Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Why is an 8 track is called an 8 track? 8 tracks use 1/4" magnetic tape and are a continuous loop. There are 8 tracks parralell to each other on the tape. There are four programs on the tape (varying number of songs per track) and two tracks per program - one for the right speaker and one for the left, thus making it a stereo tape cart. It doesn't mean that there are only 8 songs, which some people may think. A small metallic trip or splice allows the tape to switch between programs. Here's another interesting fact about 8 tracks. You may have seen what appeared to be an 8-track but it had a whole in the left back corner (or right, depending on how you're looking at it - see second pic.). These are 4-track tapes. They are similar to an 8-track except they have 2 programs instead of 4. The other difference is in a 4 track system, the pinch roller is part of the player and in an 8 track, the pinch roller is part of the tape. If you want to play a 4-track tape in an 8-track player, you need a converter. Most of these were metal and slipped into the hole on the back of the 4-track, which allowed it to be played in a regular 8-track player. A lot of people call them a "gidgit" (see 3rd pic.). They're not easily found. If you're lucky, you might find one in the back of a 4-track when you purchase the tapes. Otherwise, you may pay some big bucks for one. Most 4-tracks are the size of an 8-track, but there are two larger 4-track carts.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!!!!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
This year marks Kate's Track Shack's 15th year in business. It's hard to believe we've been selling, buying & repairing 8-tracks for 15 years!!!! We've met some really cool people and got to do some amazing things because of these 8-tracks - Were invited to be VIP guests on The Wheel of Fortune - meeting Vanna White and getting to stand behind the "wheel" during one of the breaks. Meeting some of the guys in the band of Telsla and Cheap Trick. Producing 8-tracks for these guys and other bands. Being on TV and radio (in front of the camera) and behind the mic.
We have met some of the greatest customers around the world. I want to make up a map that shows every state and country that we have sold 8-tracks to. It's a lot!
Be sure to check out the website for a list of new tapes and and updated list.
Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for a great 2013!!!