I don’t suppose any of you still have 8 track tapes lying around, do you? Like most everything, eventually there will be renewed interest although in this case it sounds as though they had devotees early on! It’s hard to believe that any of them will still play well and I would have assumed the tape part would have a tendency to get brittle with age but apparently some have stood up well.
I only had a handful of them ... Jim Croce, Seals & Crofts and ... oh dare I admit to this ... The Partridge Family.
I think I have a few stored down under the basment stairs! Hahahaha! Who knows what shape they are in.
My first car did not have any music in it. My brother rigged up an 8-rack player for me under the driver's seat. I cut out from a Radio Shack's advertisment for 8-track players a picture and glued it in the dash of the car. It looked real! You would not believe how many times my riders would try to press the buttons to change the song and I would reach under my seat and change to a new track! LOL!!
I had no idea that they would even be playable at this point! I hope they stay flexible and you can enjoy them for many more years. I wonder if you can buy the 8-track tapes at old record stores along with some great albums. If I still had my Partridge Family tape, I'd let you have it!
I remember how to fix those. I also have one that is full of songs I learned on the guitar when I was 12. I have gained an appreciation towards Goodwill industries for the seemingly never ending supply of old 8-track players for 4-5 bucks.
I thought that the 8-track system was one of the astoundingly bad designs in the history of audio equipment and refused to buy one. For my vehicle, I was interested in a competing design called the cassette. One of the primary factors in the quality of sound from tape equipment is the alignment of the head to the track on the tape. The 8-track system jerked the head into one of 4 positions with a rather clunky imprecise mechanism that I thought was guaranteed to fail.