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Published Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Retrochallenge Step 0: Get Prepared

In the spirit of fairness, I'm not going to start work on the Retrochallenge Winter Warm-Up until January 1st, but I did want to start laying the groundwork so I can hit the ground running on the first of the year. I took my first step in preparation today by buying the all-important cassette player, an old-school Panasonic RQ2102.

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I chose the RQ2102 specifically because of its historical accuracy. Apple used to recommend this very model as the preferred cassette recorder for the Apple II — and yet, it's still made today. Remarkable!

Of course I don't strictly need a cassette recorder. Sure, I could use a PC or an iPad or something as an MP3 recorder. But honestly, where's the fun in that? So I want to use the real thing.