I spent around thirty years going to Disneyland to listen to Rod Miller play the piano.
When I was 16 years old, I took my tape recorder to Disneyland and recorded on cheap cassette tapes. A few years ago I recorded three days of his playing onto MiniDisc (it sounds a lot better).
I've always wondered if there was a pitch shift caused by my old cassette recorder. I was never sure that it recorded and played back at the same speed!
I finally answered that question last night when I compared two versions of "Yes, We Have no Bananas" played 28 years apart.
The 1976 version is on the left and the 2004 version is on the right. They weren't played at the same speed so you'll hear them drift together and then apart with an echoing kind of sound. The clip is only 15 seconds long.
And the answer is ... my old cassettes are in tune! Or at least close enough.
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