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The History of Audio Recording
Do you know the history of audio recording where the 8-track and cassette tape are concerned? Read on for more info about the history of audio recording from a vintage audiophile standpoint!
What is an 8 Track?
An 8 Track is a magnetic tape sound-recording technology that was popular in the United States from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, when the Compact Cassette format took over.
8-Tracks were invented by William Powell Lear, the man behind Lear Jet. 8-tracks were commonly referred to as Stereo 8, 8-track cartridges, and 8-track tapes. 8-tracks were almost completely phased out by late 1982, but some remained available through Columbia House and RCA until late 1988. This audio format is now considered obsolete, however there are many collectors and enthusiasts that search high and low for the perfect 8-track!
What Is a Cassette Tape?
A cassette tape is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback.
The cassette tape was invented in 1963 by Phillips. They were commonly referred to as compact cassettes or tapes. Originally designed for dictation machines, cassette tapes quickly became the popular choice for recording music and eventually replaced 8-tracks. By the early 1990s, CDs began to take over - making cassette tapes considered obsolete in this day and age. By 2007, the biggest electronics retailer in Britain announced they would stop selling cassette tapes altogether. However, like all things vintage and retro, many people still enjoy and collect them!
Lewis Interiors stocks many 8-tracks and cassette tapes in our eBay store, along with TONS of vinyl records... Check them out!
Who are we?
Lewis Interiors delivers high-quality vintage/retro goods and custom handcrafted furniture to local and online clients. Lewis Interiors strives to be a leader in the vintage and American-made handcrafted furniture industry. We make an effort to provide an excellent customer experience from beginning to end on every transaction. As a small family-owned business, our goal is to obtain moderate growth and annual profitability - while maintaining our passion for Mid Century Modern style and delivering high-quality products.
The Definition of Vintage
What classifies an item as the definition of vintage, anyway?
For listing purposes, at Lewis Interiors we consider anything that is not being currently made, produced, or in production at the present time "vintage". This means that even if something was made last year - and is not being made this year - it will be considered the definition of vintage for listing and searching purposes.
Discontinued items become hard to find, and can be categorized as such - as long as you are representing the item to the best of your ability. It is important to add as much information as possible when listing items in an online platform, such as mentioning the year, model, and condition if possible. There are usually no discrepancies between the buyer and seller if as much information as possible is disclosed.
While we could pontificate on what the "true" definition of vintage is, and we all certainly have our own opinions, this is our working definition when listing our items on various eCommerce platforms. Check out our eBay store for lots of vintage items!
Care for Vinyl Records: Shipping
At Lewis Interiors, we have a passion for records! Our extensive record collection includes all genres, including soundtracks and specialty albums. We only list the best and cleanest records we have. All of the records we sell are graded VG or better. We have nearly 700 records listed, and THOUSANDS waiting to be uploaded. If you're looking for something specific, let us know. We just might have it in our collection!
In order to keep our collection in tip-top shape, we take great care for vinyl records when we ship them. We take great pride in our mailing efforts. All of our records are shipped in specialty reinforced cardboard boxes made specifically for vinyl records. We also remove the record from the cover to prevent splitting. We start with corrugated cardboard and then the record, cover and original slipcover are placed in a reusable plastic slipcover for friction safety.
Moral of the story: If you're ordering a record from Lewis Interiors, rest assured that it will arrive to you in excellent condition because of our extreme care for vinyl records. Our small handling fee pays for the box and shipping supplies. Trust us, it's worth it. If you've dealt with other sellers who don't pack and ship properly... you know EXACTLY what we're talking about! We also welcome you to view all of our available vinyl records available in our eBay store!
Lewis Interiors loves everything modern, vintage, & retro! Specializing in MCM and custom built furniture, Lewis Interiors has a wealth of knowledge and experience!