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Monday
Dec232013

Christmas Special Episode - BNIB

Click for a giant versionIt's my first Techmoan Christmas Special and it's got everything you associate with Christmas, opening parcels, listening to music, 8-track tapes..... well OK, it's not strictly Christmas themed, but given the calendar date, I've decided that this will be my Christmas episode. 

It might not look much, but this video is one of the most expensive and protracted that I've assembled. It's taken me over six months to get everything together and my local recycling centre now has three 8-track machines from my earlier failed attempts. Reliability is one of the problems inherent in dealing with forty year old technology, and why I ended up buying a 'brand new' thirty eight year old piece of equipment, call it a delayed 1975 Christmas present to myself.

I intend to do some more 'Retro Tech' videos over the next year whenever I get the chance and I've already picked up a few items from ebay with this in mind. 

All that's left now is to wish everyone a Merry Christmas (or whatever it is you do where you are) and a happy 2014. I'll be taking a couple of weeks break away from releasing new videos but I'll use some of that time to reorganise the blog a bit, sort out some dead links etc.

So that's it, enjoy the most expensive and pointless video I've made so far.

UPDATE - Believe it or not, the ebay seller I bought my Pioneer H-R99 Recorder from has another one of these, again, it's brand new unused and he has replaced the belt. This chap must have a time machine. You can see the auction HERE 

 

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Reader Comments (22)

Fantastic stuff!! We never had eight track my dad used to like reel to reel, love your time machine unboxing, and as you say the quality of the equipment with beautifully engineered knobs and switches was fantastic, now it seems we aspire to items with no visible switches or controls at all!
All the best for Christmas and the new year

December 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Wonderful review , well done as always, Have a Merry Christmas and a great 2014

December 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Great review!

I never new the appeal of these things until now. The ability to move to next song with just a click of a button must have been novel at the time.

I wonder what other retro technology we'll be seeing in the future? Beta video and Super-8 film cameras?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Nemo

Fabulous stuff! I'm big on 70s retro stuff as well (vintage quartz watches anyone ?) and I'd never quite broken the secret of how 8-Track cartridges worked, now I know ;-)

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

Best video ever, it's a true gem. I predict this video will achieve immortality. For consistency shouldn't it have been recorded on Betamax?

December 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermaxx

Maxx, I hope you are right, I'd like some of these videos to have legs and still be just as irrelevant in a few years.

December 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Mat,
Best wishes to you and your family for this festive period. I look forward to more of your entertaining and informative videos in the New Year.
keithy

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkeithy

Hi Mat, I loved your review of the Pioneer 8 track recorder/player. I also revere the build quality that one got in the 1970s and 80s from the leading Hi-fi manufacturers. Perhaps you can do a few more reviews of retro technology (if your pocket can afford it).

Keep the reviews coming as they are great.

Great Video Matt, I knew very little about the 8 track until I saw it.
Maybe you could make your own 8 track blanks? Is the tape the same type as that on the reel to reel recorder?

Also, have you got a MiniDisc Deck in your collection?

Looking forward to more from you in the new year.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Glad you enjoyed it - as the opportunity arises during the year I'll be doing more retro-tech reviews/demos.

January 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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