This is a little thread to talk about the Compact Cassette. I like them. Probably because I've used them since I was 2 years old. Although they are not my preferred format for buying music on, they are my preferred format for recording on. You remember recording all your favourite songs onto a cassette, don't you? Actually, although they are not my perferred choice for pre-recorded music, I have a soft spot for cassette singles, thanks to having so many in my teenage years! A lot of people whinge about tape hiss being unbearable. I have found this to be true of most pre-recorded cassettes manufactured in the 1970's and of cheap brands of blank cassette. However with a good brand of blank cassette and a half decent streo system, cassette hiss is minimal and can be easily ignored. Another reason can be because of the manufacturing process itself. Thanks to SH Forum member Onward for finding this bit from Wikipedia about the Loop-Bin Duplication System: Well, I'm not here to talk about tape hiss. I'm here for us to discuss cassettes. Do you have any pre-recorded cassettes? Do you have any blanks? What is/are/was your favorite brand/type of blank cassette? And talk about your best mix-tapes too! Of course, there's also repairing a cassette. I've had more experience at that than I care to mention! Let's just say that if I can't fix it, then it's time to deep-six it! Pressure pads, loose spools, broken shells, screwless shells that won't go back together, twisted tape, unspooled tape, you name it, I've fixed it! Share any cassette repair stories you have that you feel are interesting too! Pre-recorded cassettes of music may be dead, but cassettes are not forgotten. And blank cassettes are still sold and used worldwide. Sure, you can use your PC and assemble a playlist and burn a CD in five minutes, but nothing beats compiling your own set and hearing it go to tape in real time. Of course, if you want to go tthe other way, there's always the Plusdeck That's right! A cassette player for your PC that fits in a 5 inch bay (where the CD/DVD drives go). It used to record from your soundcard too, but the company the buy the parts from stopped making erase heads. And now, let's talk about cassettes!