UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Powered By Google Custom Search Vintage Radio and TV Service Data

Go Back   UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum > General Vintage Technology > General Vintage Technology Discussions

Notices

General Vintage Technology Discussions For general discussions about vintage radio and other vintage electronics etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 13th Dec 2022, 6:20 am   #41
Catkins
Pentode
 
Catkins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Chepstow, Monmouthshire, UK.
Posts: 213
Default Re: A blast from the 1980s...

Quote:
Originally Posted by G6Tanuki View Post
And here for your enjoyment/amusement is more festive W.H.Smith advertising from the 80s, this time focusing on their own-brand range of cassette recorders/players/portables....
There's four cassette players shown in that advert. Two examples have survived long enough for a contemporary photo. Does anyone still have one of the other two? I get the feeling the other two (stereo and mono versions) would have been less popular?

Last edited by Catkins; 13th Dec 2022 at 6:45 am.
Catkins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th Dec 2022, 12:50 am   #42
nickdoofah
Pentode
 
nickdoofah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK.
Posts: 138
Default Re: A blast from the 1980s...

The player in the 1st image is completely Mickey Mouse - total crap with no rewind or indeed a supply spindle, just a plastic post for the cassette tape to use it as a hub! Really nasty machines sprang up everywhere all using the same awful mech, no FF just play & FF achieved by retracting the pinch roller from the capstan so the tape freewheeled forward at a crawl! The beginning of the end of the golden age of boomboxes & walkmans.....All heavily cloned & sold under umpteen names sometimes with a horrid tuner section thrown in for a few quid! Try listening to some piano music on one of these especially the sustained notes, you will cringe they really are that bad! The early one I posted is all metal with a metal cassette mech & all tape transport controls! Metal flywheel instead of plastic!! I could go on about how rubbish they were all those later generic stereo's I hate them! All the other machines in the other advert are OK, all generic & above average build quality! Note the model I have is still on sale in the other advert..........

Here is mine working (Before I learnt how to capture the audio better) and poor lighting too!! We live & learn that is never ending!

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AtEYKw-3GKK-gbhp...cD3Mw?e=FAo6zg
nickdoofah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th Dec 2022, 10:26 am   #43
locknut
Pentode
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Location: Retford, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Posts: 113
Default Re: A blast from the 1980s...

Quote:
Originally Posted by hamid_1 View Post
I'm surprised at the 16k ZX Spectrum being advertised in 1984. The Spectrum+ had come out in that year and I'm pretty sure the 16k rubber key machine would have been discontinued by then. Perhaps the advert was from Christmas 1983?
The Spectrum+ wasn't actually on the shelves until late 1984, so it could be either year. The original rubber key model also soldiered on alongside until early 1985, but I'm pretty sure any advertising would have been for the new model.

Certainly Summer 1983 or later, as that's when the retail prices dropped to 99.95/129.95
__________________
Paul

Last edited by locknut; 28th Dec 2022 at 10:44 am.
locknut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th Dec 2022, 11:46 am   #44
Richard_FM
Octode
 
Richard_FM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Stockport, Cheshire, UK.
Posts: 1,850
Default Re: A blast from the 1980s...

Quote:
Originally Posted by nickdoofah View Post
The player in the 1st image is completely Mickey Mouse - total crap with no rewind or indeed a supply spindle, just a plastic post for the cassette tape to use it as a hub! Really nasty machines sprang up everywhere all using the same awful mech, no FF just play & FF achieved by retracting the pinch roller from the capstan so the tape freewheeled forward at a crawl! The beginning of the end of the golden age of boomboxes & walkmans.....All heavily cloned & sold under umpteen names sometimes with a horrid tuner section thrown in for a few quid! Try listening to some piano music on one of these especially the sustained notes, you will cringe they really are that bad! The early one I posted is all metal with a metal cassette mech & all tape transport controls! Metal flywheel instead of plastic!! I could go on about how rubbish they were all those later generic stereo's I hate them! All the other machines in the other advert are OK, all generic & above average build quality! Note the model I have is still on sale in the other advert..........

Here is mine working (Before I learnt how to capture the audio better) and poor lighting too!! We live & learn that is never ending!

https://1drv.ms/v/s!AtEYKw-3GKK-gbhp...cD3Mw?e=FAo6zg
My first personal stereo was like that, which was a Saisho from Dixons, though it seemed to play OK with decent batteries.
__________________
Hello IT: Have you Tried Turning It Off & On Again?
Richard_FM is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools



All times are GMT. The time now is 10:27 am.


All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at https://www.vintage-radio.net/rules.html.
Failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious injury to yourself and/or others.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2002 - 2023, Paul Stenning.