[78-L] the 'deadest' consumer audio formats?

J. E. Knox rojoknox at metroeast.org
Sat May 14 16:55:44 PDT 2011

Greetings from FixitLand!

Bud Black wrote:

> Does anybody remember the RCA super cassette machines from the early
> sixties?  It was a failed format, but for years I had a player that  
> worked
> fairly well.  The cassettes were much like what would become the  
> standard
> Philips" cassette, only about ten times larger.

Yep -- that's the RCA Cartridge. Came out in 1958 or '59. The 1/4- 
inch tape ran at 3-3/4 IPS in a cassette (only twice the size of a  
Philips Compact Cassette). I have an operable RCA Cartridge player  
(noisy bugger, but it does play), along with a couple cartridges --  
the RCA Victor "Sounds In Space" demo, and "Ralph Flanagan in Hi-Fi,"  
along with a blank recording cartridge. The player is rather chintzy  

Here's some RCA Cartridges on our favorite (?) online auction site:


And an ad for one of the machines:


This looks like the machine I have: (the one for sale here is a parts  


(Gosh, how long has it been since the phrase "Compact Cassette" was  
used? Remember the stylized logo that went with it?)

Take care,

"Whether they be the musician cats in my band or the real cats of the  
world, they all got style."--Ray Charles

More information about the 78-L mailing list