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RCA RP3504 Cassette "Shoebox" Voice Recorder
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105 of 114 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
I bought this at a local Walmart for casual use (recording my guitar practice sessions for later review). I paid $26.00 plus tax for it. What a ripoff. It's very cheaply made and doesn't work for squat. The play/record/rewind/ffwd buttons are sticky and hard to engage...you have to use one hand to hold the machine down in order to press the buttons with the other hand. You can't hold down the ffwd button while it's playing in order to audibly find your way on the tape (particulars annoying since there is no tape counter). The rewind and ffwd buttons don't stop automatically when the tape reaches the end. The unit does come with an AC adapter, but even when not running on battery power, the tape mechanism is so cheap that playback warbles noticeably. The frequency response is horrible (no bass at all), and unless you use the included plug-in microphone, anything you record is so faint it can't be heard above the tape noise. Oh yes, the included mic...the cable is so short (about 6") that you basically have to be sitting right on top of the recorder in order to use it. Since the cable is so short, the mechanical force of its physical connection to the recorder itself tends to knock the mic over.

Overall, this is the absolute worst tape recorder I've ever purchased (I've owned dozens...I grew up with these things). Based strictly on my experience with this steaming pile of plastic, I would probably never purchase another RCA electronics product. I would have given this thing negative 17 stars, but I couldn't figure out how to hack Amazon's site to let me do that.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2011
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This looks like the old shoebox recorder from the past which was about one pound. It is in fact a piece of junk that weighs agout 3 oz. and records like a broken toy. Utterly unusable with the feel of something that would break in a day if not sooner. Now I waste my time returning it. Don't buy this if you want a tape recorder - it is JUNK.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
My wife bought me one of these and it has stopped working after less than playing 20 tapes. Do Not Buy!!! unless you like throwing your money away. I would be ashamed to put a quality name like RCA on the front.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
I listen to audio tapes (that I made in the 70's !!) of some of my favorite TV shows and was looking to replace the recorder/player I had for nearly 20 years and finally went belly-up. I chose this one (yeah, I know, I picked the CHEAP one) and was disappointed when -- after about 4 months -- the tapes began sounding like they were being played in slow motion. At first I thought it was just the tapes themselves finally giving up the ghost after all these years, but when ALL of them started doing it virtually overnight, I figured it was the recorder.

Well, I decided to get another one just like it just in case it was only that particular machine with the problem. But the second recorder started doing THE SAME THING after a much shorter time period (about 3 months) !

If that doesn't say something about the shoddy workmanship of this 'item,' I don't know what does ! It's to my shame to have been fooled twice by this piece of garbage, but at least you all reading this review (and the other negative ones) can be more confident that you should avoid getting this at all !

FWIW, as a replacement I did buy the slightly more expensive Panasonic RQ2102. I've been using it daily for the past few weeks (Nov.-Dec. 2011) and have not been disappointed yet !
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
I bought one at least 5 years ago. I use it mainly to record notes or business phone calls. It still works well. The mic that comes with it is great for directional recording to cut down on unwanted sounds. It also has a tape counter to help you index seperate recordings.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
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I purchased a similar recorder 7 years ago for $40; that price today at Radio Shack is $50. The recorder is great IF you know its limitations. It is great for recording and playing treble; it is not designed for great bass recording or playback. Put differently, it is great for taking dictation (my use) or recording a talk radio program. It is not designed for, nor is it much good, for recording the latest tracks of your favorite group. The technology was perfected about 20 years ago; there is not much being invested in something so antiquated. So get it for the purposes stated, or look elsewhere.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
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love the now old school way of recording.the mic stand is perfect to what i need.i'm happy to have order this product.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
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This recorder is compact and easy to use.It can be used with batteries or house current. It comes complete with a plug in microphone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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Cassette recorders are not easy to find these days. But I have grandchildren who live far away and I wanted to read the books I buy for them so the kids could listen to Grandma read to them anytime they wanted. I bought two and sent one to them since no one has cassette players around anymore. I started doing this years ago when my niece and nephew were little. They are now 19 and 14 and still pull them out to listen to now and then just for nostalgia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2012
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It is difficult to find tape recorders in brick and mortar stores anymore, so we were thrilled when we found one (and the tapes) here.
We do a lot of paranormal investigating and these "old school" methods can pick up more and often be more reliable than their digital counterparts.
In addition to our hobby, we also like to record and send voice messages to our older family members that are not so MP3 savvy as the younger generation. It worked perfectly and did not disappoint.
Sometimes, going back to the "old way" of doing things can bring great results, and this product definitely did that for us - in both cases.
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