Single Status Update
Taking Maes's idea, obviously. (Not really; I had actually thought of recording these old things for listening, cleaning up, digital copy, and possibly sharing for a while now, it's just Maes's recent thread that brought the idea to the front of my mind.)
Essentially, I had in mind an idea to take my father's old 8-tracks and (at least a selection of) the old vinyl records I've gotten from a variety of sources (mostly my grandparents' house) and record the entirety of them digitally for reasons stated in parentheses above. A wrench was thrown into those plans when I was reminded that the Emerson record player I bought at a yardsale a few years back had a warped table (seller left the damn thing out in the sun on a very hot day; smart one, he is) and a possibly damaged needle, the Cariole 8-track player stereo I used to listen to the 8-tracks with apparently burned its motor out (indeed, it just sits and grinds now, and the program change button doesn't even move), and the Realistic "boombox" 8-track player doesn't have a functioning program changer.
Regardless, I decided to go ahead and do some recording anyway. Not really something I'd consider for serious full-album rips; at least not til I have the resources to buy better quality playback equipment. It's at least worth a listen.
A video version of the above introduction. (Any audio abnormalities are the fault of "truncate silence" in Audacity and lazy editing.)
The first two videos are of the 8-tracks. These are more or less just "give a short sample of each 8-track because the players aren't cooperating".
I think the ones that actually properly played came out pretty good to be honest. It's a bit odd how some of the cassettes played multiple tracks' audio at once, though.
I've got a few Vinyl/record songs recorded as well. I'll be updating the post when those are uploaded.