This is a very opinionated guide to help in the purchase and use of cassette decks. It is aimed in general at people who trade tapes of live music and in particular at Grateful Dead tape traders. I do not in anyway condone the sale or purchase of unauthorized recordings. I have no financial interest in any of the companies mentioned.

Most of this is based on my own experiences. I have also taken into account the opinions of people I trust regarding audio equipment. Thanks go to the following:

I welcome all comments, suggestions and questions. If your favorite cassette deck is not listed here and you think it should be, tell me about it and what decks you compared it to.

In future editions I hope to include a glossary of terms if I can figure out how I want to put it together.

Continued in Part 1