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MFSL tape prices on fleabay

I have a saved search for interesting mobile Fidelity cassettes on ebay and the prices have been eye opening. Usually $100-300 (which I won't pay) but this is insane. $899 for Pink Floyd?

 
Maybe someone will buy it just to smash the prism, or rainbow, or whatever that design is.
 
I had a couple. They were OK sound-wise (certainly better than mass-market cassettes...but they were still cassettes); I sold them off for less than $25 each several years ago. Insane what these go for now!
 
I wish I had held onto mine--it could have funded my "old age" accounts. (Can't say "retirement" since I'll probably never be able to retire. 😁)
 
hey wait - spending a ton of money on what most others consider frivolous. hmmm, seems vaguely familiar.
I wonder if on tape forums there’s a thread where they are shocked about what people pay for old Altec speakers?
 
I wonder if on tape forums there’s a thread where they are shocked about what people pay for old Altec speakers?
I'd bet money on it, but at least to my ears, my Altecs sound markedly better than anything I've thrown at them the last few years. But I think I have a lower point of diminshing return than many here, and speakers are the devices I find the most differences in.

If others find the same results from MFSL cassettes, or any other audio improvments, good for them!
 
I'd bet money on it, but at least to my ears, my Altecs sound markedly better than anything I've thrown at them the last few years. But I think I have a lower point of diminshing return than many here, and speakers are the devices I find the most differences in.

If others find the same results from MFSL cassettes, or any other audio improvments, good for them!
Of course I could substitute cartridges, amplifiers, headphones, etc for Altec. The one I get most around here is when I get nervous when somebody visiting reaches for the tonearm. I'm like "ehehehe...um... just be careful" "Why?" "That thing on the end is fragile and expensive" "How expensive" "So expensive that if I tell you, you will always use this knowledge to make fun of me."
 
The one I get most around here is when I get nervous when somebody visiting reaches for the tonearm.
I'm glad nobody else touches my system. (I think it terrifies the family. 😁) And if I'm visiting someone who has one, I stay as far away from it as I can. If a blunder ever happens, rest assured that of the thousands of records I've ever played, it'll be that one record, when I'm not on my own system.

"So expensive that if I tell you, you will always use this knowledge to make fun of me."
How expensive? "So, which kidney do you want to sell--left, or right?"
 
I'm glad nobody else touches my system. (I think it terrifies the family. 😁) And if I'm visiting someone who has one, I stay as far away from it as I can. If a blunder ever happens, rest assured that of the thousands of records I've ever played, it'll be that one record, when I'm not on my own system.


How expensive? "So, which kidney do you want to sell--left, or right?"
I went to play a record last year and it sounded very strange. When I looked at the cartridge, the cantilever on my Hana ML was pointing straight down. Now, I kew the last person who touched the record player was my wife because I had left a record playing while I walked the dog and everything was off when I came back. But she swears it wasn't her... I mean, I don't even know what I would have to do to screw up lifting the arm and putting it on its rest SO BADLY that the cantilever ends up pointing straight down. And then doing that without noticing? (My guess is it got caught on the loose sleeve of her night gown).
That said, lesson learned...and it wasn't to tell my wife to stay away from the turntables, because I like that she likes records. I have 5 turntables. I put the very nice LOMCs on tables that are more tucked away, that -I- use, and I have other tables with more expendable carts (though still nice, I mean, ..c'mon, life is short) as the daily players. The table in question now has an Empire EDR.9 on it...terrific old MI cart that I have an extra stylus for.

And the table that's out in the living room when people come over no longer has my Miyabi on it. That whole table is in the cabinet, and the cool looking Empire 398 with its Empire 1000 z/ex, for which I have multiple styluses for (plus its proven to be a tough cart) is out for anybody to fool around with if they want.

Not sure what any of this has to do with MFSL tapes but... that's the Haven!
 
Yeah, it helps to have a replacement stylus handy. I keep a spare for my MP-500 handy, as I can get them at a good price from Japan. I still have my Dynavector in reserve but really am preferring the Nagaoka sound. (And I'm less nervous around it.) What I like is that it is so quiet in the grooves.

Not sure what any of this has to do with MFSL tapes but... that's the Haven!
Naturally! 😁

I think I can put this back on track. If you buy the MFSL tapes, why not buy some blanks to go with 'em? Someone posted this elsewhere from a Marketplace listing and all I can do is shake my head...

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Yes that's $250. Each. And honestly, I owned both the TDK MA and MA-R tapes back in the day and the former actually sounded better to my ears--they were not the same tape formulation. My deck has provisions to set the bias and Dolby levels before recording, so it's not a matter of the tape matching the deck. For that matter, the Sony metal tapes I used to buy (I think they were the "Metal-ES 90" variety) sounded damn good as well and were every bit as good, if not better, than the MA-90s.

I have some Denon blanks I bought on clearance a couple of decades ago, still in the shrinkwrap. Might be time to dust 'em off and sell!
 
and aren/t these tapes near or past their expected lifespan?
 
and aren/t these tapes near or past their expected lifespan?
Interesting question. Although the few times I've tried a couple of my cassettes in recent years, they've played just fine without being brittle and having no dropouts.
 
I have a saved search for interesting mobile Fidelity cassettes on ebay and the prices have been eye opening. Usually $100-300 (which I won't pay) but this is insane. $899 for Pink Floyd?

Demand for Roger Waters' work may decline starting last week, so you may find this material in a bargain bin at some point.
 
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