As I was listening to the Egyptian Arabic course, I found myself constantly thinking in frustration:. The British woman who hosts and teaches the course is, as Michel Thomas was himself, very much in charge of the lesson. Mahmood plays a complimentary role and apart from a few cultural notes that he dictates, his primary purpose appears to be to demonstrate correct pronunciation. The British woman teaches the course and periodically refers to him to demonstrate.
Some people do find they get a better grasp on concepts when they hear them explained by a speaker of their own language. And that really is something that she does well admittedly — breaking grammar down into easily digestible concepts. But the main issue for me is that her accent is awful. The course does not — in any way whatsoever — train listening comprehension skills. As I always say, listening comprehension is the most difficult part of learning a new language and it takes the longest time to train. You can learn to speak a language very quickly in fact but being able to understand what people are saying when they reply back to you is a skill that takes a lot of time to hone.
The course encourages them to think in English the whole time but respond in Arabic. As I said above, the English-speaking teacher does a very good job of breaking grammar down into easily digestible concepts or blocks. So instead of going into a big spiel about verb conjugation for example, she gives a verb form and then demonstrates how to plug that verb form into a sentence pattern.
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It gets you away from burdensome grammar memorization and focuses more on piecing building blocks together to form coherent and natural sentences. I explain this in detail here. I think you are pretty much on the mark. In neither could I muster up the enthusiasm to progress onto the 2nd CD. Hi Donovan. Love your take on language learning and agree with the chunking method. I did the Russian one both plus vocabulary. Hi Ed, They sent me the Greek version after this review to give it a second chance.
I cannot comment on the effectiveness of the Arabic course, having never used it. I speak fairly fluent Spanish and Portuguese, and ended up marrying a Brazilian, and I am currently learning Japanese and French. I firmly believe if I had never found the MT Method my language learning journey would have ended before it began. I have found no other course that gets you up and running with the basics so quickly, and provides a constant feeling of progression.
The courses gives you a solid basis for fundamental grammar, common verbs, basic vocabulary, and sentence structure. It helps build confidence in the early stages and provides you with the tools to think in the language and create your own sentences. Another plus, is that his can all be done in your car on the daily commute, using otherwise wasted minutes of the day.
I would say however that courses taught by Michel Thomas Spanish, French, German, Italian himself were far more effective than those taught by his students. This is in part because the languages he taught have several similarities with English which he was able to exploit, but also due to his distinctive voice and personality. I found the Portuguese course not taught by MT was in content a carbon copy of the Spanish but did not stick in my head to the same degree.
The Japanese course is taught well, but vocabulary learned on the course is far more limited due to the lack of similarities with Japanese. Another problem with the newer courses is that they lack the review track which the original languages had. This was a brilliant way to drill grammar, basic verbs, vocabulary and sentence structure after completing the course, without all the talking in English. As you discussed, Michel Thomas has several faults. That said, MT should be viewed as just another tool in your arsenal and not something that will take you to an advanced level on its own.
I started to learn French using the MT CDs and I also feel that it gave me a fundamental grasp on grammar, verb conjugation, and sentence formation. It also gave me a feeling of accomplishment as I was speaking sentences in French. I tried other language programs in the past for Spanish and they never stuck. I tried Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone and a couple others whose names escape me. Meaning, they gave me a feeling of having a basic fundamental understanding of the formation of sentences, correct grammar, and verb conjugation. I also agree that the there is no writing or reading, which could be a problem.
The students, especially the male student in the Spanish CDs, can be irritating and distracting. For me, the CDs served their purpose, which is to get me excited and motivated to continue my journey. I still have to practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening. I have to work on increasing my vocabulary. Having read your article, all of the comments below and your responses and as someone who has learnt Spanish, and German and speak all three now fluently luckily having been able to live in all 3 of these countries may I offer the following: 1.
The negative comments seem to be about the extended range of MT courses all of which have been developed by Hodder since MT passed away. Almost all, including my own, opinions related to the MT created and delivered courses French, German, Spanish, Italian etc. Thanks, Jim. Of course this is not a replacement for more traditional Spanish courses, but it gave me not only confidence to pursue classroom learning, but also an overview that made parts of traditional classroom and laboratory including online learning much easier to comprehend.
I found the humor and almost always present patience extremely helpful in developing confidence. Furthermore, anyone who has self esteem problems when listening to a CD alone with no one to pass judgement has a problem more difficult than learning a new language. Anyone taking Spanish for the first time would benefit tremendously from listening to the Introductory tapes before starting the first day in the classroom.
And the advanced CDs would be of great benefit to the second semester of high school or college courses.
And most importantly MT imbues a sense of joy and accomplishment to his students. I purchased the MT course for Italian; downloaded all the CDs and listen to the lessons as I do my morning walk each day. I have eventually given up. Sometimes they struggle so much by saying every permutation of the answer that I eventually forget what it is they are trying to translate. MT sometimes talks over the students; and goes off onto a tangent. When I first started I was enthusiastic, and the back and forth between MT and the students was encouraging.
MT did all the teaching and pronunciations; no additional teacher in this boxed set. But that soon got lost as the students themselves struggled. Which is a shame. Maybe another time. As you pointed out, the English speaker was in control. It was more like someone pontificating about a language at a dinner party. Are you sure you listened to Michel Thomas French?
In the beginners CDs there is only Michel Thomas and two students. Agree with you Alex. I completed four years of French and wanted to have a refresher 38 years later as my husband and I were planning a trip to France. Needless to say, I also could not make it through the first lesson. I was quite discouraged. My husband, on the other hand, who has mastered both German, Russian and Polish, completed the fourth lesson and felt he had a good grasp of the French language. Unfortunately, when my husband tried to speak with a French-born acquaintance of ours recently, neither I nor the French native were able to comprehend a single thing my husband was saying.
That, I would say, is a stronger testament than an A-list celebrity who was asked to say something nice to earn a few quick bucks. Hello, I tried the method in mandarin Chinese and let me tell you that I gave up right away and went to find Chinese speaking teacher. Michel Thomas method is such a waste of money. I am on the MT course for Mandarin. The first cd is slow to get going.. But it helps you grasp the tones and structure of a sentence well.
I get what you mean about understanding the spoken words as in the advanced cd cd 11 of 12 the native speaker says the Chinese slow then at normal speed seems like bullet speed. But I think for grasping the basic understanding it is not all bad. Admittedly I repeated lessons too in blocks of Found I leant one time them tested myself the 2nd time. I studied Chinese for 4 years. My teacher was native chinese.
I had a lot of difficulty with hearing and speaking. During this time I stumbled over the MT course online and just tried it. Both my hearing and speaking improved quite dramatically. Especially the sentence structure of my spoken chinese improved, according to my teacher. Inspite of the no memorising method, the words would pop-up in my head when I thought of what I wanted to say.
What I also loved was the slow sentence and grammar growing, without having to learn a lot of new vocab at the same time. I was able to incorporate new vocab I leant in class without much effort. For me it resulted in a greater confidence when speaking Chinese. I had no idea what I was getting into, but had a trip to China and found the app online and a enjoyed it and b could speak mandarin by the end. I am a real advocate of MTM now and am listening to the Spanish course at the moment in anticipation of my Spanish friend visiting me.
I am determined to get my wife to listen to the French one with me I already speak French as my dad lived there. However I have to say that I am pretty cross about how I was taught languages at school mid 90s and maybe I will now discover that there are more ways of learning languages,I want to match my Portugueese friends 8. Anywa interesting review and has opened my eyes that there is a new way of learning languages and maybe MTM is just one of them, thanks! Michel Thomas Method is great at chunking and playing a limited and specific role in language acquisition.
The issue is more to do with the marketing of promises of fluency etc. In terms of listening comprehension, I agree as a languages teacher that other methodologies are needed. If MT fulfils a single L2 language need for an individual, then by all means they can use it. After which they leave it and move on to something else that fulfils another language need. Because language learning is multifaceted. I listened to the first and second levels of German, with Michel Thomas himself doing the teaching, and I found them very useful and learned a lot of basic sentence structure, conjugations, and vocab.
I enjoyed listening to it, and got a kick out of how the students responded, and tried to beat them to the answers, like a guessing game. Just treat it like a quick and easy primer, and remember that the end of the course is the start of the real battle. I just want to clarify, since I did not realize this myself at first, but Michel Thomas is Polish and not German.
Though he teaches the German course himself, his own German speaking is heavily Polish-accented not that this stops him from correcting his students accents so that they more closely resemble his own.
I bought the MT French course way back in It cost over a hundred euros, a lot of money for a college student. I abandoned French after that trip; it had been a false start. A year later I went back to French, and this time stuck with it. This time I used a bog-standard, computer-based course, with clunky graphics and no celebrity endorsements, which I was able to access for free in the language lab of my university. I found that that system worked a lot better for me.
Not saying that it would for everyone, just that it did for me. After a couple of months of that course I would still have struggled to have a proper conversation in French, but I was able to write a decent-length e-mail to an old friend in France, and that gave me a real feeling of achievement. I also like the fact that his approach constantly challenges you to translate things from English into your target language. Echoing Lolu, I think you could use it to supplement a more grammar-based course, to allow you to practise actually saying stuff. I can see why you would be making these points, but I cannot agree with this assessment.
I think the Michel Thomas method is great because of at least two reasons:. First, it enables you to reproduce what you learn by having you practice immediately. I think this is extremely rare in language teaching, yet this is one of the most effective ways to get you to remember and use the structures you learn. This makes the difference between active and passive learning, and it is crucial! For example, I recently found a good Slovak course on the Internet slovake. Having read through big chunks of it, I am able to passively understand quite a few Slovak words.
Second, Michel Thomas method does not shy away from grammar — rather, it embraces grammar the way that works for most people: breaking it down into manageable chunks and reinforcing with examples. And the rest is… just vocabulary. Sure, big parts of the courses are in English, and lots of it is not pronounced in a native accent — but the point of the course is not to teach you vocabulary, nor is it to give you a perfect pronunciation — rather it is to get you to practice the language, and also to help you build the basis of a language, to which you can later add more vocabulary and more advanced structures.
And I think the method does that really well. Surely, if you prefer to stress yourself out as you think that this might increase your performance or for whatever other reason , you can always find ways to do that? By all means, if you can create a more stress-free environment then do it. We do well to put ourselves under a healthy amount of pressure. I like his French and German courses. I think he was great. I learned a lot with Michel. I am very happy to have been a student of his.
Michel Thomas courses are for me the most effective way to start learning a new language and build a base, which is echoed in some of these comments. But did you actually use the course to learn Arabic and assess it on its effectiveness? I think if you picked up this course without speaking any Arabic — a very intimidating language to learn — you would have left a very different review. Let me make my point…. Of course nowadays we try to use the target language as much as possible when teaching. But in the self-study scenario where there is no teacher, this is quite reassuring.
There are other courses for that. Just like there are courses for reading, or writing. So, this is an unfair criticism. This, for me, is what is most motivating and has then propelled me to go on to study a language in more depth. Michel Thomas only taught the languages he learned, and none that he spoke natively, I believe.
I do agree the levelling is wrong and that some of the celebrity endorsements undermine it. And you can also see him in action. And by taking the responsibility off the student, they could relax and try to learn. It was a message he used to his students. And it worked.
Well after writing this review, Hodder did offer to send me a different language — one that I have not learned before — to try that. I may still accept that offer. But I feel that as an experienced Arabic learner I was better able to assess the strategies they use to explain certain features of the language.
Thanks for the review. I have to agree with a few of the other posters. I think if you were new to Arabic you would have written a very different review. It helps me with pronunciation and being able to think on my feet. I know a lot of you here are big grammar learners, but that never worked for me.
MTM does teach grammar in a more organic way. Also I have no problem wit MT saying there are no bad students. I had a terrible teacher years ago and would have quit learning the language. Luckily another teacher came in and got me on track and I stayed on track. I found it distracting. I looked into MT after being disappointed with the catastrophe that was Pimsleur Arabic Egyptian was bad, Eastern was worse.
I like courses that have a male and female speaker, the difference in octave means some differences in pronunciation are more apparent. Michel himself teaches it. The Arabic teacher at least had some integrity to try to stick to the premise of the program. The premise is similar, teacher and student having a conversation. Also works with the idea of starting with blocks and building up sentences with those blocks and grammatical concepts. So you get the 3 roots and some example words with them.
The basic concept is the same, but it has been highly customised for the language being taught. Hi Donogan, longtime reader but first-time poster here. I was wondering if you have listened through any of the Language Transfer courses yet. Im not the original commenter, but please update when you have finished checking out language transfer. Just the kind of thing people need to hear. I personally love the Michel Thomas method. But I knew way more than I had learned in a college course of 2 years.
MT makes the structure of the language make sense, it puts it in a way that you can digest and it sticks in your head. Enough to cope with a week in Ukraine anyway. I just wish I could find a similar style course for Bulgarian. I had a friend who recommended me this course said his spanish is at a level where he is near proficiency so I think you should not judge a language program on one language and second I do like the way he teaches and the short audio makes it less more palatable.
I agree with you. I could understand immediately. Absolutely love it. Love the philosophy behind it also I am so glad i came across it. This is silly. I did the Spanish course and one thing I am quite sure of is that the French course like the Spanish would take you through these simplest levels more than adequately. I went through MT Spanish Cds over the course of a few weeks in the way he suggested and I could get by quite well in conversation when I went to Peru after that for 4 weeks. My situation is a bit more difficult, since I can only rely mostly on audio programs, being totally blind, combined with the fact that not much foreign language learning books get put in braille here.
I would like to know though, what other audio programs have you found useful? I agree that the MT method does have some shortcomings, in particular some of the sentences being too long. If you want some good audio courses, check out the get talking and keep talking series from Teach Yourself. They give you a lot of useful vocabulary. You can access the ebook through iBooks on an iOS device. These books have audio which you can play, and you can read the text too. As the teach yourself courses get more advanced, verb tables and noun declensions are rendered as images, but at least these books give you structured learning, and you can look up case and verb endings online if you want to.
If you want a way to improve your writing and your grammar, you should check out Babbel. Babbel and Pod are paid subscriptions. Hope that helps. I purchased MT Total Polish on the basis of a freebie trial lesson. What is the point of including acted out errors and silly little jokes in a language course?
That lasted less than 5 Minutes! Woody Allen is living proof of this. Where with Pimsleur I start learning, and thinking in the language immediately, with MT, I had to recapitulate on the previous lesson every time. I used the MT course to learn Chinese. After 2 months I started speaking to my local Chinese friends. Basic conversations, yes but Chinese. I also speak some Norwegian, which I learnt at a school in Oslo Norway. The MT system is great. How is that relevant? Apps, courses, youtube….
I believe MT is the best method out there in that it teaches a lot considering the short amount of study time. However, the course itself is not the best. It is too short which renders it uselless unless you continue your studies with other materials. For me, he fails as a language teacher on an epic scale. As a keen Italian cook, with an interest in Italian cinema and having spent time in Italy in the past, I already have a feel for Italian pronunciation.
This is why, as Michel continues promiscuously dropping both definite and indefinite articles as he goes , thoroughly mispronouncing the first Italian words he introduces with a thick German accent, it just seemed horribly wrong; a beautiful, musical language mashed into guttural, sibilant grunts.
Then came the loud and annoying PEEEEP followed by a student answering his basic questions, always in their own horrible accent with no attempt to sound Italian, and often mispronounced. It was a genuinely painful aural assault. Make it stop! This was after less than ten minutes. I scrambled to hit stop on my CD player and instantly felt a sense of relief. Why would anyone want to use this as an introduction to a foreign language?
I want to learn the language properly, with correct pronunciation, in a way that will be easily understood and appreciated by native speakers. This course is a joke, one that I felt the butt of for having invested in. Hey, Andrew. I understand and speak italian today thanks to MT. I focused on learning the grammar with him, and it worked great for me.
Therefore, what I did was to start listening to native speakers through the internet with movies and videos, and that provided me the input I needed to acquire correct pronunciation. Right now, I actually teach languages with his methodology and have thousands of students on the internet. I will not go into much detail but I am quite happy with the Total Spanish course because of the simplicity and easiness it creates for learning the Spanish language. I only bought it in April this year and was listening while driving my car in the morning. It gives the necessary skill to form the basic sentences and understand elementary concepts.
After a few months I realised that I could read Spanish texts with ease and write my own sentences. Listening and conversational skills may take years to practice in any language and it is due to various aspects such as clarity of language, pronunciation, speed, dialects etc. I did not expect this course to be equal to a classroom-based learning, and it does exactly what it is designed for — to give the basic understanding of that language.
The rest is up to you what you wanna do with it and how you wanna master…. The Total Spanish course is taught by MT himself and I like his simple way of building up the vocabulary and grammar skills. I cannot comment on other courses though. I am a linguist, translator and language teacher by my background and I know several other languages already. I think this was the easiest way of acquiring another language without putting too much effort. I had been trying to learn German for 20 years when I used the MT cds.
It was my a-ha moment. I have completed the first German program and can read pretty well and can get by conversationally. I also used the Spanish course and got most of the way through that one. I can read a lot, but have trouble with conversation. I have a great base though. I used the mandarin program for about an hour before going to China and just with the few words and understanding I knew I was able to get us out of a sticky situation with a cab driver while we were travelling.
I recommend MT to anyone that I hear talking about learning language. I used the earlier versions of the Arabic. I thought it was good. I had taken classes before moving to Cairo and the MT really helped me put sentences together when speaking. A friend who had lived in Egypt for a while but basically used the point and say a noun method of communication found it incredibly helpful to learn to construct sentences. She has been involved in a lot of learning arabic courses not just MT and not just Egyptian.
Anyway, thank goodness Mahmoud was there. Other friends also found it useful for learning to create sentences. I also tried the Italian one. The teacher was obviously getting very frustrated with the learners. I think you have to suck them and see, not every teacher or method works for every learner. PPS — sorry! Wish I could edit a comment: I used what were formerly known as the Foundation, Advanced and Vocabulary courses of the MT Arabic — a total of about 10 hours. I believe this gives a satisfaction; — it is really engaging and keep you there; — I like a lot this audio method of language learning where you need to translate.
How curious! I found him superb!
Not perfect, but superb. My Shanghai born fluent Japanese speaking friend said my Mandarin tones were fine, and the basics of Japanese were relatively easy. I stumbled onto your site while searching for a decent Egyptian Arabic course. You will always have to do the work, learn further vocabulary, practice listening to different conversations, radio programs, and accents etc.
No course will give you all the vocabulary you personally need for your way of life, job, interactions etc. Sure, relax-listen-repeat-absorb, and then do it again, and again………. I sat a face-to-face placement interview. This was the first time actually conversing with someone in French, having only used MT. We covered a number of topics to gauge my competence, and I was then placed in the Intermediate class.
I did the same with the Japanese. I was taking a trip to Japan and had a few months to prepare. She was very pleased with my ability to have a basic conversation. I do agree that the leveling is not correct, but you will be able to communicate with others. Again, it comes down to expectations. I also greatly agree that the comprehension part is severely lacking, but I find that is something you will work on for quite a while with any course and depending on where you go, different accents, etc.
After these experiences, I do believe that the original MT courses are a good start. But they are just that…. A little research is required, and a realistic expectation. Did you really think any one course would cover everything you would ever need to master a language? This cassette sound collage by Joseph Nechvatal was released by Sound of Pig in Listen at Archive. Because the artists starting the chain often sent a tape with the same five minutes of music at the beginning to different people, each tape they sent out would take a new direction.
I know people are doing that kind of swapping these days with the Web and putting it online. What can I put on here? One artist in particular, Zan Hoffman , was known for sending around these chain-letter tapes and making musical collages from the tapes he received. The shelves pictured are only part of his collection in his Louisville, Kentucky, home. Margolis says that even when home-tapers would record and trade commercially produced albums, they would find a way to make them unique. Here are two minutes of the birds singing. In between tracks, Woody would still peep through.
The covers of most tapes from early cassette labels have a punky DIY look to them, thanks to black-and-white copier machines and brightly colored paper. Margolis says in the beginning he would make booklets to go with his cassettes, but that got to be too much work. He even bought a Ricoh Copier for his house, which allowed him to churn out Sound of Pig J-card covers and sticker labels.
Inspired by the earlier mail-art movement, many home-tapers went wild with their tape packaging.
It could be a one-off or off, so you could put the cassettes in weird things. Typically, a cassette-network package came with other treats besides the tape and its container. Sometimes someone would send you 50 copies of a flier, and you would just pass those along as well. McGee keeps these bits and pieces in two file cabinets. As interconnected as the s cassette network was, it was also an endless sea of cases and J-cards.
For me, it felt like the energy kind of ran down. Around that time, the job market changed. I got tired, and at one point, I just stopped. But cassette culture never fully died, and the home-taping network has resurged at least twice times since. But I brought home the printed sheets, and I collated and folded and stapled all 1, copies of each issue, sitting on the floor or had them laid out on a table. I mailed it all out myself, carrying big bags of stuff down to the post office in Apollo Beach, Florida.
The first several issues of that sold out. So I sent letters to people that I had known and asked them if they were still doing tapes. They put me in touch with new people, and the networking started all over again. Cassettes were still going strong in Noring ran a label called the FDR Tapes, and he performed on no less than releases, not just solo music but also in collaboration.
His label did a lot of compilations and put out tapes by lots of other artists. Another notable artist back then was Jay T. In , he completed the eighth cassette in the series, which he knew would be the last. At that point, recordable compact discs, CD-Rs, were easy to come by, and CD burners were growing more affordable to regular people. But much to my surprise, cassettes kept on going. And there are still lots of people doing it now. Listen at TapedRugs. But the CD-R format, which eventually replaced the mix tape, turned out to be a technological letdown. Home-tapers were 95 percent white guys in their suburban bedrooms.
Some of them had music-industry intentions. Campau says that in the late s, he had to make a decision about what kinds of music formats he should accept for his show. In , Napster pioneered online peer-to-peer music sharing but ceased operations after a series of lawsuits about copyright infringement. Napster opened the gateway for music becoming more accessible through online downloads and streaming.
Part of the motivation behind cassette culture was the idea that anybody could make music. Now, with the ease of using computers and recording, anybody with the inclination can make music. All the limitations have been erased, which, on one hand, is exactly what we were all trying to do—to take away the power of record companies as gatekeepers. According to McGee, the Internet—which most people connect to through the same machines they use to do drudgery for school or work—has killed much of the romance of music from far-away places.
I would get tapes that were sneaking through from Communist Bloc countries. In , I got a cassette from some guy from Hungary who used the name Art Deco. Please spread my music in the West if you can. We tapers have a lot of mixed feelings about it. Are we complaining about having everything? Yeah, we are, kind of. Via tapeattack. I put a cassette in and sit in a chair, and the music unreels in time. Oftentimes, all the songs or all the pieces would cohere together into some kind of overall concept. A lot of people did side-long works, minute-long things. Here is the link on Bandcamp. Of course, everyone is on the Internet now.
Margolis uses it to promote his Pogus CD label. At his site, the Living Archive of Underground Music , Campau is posting every one of his past radio shows, which featured original songs from home-tapers, starting from Courtesy of Hal McGee. Despite his reservations, McGee tried to turn the Internet into a positive force for home musicians, with his International Email Audio Art Project , a hour-long compilation of one-minute tracks from artists all over the globe. It takes imagination, just like anything. Can we reimagine the Internet as something that has meaning?
Is it possible? You get out of it what you put in to it. If you can just find everything anywhere and not pay for it, how does an artist make a living? Where does the money come? Of course, making music is not about the money, but if you like this label, if you like these artists, how do they continue to make art that you would like to hear and see? This so-called anti-consumerism movement is pushed by the computer industry, which is making an absolute fortune off of it.
To him, the physical nature of collecting cassettes is where the magic is. Love is in the details. We grow our minds through studying. Making a mix tape, as opposed to burning a mix CD-R or building an online playlist, requires more of a time investment. You basically sat in front of a machine and recorded it. When you could burn a CD in three minutes, it changed the way that people related to sharing music with each other. I had to get all my thoughts together to tell them everything I wanted to and take my time with it.
I want to be a supporter of independent music, but there is a limit to what I can do. Many cassette devotees in their teens and 20s are too young to be nostalgic for cassettes because they grew up with digital music. Sylvester theorizes that those particular music lovers approach cassettes as almost an archaeological experience. In the same way, you can put an Oculus Rift and experience virtual reality that way, or you can go to Disneyland, go through rides with all these weird animatronic machines, and experience what virtual reality was like in the past.
Margolis says the latest cassette movement has a whiff of fetishizing past technology. If it was on a cassette, you bought a cassette. If it was on a record, you bought a record. Same goes if it was on a CD, or if it was a download. I only take cassettes. Listen to one track at YouTube.
My challenge now is to try to reach all those people and maintain that cassette feeling. Around , the latest cassette revival started to bug McGee. My opinion has changed somewhat, but I still feel that there are very few people who are doing cassettes these days that really get it.
Cassettes were great because you could make as many or as few copies as you wanted. If there was only demand for one, I made one. If a hundred different people wanted it, I made a hundred. I think that it was natural for me and people of my age group to pass through the stages that I did, because we started making our homemade music at a time that was pre-computer, pre-internet, pre-email, pre-MySpace, and pre-Facebook.
Via Discogs. McGee decided to take this fetishism to the next level. It was just ridiculous, but that was my commentary on cassettes. I was partial to TDK too, I just liked the look and the sound was good. I hit the motherlode when my mom decided to ditch Amw y and was about to throw away like 50 of her "prospecting" tapes usually two hour speeches by chipper very white very Christian couples endlessly extolling "free enterprise" and offering tips on how to best infect ones' neighbors , I spent the day throwing away the inserts, putting tape where appropriate and salivating at my radio recording options.
The quality was terrible but I probably got every early-mid 90's hip hop single released on those tapes somewhere. Maxell and Fuji slim cases! The reels weren't jiggling around. Almost always bought high bias. Slim cases suck because they rattle too much in the tape case when you're driving your car.
The big electro-magnetic blocks? For awhile, I considered those a perk of my radio profession. My hundreds of SAs have been stored away in the attic for about a decade, enduring the coldest winters and hottest summers, but I trust these tapes will play it again, sam. Cassette Jam '05! Both seemed ridiculously expensive to me in or whatever. What a great thread. I've got a Tommy Vance cassette somewhere too. It's had the label torn off though, so I can't remember the brand. It's a bit tatty, though, so lot like a fancy memorex or anything.
Still it's lasted 22 years I suppose. I hear sighs My brand for years and years Maxell XLIIs. I had that poster from the ad above up in my room. And I wondered why I never got laid until after high school. I remember playing around with Sony 'metal' tapes, but always found that everything sound 'bright' on them and the quality wasn't that flash in the longer term, with some of them literally falling to bits. Others included a brief dabble with a box of BASF 'chrome' that did nothing for me, seemingly dulling down the top end. Though my best friend loved them. Different tastes. But the SA-X C's were the staple for a long while.
And then went to MA-X's when I started to get better paid. My god, the memories are flooding back. LOL Recently I was cleaning up in the shed and found my old case of car tapes. Got all excited because my current car Holden Berlina was the last of its line to have both cd and tape deck and hadn't seen a tape near it since it rolled of the production line!. Popped in a funky mix from and marvelled at how good they still sounded. The decision to invest in quality tape, even with the associated financial pain, revealed its long term value that day!
I am in awe of how good they still sound. XL-IIs here, too. I loved em cuz they were matte black. Looked so fuggin cool if you scrubbed off the gold-printed text with alcohol. Looked like Mad Max tapes. You could write on em in silver ink, or pencil, or just gouge letters into the plastic. I was always a BASF fan. Felt like the provided more detail than the others, and also less distortion.
Maxell also provided some fantastic sound, but had a tendency to distort the bass. Didn't the first seconds of Maxell's tapes start off with a head cleaner? Goodness I love pictures of cassettes. I mean, you know, who needs a vinyl fetish? Maxell XL-IIs. High priced, terrible sound and even worse transport You must be logged in to post.
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