Re: as the decade comes to a close. so do tapes
I understand your pain, i've got packs and packs of live oldskool dance sets that are literally impossible to get hold of now and will never be remastered. Your best bet is to get as reliable a double tape deck as you can and make copies, then do as you will with the copy.
As a format, cassette tapes are nothing other than a nuisance, but at least gave the opportunity to dub copies as well as the legendary mixtape. Sound quality was next to awful. Vinyl, on the other hand, imo outclasses digital, when a good pressing is played on a premium setup. The bass frequencies vinyl can deliver are unique.