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My first attempts at home recording were done on a Tascam 488 MKII, for which I paid a small fortune for about 20-odd years ago. I sold it, stupidly, as I needed dosh after getting married. I didn't get good money for it since digital recording was the new thing and cassette tape based recording was seen as a bit 'old'.
I still have all my old tapes, goodness knows if they're still playable, and they have some good ideas on. I'd like to be able to revisit what I was writing and recording, if the tapes still work, but obviously I don't have the machine on which they were made.
Will the tapes play on anything else other than the Tascam, or do I need to find another 488 to access the recordings?
Ironically they are now sometimes fetching good money. Being mostly brassic most of the time I'd not want to spend £lots for something I probably won't ever use for anything else than listening to old recordings to glean ideas from 20 years ago, and cringing with embarrassment in the process.