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by KaranMK2 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:59 pm

After fixing my 8 track, installed it and replacing the four speakers I got these 8 tracks off eBay (I know I have to loose a few!!) and to my surprise the sound is rather good. I also installed a bluetooth adapter that is connected to an MP3 input. The adaptor resides in the gloved box (power off a small 12V to USB output TX) that I can steam modern music to. Forgot how good the album- Wish You Were Here is!!!

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by Martin R » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:09 pm

Wish You Were Here is one of my favourites! Some great albums there :-)
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by colin7673 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:17 am

But 'Wish you were here' on 8 Track,,, It loses something.. Still a great album
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by Frankoid » Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:44 pm

Some great stuff there, I think the 8 track sounds poptabulous too :D
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by zacmarshall » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:20 pm

Which 8 track have you got, the Voxson /Motorola or the Lear-Jet?

I remember listening to the Lear-Jet in John Donegan's SP, sounded fantastic :-)
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by Mark1Stu » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:01 pm

Great news Karan. Glad you managed to get the 8 track working fully, with upgrades.

You are now our resident UK based 8 track expert!!

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by Kevin Birch » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:36 pm

Any 8 tracks that won't play can usually be repaired. There is a piece of sponge glued to a piece of card that sits behind the tape, that the capstan presses against, but this sponge disintergrates, so the player can't get a grip of the tape. The 8 track cartidge can be un-clipped, and the sponge replaced with a bit of draft-excluder, and away you go again,. The first one will take you a while, but you'll soon get the hang of repairing them. There are videos as usual on Youtube.
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