I am really tired of getting screwed over. Effective immediately, if you have not traded with me before, I will not send you airchecks until you FIRST send them to me. I just don't have the time or the money to waste on people who do not come through. For reliable traders, I apologize for the inconvenience.
I always follow through on my trades. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact any of my regular trading partners. (see my links page)
Guidelines and rules for trading:
My primary interest in trading is
airchecks that bring back my past. For
me, that is recordings of New York City area stations from 1971-1990.
But, I'm very interested in any aircheck that you have prior to 1990.
Lately, I've become fascinated with old time radio broadcasts from the
1930's and 1940's, so tell me what you have, it may very well interest me!
For present day airchecks, I prefer
out-of-the ordinary stations. If
you go on vacation to Hawaii, I want! I
want! some airchecks! Especially the
Hawaiian music stations. This is not to say that I'm not interested in other domestic markets,
it's just not my first choice.
I endeavor to make the best quality
recordings that I can. To that
extent, I have put a FM yagi antenna on my roof to point at the station to get
the best reception I can. Please
check my "FM tapeables" list for reception quality.
Note that signal strength can vary from day to day and from month to
month. If your station shows as sub par,
contact me anyway, as I travel often.
Old aircheck quality varies. Some of the tapes I've traded for sound excellent, while
others have lost quality over the years (or from too many dubs).
My own personal collection was just fair prior to 1980.
I will do my best to get you the best quality copy that I can (without
trying to remaster the tapes).
For tapes, I always use standard,
name brand tapes, my preference is Maxell's or TDK's.
I prefer Maxell's because they are held together with screws and not
bonded together. Other name brands
are acceptable as long as they are quality cassettes.
I like to get my tapes with a label
on them indicating the station, city, frequency, DJ if known, and date. If you know the time, throw that on too.
Generally, I don't send tape cases.
I've done that in the past and found that the cases tend to get cracked.
If you really want them, then let me know, but it's easier if you just
hold on to your cases for the return tapes.
I try to trade minute for minute. Oh, that doesn't mean exactly, but roughly.
That could mean that I send you 2 x 90minute tapes for 3 x 60 minute
I am very flexible with all of the
above, and should you wish to do something differently, let's talk about it.
But, in lieu of us mentioning this, this is what I will expect from you.
Finally, I will guarantee what I
send you. Should something be
screwed up with the tape or CD I send, let me know and I'll get it fixed.
Now for the ugly part:
As my collection has grown, I've
been hearing from many people. That's
great, I'm thrilled that you'd like to trade with me, and I'm happy to do so
with you. Unfortunately, this has
increased the number of deadbeats that I've come across.
So, I need to put some rules in
place. I hate rules, and I really
hate to do this. But, I've wasted
way too much of my own time, energy, and money all too often.
Please don't suggest a trade if
you're not ready to. We all have
life situations that pull us in all directions.
Be realistic. When things
slow down for you, then suggest a trade. I
plan to be around, and will be happy to trade with you then.
If you want to send me a heads-up hello message, that's fine.
But, please, let me know what's going on, and set expectations correctly.
I appreciate this.
If you haven't traded with me, I
will limit the number of tapes that I will trade with you and will not send any
tapes until I receive yours. We can
always trade more in the future.
You know the statement... a
little respect goes a long way. Thanks