Being of a certain age, I have had a relationship with tape most of my life. It started when I was 15, I asked my dad my for a tape recorder for Christmas, I suppose it was my own fault, i should have been more specific! What I really wanted was a tape cassette recorder that I could play music on. What I got was a second hand (that was nearly the same age as me) reel to reel tape recorder that was the size of a modern day cooker hob! You couldn’t buy ready-made music tapes for it, so I have to place the microphone next to the radio and record off that. It was horrible!
My next recollection was when I joined my first Royal Naval Ship (HMS Coventry) and bought a Sony Walkman. This was really cutting age and cost me £99.00 which was a lot of money back in 1980. I remember the demo tape that was a train going through a tunnel and the sound went from one ear to the next – stereo we called it back then. I had never heard anything like it and would listen to it over and over (we were easily pleased back then) I loved that machine because I could lie on my bunk and listen to my music without anyone else hearing, that was until it chewed my first tape. I remember trying to unravel the tape and thinking can I fix it, so with a ballpoint pen and a bit of patience I tried and would it all back, great, until the next time it hit that part of the tape and the same would happen again. After that, between the Walkman, my numerous car cassette players and various other devices I have lost lots of music cassettes.