Originally Posted by diggiddi
Good deal on the 390x, smart move on your part. I'm looking to acquire one in the future and you are right,
we wont be seeing a better card til '17
C-5? never seen those before, just the regular C60's and C90's with occasional C30 sprinkled in
Did not know tapes had that much dynamic range, but you prolly needed a Nakamichi Dragon to best a Cd,no??
If ya pockets are deep you can still get Metal tapes and tape decks on Ebay
The 390 & 390x prices shockingly jumped back up as availability diminishes. Especially 390x (outside of Gigabyte's locked mV board). But that's the way computer component stuff goes. One week, I got a cheap, 1/2 cost replacement for a customer's motherboard, the next week, it was twice the retail cost. Lucky me, the buy was at the right time. I've had great buys on cpu's but sometimes motherboard prices were through the roof or not available.
Studio jocks and bands would buy the C-5 to give away as samples to record promoters and agents. They used them for auditioning night clubs and event promotions (like political rallys). Radio station jocks looking for jobs would use C-5 for voice samples from their past radio shows as auditioning tool. I even had a guy who was selling black market U.S. radio rock shows to England. It was a crazy business.
I sold junk cassettes, too. TV get rich scam guys selling, 'get rich quick schemes' would want thousands of cheapie cassettes. A ten cassette pack of how to buy and sell homes, a ten volume pack, teaching 'how to buy stocks' etc. Big churches wold buy bulk on a monthly bases. They'd ask me a size, type and price, have my helpers spin them off on big, cassette loading machines, put'em in a box(s) and ship them off.
I remember the studio guys like Nakamichi Dragon. I used Tascam, Teac V 970x, Akai GX-9 all for dbx archive and Akai GX70r for personal use. Can't be cheap around clients and customers. Funny how I can still remember that. I'm sure someday I'll get back in it. I still got a small cassette library in a cool storage facility. The very best sound came from ramping the (pitch) cassettes speed. Only a few machines were able to do that.