how about this? I also lived through the tape era, buying high end TDK and Maxell. Tapes died because something better came along.
Are you REALLY going to tell me it's CHEAPER unit for unit for you to take the TIME to make a tape than burn a CD? And this whole argument about the "warmness" of tapes is goofy.
The "tape experience" I remember consisted of hiss you couldn't get rid of no matter how much noise reduction you used, low dynamic range that couldn't be increased without using something like dbx encodings, tapes that broke, tapes that de-magnetized, tapes that JAMMED.
Sorry, tapes are NOT cheaper, better than current digital mediums.