Eight Parallel Soundtracks,

The eight track tape or this era consisted of an endless loop of standard 1/4-inch magnetic tape, housed in a very sturdy and lasting plastic cartridge. The amazing thing about 8 track tapes is that on the tape were eight parallel soundtracks, corresponding to four stereo programs. These programs could be played continually because the tape is looped and never ends.

RCA 8-Track, Mark 8 Stereo,8 track player, playing Jingle Bells & Santa is Coming to Town

In the video above is the RCA 8-Track, Mark 8 Stereo,8 track player, playing "Together at Christmas Tape One" by Readers Digest 8 track tapes. Made in 1969, the RCA Mark 8 is an 8 track player made to do one thing, and does it well, play 8 track tapes. This is one of the most durable 8 track player every made by RCA. It is rugged and plays great. This RCA 8 track player was made in Japan exclusivity for RCA. Jingle Bells& Santa is Coming to Town is from the Readers Digest 8 Track Tape.

RCA made many 8 track player, the Mark 8 was a great commercial success.

RCA made many 8 track player, the Mark 8 was a great commercial success and for 1969 had many wonderful innovations with its wonderful built in speakers for portable listening.
RCA made many 8 track player, the Mark 8 was a great commercial success and for 1969 had many wonderful innovations with its wonderful built in speakers for portable listening.

William Powell Lear invented the 8-track cartridge tape

It was William Powell Lear who was to become the inventor of the 8-track cartridge tape system. In the early 1960s, a number of shell-encased continuous-loop audiotape systems existed. William Lear's 8-track system was not the first such system; the cartridge that William Powell Lear invented is almost identical to the 4-track tape which was invented before it. The difference between Lear’s system and that of the 4-track, is that in the 4-track system the pinch roller is part of the player, whereas in an 8-track, the pinch roller is part of the 8 track tape cartridge. Lear’s refinement reduce tape tangling. Also Lear divided the tape into eight channels called tracks instead of the 4-track of the earlier tape design which had four channels called tracks. This greatly increased the amount of music on each cartridge that could be played at one time.

RCA 8-Track, Mark 8 Stereo, 8 Track Player

In the video above is the RCA 8-Track, Mark 8 Stereo player, playing Christmas Music ... Made in 1969, the RCA Mark 8 is an 8 track player made to do one thing, and does it well, play 8 track tapes. This is one of the most durable 8 track player every made by RCA. It is rugged and plays great. It is playing Ray Conniff's Christmas Album 8 track tape. This RCA 8 track player was made in Japan exclusivity for RCA.

William Powell Lear, inventor of the 8-track cartridge tape

William Powell Lear who was to become the inventor of the 8-track cartridge tape system. In the early 1960s
William Powell Lear who was to become the inventor of the 8-track cartridge tape system. In the early 1960s

Rescued My 1969 RCA 8 Track Taper Player, Mark 8 Stereo System

William Lear was an eccentric Genius.

The amazing thing about the fall of 1964 was that in a secret lab in Southern California, William Powell Lear created the 8-track tape. William Lear was a eccentric genius, who was to soon unleashing the Learjet on to the world stage, but that could wait. William Lear got to work immediately with RCA who agreed to provide music from their amazing music library collection, and RCA even got the design rights and contracts with Lear to started designing 8 track tapes players for in-house use like the Mark 8 stereo by RCA. Even Ford Motors would offer the Lear Stereo Eight in many of their luxury cars in the 1965 new car line.

8 Track Tapes are Groovy, You should Here them on an RCA

8 Track Tapes are Groovy, You should Here them on an RCA   ...
8 Track Tapes are Groovy, You should Here them on an RCA ...

RCA 8-Track, Mark 8 Stereo,8 track player, playing "Have a Merry Christmas Tape 2"

Did President Ronald Reagan have the 8 track trap industry destroyed

The urban legends that President Ronald Reagan had the 8 track tape industry destroyed because Aliens from outer space were turning the American people into peaceful hippies with subliminal messages on 8 track tapes is one of the best stories to come out of the Reagan era. Indeed, something was up during these strange times; and the deeper one looks, the weirder it gets. Rumors flew that the 8 track tape was a gift to Lear from Aliens captured from a wrecked UFO. We can only wonder why these wonderful tapes just disappeared from the market place during the Reagan era. But thankfully EBay and other sites keep the players playing sweet tunes from vintage 8 track tapes, with or without the subliminal messages of peace and love for the people of Earth from loving, well meaning, and benevolent aliens from outer space.

Did Reagan have the 8 track tape industry destroyed because of UFOs.

Indeed, something was and is up during these strange times; and the deeper one looks, the weirder it gets.  Rumors flew that the 8 track tape was a gift to Lear from Aliens captured from a wrecked UFO.
Indeed, something was and is up during these strange times; and the deeper one looks, the weirder it gets. Rumors flew that the 8 track tape was a gift to Lear from Aliens captured from a wrecked UFO.

1969 RCA 8 Track Tape Player, Mark 8 Stereo System, Peter Nero

For the Record William Lear and Staff made the 8 Track Tape.

So for the record William Lear and possibly aliens from outer space in some laboratory at the Lear Jet Corporation subbasement invented the 8 track tape and the 8 track tape player in 1964. The Lear Jet Corporation sold the technology to Ampex, Ford Motor Company, Motorola, RCA Victor Records and General Motors for use in stereos and players. The 8 track tape is a technology of recording sound through magnetic tape that is looped and never ending, and the players are just magical space age devices that deliver the sound into sweet music.

Star Trek Plates, Popcorn Sutton, and an RCA 8 Track Player.

RCA 8 Track Player the Mark 8 Stereo

The 8 track tape is a technology of recording sound through magnetic tape that is looped and never ending.
The 8 track tape is a technology of recording sound through magnetic tape that is looped and never ending.

The Lear 8-track differed from the earlier broadcast carts.

The 8-track tape cartridge that was developed by William Lear in 1964 was much like the Muntz 4-tracks, however the Lear Stereo 8 cartridges were more complex but they were the same size as the Muntz 4-tracks size broadcast carts. The Lear 8-track differed from the earlier broadcast carts in many ways the pinch roller was built into the cartridge, and it used a metallic strip to mark the point where the recorder or player device would automatically move the head to the next pair of tracks to be played or recorded.

William Lear was born 1902 and died in 1978

William Lear was born1902 and died in 1978. He nvented the eight track tape, Audio, automotive and aircraft apparatus.
William Lear was born1902 and died in 1978. He nvented the eight track tape, Audio, automotive and aircraft apparatus.

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With or without UFOs and aliens, the 8-track tape cartridge is amazing

With or without UFOs and aliens, the 8-track tape cartridge is amazing and was the result of a series of remarkable inventions.
With or without UFOs and aliens, the 8-track tape cartridge is amazing and was the result of a series of remarkable inventions.

In conclusion the 1969 RCA Stereo 8-track tape player is awesome.

In conclusion the 1969 RCA Stereo 8-track tape player is awesome, it measures 25" across and 10" in depth and 7.5 in height. This RCA Mark 8 model has a beautiful hand finished and hand polished wood cabinet which includes two internal deluxe RCA speakers with excellent sound and calibrated to perfection. The player has a wonderful head that has been de-magnetized, with perfect adjustments the volume, tone and balance are splendid. Amazingly all of the lights 1-4 for channel selection still light as they should and the blue track selector changes flawlessly as it should. This masterpiece of sound also comes also with the option of adding two additional bookshelf speakers for better placement of sound.

Love, Italian Style, Volume one & two Played on an rca Mark 8.

The last 8 track tapes were made in Nashville, Tennessee

The last 8 track tapes were made in Nashville, Tennessee. There was one country music Television album outfit company from Tennessee who still market their goods on 8-track tapes in the year 1996 that was Cindy Lou Records. Also, a few younger bands did put out some homemade 8 tracks tapes in the 1990s mostly in new age music.

The 1969 RCA Stereo 8-track tape player is awesome.

.  This RCA Mark 8 model has a beautiful hand finished and hand polished wood cabinet which includes two internal deluxe RCA speakers with excellent sound and calibrated to perfection.
. This RCA Mark 8 model has a beautiful hand finished and hand polished wood cabinet which includes two internal deluxe RCA speakers with excellent sound and calibrated to perfection.

8-tracks tapes were removed from Retail Shelf's in 1983

The big record and 8 track labels were not as lucky as Cindy Lou Records in Nashville. Most producers had to have their 8-tracks tapes and players removed from the Music and Department Stores by year 1983. The mail-order record and tape clubs, however, kept the Grim-Reaper away from the 8 track factory door for another few years, RCA and Readers Digest offering exclusive 8-track versions of top albums for some time. Was it a conspiracy of the Reagan Administration? Were the CIA and FBI behind this UFO link to the 8 tracks cover-up? Or were people just smoking too much pot back in those days.

Two internal deluxe RCA speakers with excellent sound.

The player has a wonderful head that has been de-magnetized, with perfect adjustments the volume, tone and balance are splendid.
The player has a wonderful head that has been de-magnetized, with perfect adjustments the volume, tone and balance are splendid.

Autumn Leaves, 8 track tape played on a RCA Mark 8

In Mexico 8-tracks abound in the mid-1990s.

It has been reported from one underground tracker that in Mexico 8-tracks abound in the mid-1990s. This American tracker reported to have in the year 1995 purchased a few brand new Tejano 8 track players and 8 track tapes, and they were brought into the United States of America illegally. Thankfully the CIA and FBI did not apprehended him at the broader and send him out to Area 51 for interrogation and who knows what, perhaps interment with some peace minded aliens for another world.

The RCA Mark 8 is a masterpiece of sound.

This masterpiece of sound also comes also with the option of adding two additional bookshelf speakers for better placement of sound.
This masterpiece of sound also comes also with the option of adding two additional bookshelf speakers for better placement of sound.

RCA Mark 8 Playing Henry Mancini

In the video below is This is Henry Mancini, Volume Two, Played on a Made in 1968, as I have said before the RCA Mark 8 is an 8 track player made to do one thing, and does it well, play 8 track tapes. This is one of the most durable and amazing 8 track player every made by RCA. It is rugged and plays great. This RCA 8 track player was made in Japan exclusivity for RCA. The songs are Henry Mancini-Royal Blue, De La Pantera Rosa,

This is Henry Mancini, Volume Two Played on a RCA Mark 8

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      Glenn Waters 20 months ago

      Hello Dick,

      There is a vintage 8 track site on Facebook, someone on that site might could help you with a new spiral gear.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/354769354573100/

      Also "The Antique Radio Forum" has a lot of members that might have parts for the RCA model ... not sure where to post the question perhaps under the stereos, or mechanical restoration ...

      http://antiqueradios.com/forums/index.php

      Hope they can help, and thank you for your comment ...

      Glenn :)

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      Dick 20 months ago

      Bought an original when they first came out,.. still have it but needs a new spiral gear inside that lifts the head to the next track.. but works at times.. anybody with parts or knowledge there

      of ?

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      Glenn Waters 2 years ago

      Sometime you can find older 8 track systems on EBay. Hope your system turns up and your 8-tracks :)

      Thank you for your comment ...

      Glenn :)

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      PaigSr 2 years ago from State of Confussion

      I remember my 8-track player. It was part of a system. Radio and turn table. At this time we can't find that system or the 8-tracks. Boo hoo.

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