Wow Terre....that would be something if they did survive I started out with a small reel to reel when I was eight or nine, and loved it so much that I moved up to a really nice reel to reel that handled the big stuff. I think that's where I got my love of recording and messing with wires, cross dubbing and getting creative. I did the same with cassettes. It just hasn't been the same since tapes were phased out. I still have cassette decks that can plug into the hard drive and record original content through Audacity into MP3 format. I'm glad I learned what to do the "old way" so that I have more understanding of what's happening when I use the computer studio....but I do miss the "old way".