Stereo Equipment

This was our music, the music we listened to. We bought those LP’s and we recorded the music on to cassette tapes. Then we played the music in our cars, playback with cassette tapes with our car tape players and sometimes we yanked our homemade car speakers out from our cars and put them onto the roofs of our cars, this was very loud. We were at the lake or on the beach or in a field, someone’s back yard where we would throw a gaint size party. Then maybe there were those select times that we spent at the homes of our friends and we listened to our favorite music on their loud home stereo system. They had a sound system you just had to listen to, you just had to hear it, had to, with an amp, a preamp, mixers and other components like a Beta Hi-Fi Tape player , VHF Hi-Fi Tape player and a cassette deck, reel to reel, maybe two cassette decks.

Most of these systems were called stackables. The old home stereos speakers had very large speakers with 10-12 maybe 14 inch subwoofers and also tweeters for mid-range and a real nice speaker cabinet usually homemade. These stereos where 2 channel systems. I can remember 4 channel systems. Those 4 channel systems where called Quads.

Quadraphonic music a sound system using 4 separate channels and 4 separate speakers was the earliest consumer product in surround sound and thousands of quadraphonic recordings were made during the 1970s.

Of course, there were the feel good songs. These songs were good times songs you heard driving around, while you were playing the radio, playing those feel good songs you perhaps recorded. You must have been driving down to the beach or cruising the boulevard, just driving around out in the suburbs or the countryside listening to the music on your radios or tape players. I too remember driving out in the countryside playing those soft ballads.

I like all music and still do, to include all of the older Rock N Roll music. I’m putting some of this music into perspectives here like the music we listened to, loud rock n roll vs rock ballads, these ballads were easy to listen to, which helped put you into the mood, a mood of our choosing. We were dreamers back then and perhaps we still are somewhat. And I’m thinking that if all the dreaming we’re still doing can still reflect back to the same feel good songs and legendary rock ballads we used to hear, it being played either on the radio or by our media players, in some ways this is the same dreaming we did when we were young.


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