The 1972 Desktop "iPod for cassettes" device

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by PaulKTF, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    This piece of hardware came out in 1972 and it was basically an iPod for cassettes- it allowed you to put 20 cassettes in it for continuous play.



    I have to admit that I probably would have really wanted one of these babies! :)

    Did anyone here ever have one or know someone who did? Just curious...
     
  2. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    That's called a "carousel".
     
  3. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I suppose you could call it that, yeah. Like the thing with horses.
     
  4. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    Like the thing with CDs. The term has been in use for music media changers long before iPods existed.
     
  5. Colin M

    Colin M Forum Resident

    Never had a slide projector?
     
  6. PaulKTF

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    No. They were popular/in-use before my time, but that is a good comparison!
     
  7. action pact

    action pact ^^ Sandy Warner, "The Exotica Girl"

    Whatever you call it, it's pretty neat.
     
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  8. Dennis0675

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    I had one that was a tray you could load 7 cassettes into, it was a mitsubishi and from the 80's.
     
  9. Dennis0675

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  10. Mike Pinkerton

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    You misunderstand, the toroidal slide holders in slide projectors were called carousels.
     
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  11. PaulKTF

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    Ah, okay... I know they functioned in the same way but didn't know they were actually called that. Thanks!
     
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  12. Thermionic Dude

    Thermionic Dude Forum Resident

    Cool! Didn't know Mitsubishi ever made one of those.

    I had the Pioneer CT-WM77R 6+1 changer, which appears to have been very similar:
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    The changer worked and sounded quite well, and the record deck was as good as any other decent quality mid-price unit at the time. Despite the mechanical complexity, it never had a hint of trouble in 5 years of heavy use.
     
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  13. Dennis0675

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    I like the looks of that one much better. That Mitsubishi what part of an entire system that included an equalizer and some god awful huge speakers. At the end of the day the tape deck was probably the best part of the system.
     
  14. Thermionic Dude

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    I can only imagine the 80s splendor of that Mitsubishi "rack system"! That was the era where graphic equalizers, "100 wpc", and 3-way tower speakers with 15" woofers were king, along with your car verbally reminding you to wear your seatbelt and showing you the car's "performance" on a snazzy digital gauge cluster.

    (Damn it, I just caught your signature line and almost snarfed Pepsi out of my nose; hilarious!)
     
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  15. Apesbrain

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    Thanks to Don Draper.
     
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  16. jeffreybh

    jeffreybh Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing that thing is really cool! 20 cassettes! When I was younger I had really wanted one of these Sony TC-C521 5 cassette carousels

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  17. adriatikfan

    adriatikfan Forum Resident

    Thanks for posting this. Never knew these decks existed.

    Best Wishes,
    David
     
  18. Chris Schoen

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    Bad enough having a simple cassette player mechanism screw up, this looks like a repairman's delight...
     
  19. SammyJoe

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    Kinda cool and I have never seen such device. That's really neat.
     
  20. Damien DiAngelo

    Damien DiAngelo Forum Resident

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    Techmoan's You Tube channel is so cool. I've wasted so much time watching his videos of obscure and obsolete tech.
    Highly recommended!
     
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  21. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Yeah, he really does put together great videos- very informative, and well edited too!
     
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  22. Dennis0675

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    Not to be argumentative but all of this is much more like a jukebox or stacking lp’s on a spindle than it is an iPod.

    Other than data storage and a new format, the big thing for the iPod is song shuffle. Other than 45s on a juke box (which very few people had in their homes)the iPod was the first time song shuffle was an option. I think it fundamentally changed the way people consumed music. You could hit next with these cassette changers and it would stop at a break in the signal on the tape but it was enough of a hassle and break in the action that i didn’t use it often.

    So not really a first but a next for stacking albums for continuous play.
     
  23. Agitater

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    They were called photo slide carousels by Kodak, originally. Don Draper is fiction, Kodak is real.
     
  24. PaulKTF

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    Kodak still exists?

    (Just kidding).
     
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  25. Dennis0675

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    They held the patten for the first digital camera in the 70’s but didn’t do anything with it because they saw it as a threat to their film business
     

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