Well, I hope Tom doesn't mind me turning up here unannounced. I said I'd start to post again about six months ago but never got round to it (sorry!). Anyway I just found the website of Helmut Lemke, a sonic artist who I had the pleasure of working with back in 1997, when he was a researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University. His Tapemachine is a bank of eight cassette players, each with volume, speed and mute controls, which he built to create 'live sound collages'. It's a bit like a more primitive version of Mike Waters 'Melloman', featured here a little while back. I did see the Tapemachine in the flesh once, but have never had the chance of hearing it in action. It would be great with a stack of TDK Endless Cassettes, which up until a few weeks back were still available from TDK's American site, although the page seems to have now disappeared. This page still has some for sale. Snap 'em up quick before they vanish too.