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  1. I joined a couple of months ago, it's a pretty nice group, they answer all sorts of MD questions.
  2. It'll be fun just to look at the different designs on these blank minidiscs - they're absolutely pretty! Now the pre-recorded ones, they're kind of plain by comparison, but looking at the different colors and designs will be enough to make you want to try to collect them all.
  3. From what I could find, if you're looking for MD equipment that is PACKED with features (such as my hi-fi), the best bet is the japanese auctions (by using the auction deputy services). If you do try that, be mindful of the shipping cost because that can be quite high at times.
  4. There's a lot more out there, that's for sure - Kain_ I'll have some pics of my unit asap - I've been busy lately.
  5. As many of you know already, MiniDisc was at its most popular in Japan, in fact music in that format (Pre-recorded MDs) have been released and sold there as recent as 2010 (!) So not surprisingly, Japan has PLENTY of nice units that play and record MDs. I've been a regular user of an auction deputy service that allows you to bid on Japanese auction sites (most commonly Yahoo!). Recently I have won a bookshelf MD Unit made by Aiwa in 2003 - and I am in LOVE with it! Take a look: Here are some of its awesome features: the display changes colors (511 according to its manual!) Its FM c
  6. I was fortunate to discover a Sony Mz-R50 in Orange the other day. According to the guy who sold it, this color was only available in Japanese models. It's pretty, that's for sure. I like black and white, but I really like to have a device that's in a more distinctive color. What is your preferred color of MD player and why?
  7. I love the Sharp MD portables a lot, especially the MD-MT877, it's just a nice looking unit and it has MDLP capability. On good headphones or earbuds the bass is really nice.
  8. In my case, I'm perfectly happy with taking the WAVs, and converting them to MP3 with Audacity (it's free, btw).
  9. I haven't tried LP4 yet, but I have used LP2 for recording some radio shows, one broadcast in mono and one in stereo. I really don't hear any real difference, but just like Arr-Nine-Hundred (LOL, cool name!), I've been used to MP3 for a long time, though I've also dabbled in OGG.
  10. In total, how much would that be for the whole thing (BEAUTIFUL looking collection)? I can only imagine the music on those discs!
  11. 1. How old were you when you first 'bought into' the format? That would be my current age, only looked into it this summer thanks to a guy who had a nice collection of J-pop on a bunch of minidiscs, and he had a player to go with it.. When it was more common, the gear for it was well out of my price range (i.e. I didn't have a job). 2. Do you still regularly use your very first player? That would be the MZ-RH1 and I'm using it right now. 3. Do you regularly 'use' your items, or are some purely of interest as a 'collector'? Both, if I collect gear, I want it to actually work. 4
  12. LOL, that's a nice looking home, though. Seriously, if the purple version isn't that rare, how come the silver one is pretty common on places like eBay or even Amazon and the purple ones pop up once in a blue moon (if even that often?)
  13. Actually you didn't 'break a dream' at all, haha. I was just researching this one and the silver ones are the most common and I just thought the purple ones were one of those 'prototype models' they just show in ads. I was surprised to find one in an auction at all. I just thought it was better looking in purple, anyway. Maybe since I got it from Japan, the purple ones were exclusively Japanese models?
  14. I use a deputy service to buy stuff from overseas, usually Japan. A couple months ago I made a bid on an MZ-R37 through that service on a Japanese auction - and it turned out to be the only bid. It just happened to be the Purple version of the MZ-R37. I heard it here and there was rare, but there isn't much info about it. Is it really THAT rare? One guy said it was "the rarest one on the planet". Is that true? FYI, it came with a pair of headphones and a remote and works perfectly. It's in very good physical shape too - one thing about Japanese second-hand stuff from my experience, nine
  15. A little vinegar on a Q-Tip or toothbrush usually does the trick. I had one machine that had corrosion, and didn't work with the battery I had, but once I cleaned it it was working just fine. A LOT of people have no idea that battery corrosion usually isn't so difficult to clean
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