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    does anyone listen to their analog recordings on a sony walkman rather than an ipod to try to preserve all the analog goodness?

    i figured these are found pretty cheap as a nice portable option.

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    Arrow I don't own an iPod.

    I don't usually listen to cassette analog walk-man-style portables any more, for the most part,... though I own a few that still work. I usually listen to my mixes on a full hifi stereo or a portable CD player with headphones. In the car I usually listen to the portable CD with a cassette adapter, tho' recently I did listen to a few actual cassettes in the car.
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    ... subtleties of sound make a difference to those who really listen.

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    This thread made me curious and want to get my hands on one, so I checked them out. I figured with the ipod craze, that people would be practically giving these things away. I couldn't believe it! Many of them are selling for over $30! I was thinking, surely, I'll be able to snag one for a couple of bucks, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I haven't checked craigslist yet, only ebay. Maybe I'll fair better there. Or I bet garage sales (when the weather's nicer) would produce one.
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    I see tham at yard sales all the time. You'll probably have to wait until spring though.......

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    Heh --

    I once was given a Sony Walkman, in like 6th or 7th grade, one of the very first releases of it -- the big honkin' metallic ones.

    It was absolutely SWEET -- don't know what happened to it though, between grade school and college it may have found its way to a donate pile :-(

    When I first got it, the FM radio side of it worked REALLY good -- in fact it picked up stations better than my Hi-Fi stereo at the time did. However, the cassette portion would not play at all. I cracked it open and it turned out to be a faulty belt. I fabricated a replacement from a like-sized rubber band laying around, and it worked like a charm from there I was mostly impressed with how smoothly it played back cassettes. When I was that age, I didn't know the terms "wow and flutter," but I knew what wow and flutter sounded like, and I can tell you that this walkman had little to no wow and flutter to speak of. It was pretty sweet.

    I can't say the same for the later models. My older brother had a walkman from the early 90's -- a standard v6 black plastic one, much lighter weight, and I recall doing some a/b testing. The later one sounded like crap on cassette playback, and also didn't pick up FM stations as clearly.

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    I try to listen

    in analog as much as possible, in the car on cassette and at home on R2R or cassette.

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    I had a big ass blue one when they first came out. No fm though. I'm pretty sure I have one or two non-sony ones in a box somewhere. I'll see if I can find it. Might be some other interesting random audio stuff in there as well. I'll keep you posted.

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    I just scored one locally off craigslist for $3. Perfect working condition.
    famous beagle

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    I used to have one of the WM-F28 Walkmans below. Used the tar out of it...it took a serious beating and kept on going. And hey, for the ultimate in sonic tailoring you better get an SEQ-50 on the other hip (pictured to the right of the WM-F28)!

    Next we'll be seeing compressor and exciter Walkmans...
    Attached Images Attached Images wm-f28-jpg  seq-50-jpg 
    Last edited by sweetbeats; 01-26-2009 at 11:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetbeats View Post
    I used to have one of these:



    Used the tar out of it...it took a serious beating and kept on going.

    And hey, for the ultimate in sonic tailoring you better get one of these on the other hip:





    Next we'll be seeing compressor and exciter Walkmans...
    Those links were "forbidden" for me. I don't know if it's just my system or what.
    famous beagle

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