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Old 09-09-2017, 10:23 AM
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What I found...

Last year, my Panasonic 8 track player stopped working. I started looking for a new one.

Found a Marantz at a pawnshop. The guy there figured that since it was a Marantz, it must be worth a lot of money and wouldn't come down on the price of 120 dollars. I considered it, but decided that it would be stupid to spend that much on an 8 track player.

Stopped at a rummage sale yesterday that was advertising vintage electronics. Nothing much of interest, except this Marantz 8 track player. Guy wanted 20 bucks for it and said that it had been in his lake house stereo until the day before. I bought it and took it home.

I have attached a picture of it. Seems to work. Only thing I have not tested is the recording features. Don't have any blanks.

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Old 09-09-2017, 08:15 PM
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that looks mad dope!!! Oh man, good score! Glad you didn't take the $120 one eh!
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:40 PM
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In my experience, it does sometimes pay off to wait for a better deal...your new Marantz looks good and shiny

It's funny, until recently I never knew that there are/were recordable 8-track home units for regular people...I only knew about pre-recorded cartridges...
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:47 AM
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I have this same model - TDR-830. The 820 was the same without Dolby NR. I got mine at a local flea market a couple years ago for $15. Well worth what you paid for it! Playback is great. I've done a couple of recordings on mine, one with a Maxell LN and another with an Ampex tape (not sure of the model) and I didn't like the quality of either. I've yet to try some of the other blanks I have such as BASF Soundloop, Capitol, Tracs, Memorex, Scotch Highlander, Supertape Some other Ampex, etc. Perhaps I just haven't tried the right tape yet. I'd like to try some TDK D, AD, and Maxell UD at some point in life.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:13 AM
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Nice score! I've found some cool stuff in junk/pawn shops but they seem to think everything is made of gold and charge way too much.
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