Does this old thing retain any value?

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  1. johmica

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    I came across this while cleaning out my basement:

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    It still works fine, as far as I can tell.

    In this era of digital everything, is it even worth cleaning up and trying to sell online? Or is this just a relic of a bygone era?
     
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    People definitely still want these. I have no idea how much people pay for these, but you will get interest if you list it.

    Edit: These start around $200 on Reverb and go way up from there. Yours looks pretty dirty, so expect the low end unless you can make it look brand new.
     
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    Old cassette four-tracks fetch a surprising amount these days. No idea why, but a willing buyer is a willing buyer.
     
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    I borrowed that model, or one very much like it, from a bandmate on my second-ever home recording project, back around 1998. Looking at that pic makes me all nostalgic. I had a blast with that thing. Someone will buy it.
     
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    That is surprising. I went through a few of them back in the day. Do not miss any of them one bit.
     
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    Oh wow man.... that thing really brings back some memories. It was that machine where I did some recordings onto cassette for the first time. It was this machine we used in order to get "modern" and away from R2R ;) Haven't seen one of thse machines in years! Pretty cool man. I think it was about 1000 bucks back then? Can't remember but I know it was pretty expensive.
     
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    I think that I paid around $750ish from Musician's Friend. This would have been sometime between 1993 and 1996. Those days are a bit hazy to me.
     
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    It cleaned up okay with a toothbrush and a little bit of warm water with dish soap. I just ordered a couple of 60 minute Memorex cassettes, and they'll be here on Tuesday. We'll see what happens.

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    The biggest problem with those is the rollers and tape feed mechanism. Too much wow & flutter and it's worthless.
     
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    Looks like fun to me. I casually watch local listing and am surprised how much they ask for them. Especially the Tascam stuff.
     
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    Yeah, the Tascam 424 Mk. II was pretty common among the people I knew who had one.
     
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    I had an older Fostex porta in the mid 90's, it was one of the best things I've ever had. So much fun!
     
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    They are great if they are clean and quiet. I bet you could get a couple bills for a couple hours of cleaning and tweaking. If the tape head is shot, bad news for you, but they still can be replaced. I prefer analog stuff if it works well. Sometimes the capstan belt may need to be changed to keep speed constant.
     
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    Everything has a price! I understand cassette tape stuff is the "in" retro thing at the moment so could well be a good time to sell.

    "Hey, want to work like Ed Sheeran is now ... buy this ..... " ;)
     
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    Usually the rubber parts are all shot. I would be very surprised if it works but go for it.
     
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    If it was me, I'd clean it up and keep it and play around with it. Gotta be easier to use than the new digital stuff you need an engineering degree to operate. Plus if they're worth a lot now, just think what it'll go for when you're done playing with it!
     
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    I just looked up what the Tascam 414 MKII's are going for...more than I paid for thing new.
    Might have to sell mine, it's near mint complete with box & instructions.
    I used it for probably a grand total of 10 hours.

    The best tapes to use for these things is chrome or metal tapes 60 min or shorter. Anytime I tried a 90 min tape, it never worked well. C45 worked the best.
     
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    Many buyers are purchasing memories, not the most functional alternatives. IMO that's a big but very human mostake. In this case, easier and better alternatives exist at almost no real cost, yet someone will buy that if it works perfectly, which is unlikely. There are innumerable clean, in-box units like that out there, so condition is often the deal-breaker. Peoplke like NBew Old Stock, not thrashed old stuff.
     
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    I too have a Tascam 414 purchased circa 1999.

    There are people on YouTube doing moderately interesting stuff with looping and effects.

    But as others have stated there are less nostalgic more efficient means to the same end.
     
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    There are also lots of folks out there with old tapes, but who don't have functioning machines.
     
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