I purchased over 50 classic book cassette tapes at a thrift shop only to realize that they will only play on the Norwood xlp quarter speed cassette player. Does anyone have any idea how I could locate one of these old machines or convert the tapes to another format w/o the machine?
Did you get any results in your search for a XLP quarter speed tape player? I, too, am looking for one.
Am trying to locate a source for belts for my Norwood XLP. Electronics part is ok, but not having been used for a few years apparently allowed the belts to not work right. When I did use it, it sure was a neat unit. Dean
I bought tapes that say "can only play on xlp norwood long play cassette machine. Does that mean quarter speed tape player. I went to www.ccrane.com as recommended by KKaren and got a panasonic for 45 that states it plays quarter speed. Does any one know if I did the right thing. Also where do you buy a Norwood?
I purchased a "lot" of audio books from e-bay, only to find out that they tell me that I need a Norwood xlp long play cassette machine. KKaren, when you say a quarter speed tape player, is that what I am needing?
I have an owner's manual from a Norwood XLP that I used to own (wish I still had it) and the manual says that in XLP mode, the tape runs 15/32 of an inch per second, whereas in regular mode, it runs 1 7/8 inches per second. Therefore, the XLP mode is 1/2 speed, not 1/4 speed.
Also, in XLP mode, it records on individual tracks. In regular mode, it records on both tracks at the same time (like stereo).
For those of you with reel to reel, simply tape the half-speed cassette at normal speed on a normal deck, and record onto reel at 7-1/2 IPS and playback at 3-3/4 IPS from the reel into the computer.
For quarter-speed cassettes, record to reel at 7-1/2 and playback into computer at 1-7/8. If you only have a 2 speed reel you will need to do it twice, however there are MILLIONS of perfectly functional 3-speed reel to reels all over the net that can be had for about $20, including from us.