Welcome to the website

of a HiFi-enthusiast!

From Vinyl & Cassettes to Minidisc and 8-Track. They all get their fair share of attention here. Read the stories behind various old audio devices and their mediums which I share on this website.

I have been involved with cassette tapes since 2007, supplemented in 2010 by vinyl to make it a hobby in 2013. Though the hobby doesn't stop with just music and their physical media.

The devices are often outdated, no longer work properly or generally require regular maintenance and attention.

I share my experiences with analog, digital and obsolete media here, from the past and present to general information and repair.

Welcome to this website!
"Now also available on CD!"

Information for new visitors:

First of all welcome to the website! I founded the website in 2019 to tell you and other readers about the many different audio formats that have been used over the years, with information about operation, explanations of use and even repair reports to help the tinkerer with his own repair.

I try to tell the information, repairs and blogs as interesting as possible, this means that sometimes I bring things with a bit of humor that may go out of context since I don't always like to take things too serious. Because of this some articles may read like a story, an experience from my own perspective.

The website is currently managed and edited by me alone, this way you don't have to sign up or subscribe to anything and you won't suffer from any distracting ads or sponsors, unless I personally think it's worth mentioning one. Think of the website as a kind of Wikipedia for outdated sound media!

I regularly check the website for errors and correct them as soon as possible, though sometimes it may happen that the overall information is incorrect, I often base things on my own experience and what the internet can tell me. If you find an error, contact me! After which I will check the error and correct it if necessary. At the bottom of this page you can find the latest changes for this website, if you want to know if something new has been added to the site, you can find it there.

As my native language is Dutch, it can (and probably will) happen that my spelling and choice of words is not always correct, my English is not bad but also not as good as my Dutch writing is. I have to translate large portions of text through a translate tool, and check these to correct parts that seem out of place. I intend to update the English version as soon as I finished changing or adding something on the Dutch version, this is a time consuming process and may take 'a day or two' to translate and/or update.

The pages on this website can be found (for the computer user) on the left in the sidebar. Mobile users can access this bar by clicking the three stripes in the top right corner of the screen.

The website is built to be read on the computer, so it is possible that the layout is not always presented as intended, therefor sometimes it can help to tilt your mobile, unfortunately I can't do much about this myself, my apologies for this.

Thank you for visiting and have fun on this website!

General messages:

November 13, 2023: I had this coming for me, but today I unfortunately had to make the decision to partially close the contact page. The success of the website itself has the downside that I now receive several questions almost every day from people who have problems with their audio and media and ask me for advice on how to tackle this.

I still work alone on this website and therefore do not always have the time to answer the questions. Now that the amount of questions are piling up quickly it takes almost an entire day to answer them all seriously and properly. Time that I actually no longer have to do this at the same level.

The contact form is still available, but no longer for questions about questions or problems with audio equipment or media. As of today, the form is only available for questions, complaints or tips about the website itself.

I would like to thank everyone for their efforts and apologize for no longer answering such questions.

September 23, 2023: In terms of general announcements, there isn't much to mention currently, which can also be a good sign. It is worth mentioning however that the website is still running very well, the number of visitors is fairly stable with a slightly upward trend, which is always nice to see, it indicates that the time I spend on the website is definitely worth it. The English version has also been around for a while now and is clearly running well which is also nice to see.

I am currently working on a number of updates, such as general changes, I have improved the old gallery and renamed it "Photos and Videos", mainly to emphasize on the many videos that I have made. In addition, I have worked a lot on the information page for the microcassette, which is almost finished now!

In addition, there are plans to continue working on other pages where there is still plenty to do, take the information page about vinyl and record players for example, it remains a difficult subject not only because there is a lot to say about, but it also remains difficult to get everything right and to bring it in a clear and readable way. My attention will probably go to this subject after I finish translating the microcassette information page.

Finally, I continue to make small improvements and corrections from time to time. Sometimes it is only after a few years that I notice a typo which I may have already overlooked 3 times, besides that there is always room for improvement on other subjects. In short, there is always something to do on the website!

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When you submit your completed survey, you will be treated to a special page on this website!


How far are you willing to go when it comes to repairing a damaged sleeve for a type of media that has only been on the market for 5 years? Read on to find out...

Before we get started, the following: when is something a special edition? After all, it is just how much 'value' you attach to something that is special in your eyes. What may be special to me may not be special to you at all.
Some media that I'm going to show here are in this case not always that...

We start this blog with an overview of vinyl/shellac. After all, it is mainly the collection of records that often has a unique or special edition. Records with special colors or complete images printed on the record. Sometimes they have a separate shape or are played in an alternative way.

A little after 13:00 we arrive by car at the entrance to the halls, the amount of cars is a small reference to the size of this fair. I've been to record fairs before, but these were often smaller in size, which also has its advantages (I'll come back to this at the end). The entrance fee was €15 and parking by car comes with a fixed fee of €10....

Last 10 edits:

  • September 23, 2023: New general message added.
  • September 20, 2023: Continued translating the microcassette information page.
  • September 19, 2023: Continued translating the microcassette information page.
  • September 18, 2023: Started translating the microcassette information page. Also a major update to the gallery which is now called "Photos & Videos".
  • September 13, 2023: Small change in layout of the information page. It it now better readable on both mobile and desktop.
  • September 8, 2023: Small change on home page.
  • August 26, 2023: Small change to 'About this website' page and translation corrections.
  • August 24, 2023: Added some info on the contact page
  • July 6, 2023: Added some info on the contact page
  • May 14, 2023: Finally added page 2 of the Wega B4610 repair blog.