I recently purchased a cassette-deck from a local IT engineer / hobbyist up-keeper of these sorts of relics.
It's no secret that I adore grit & fuzzy texture, on display in abundance throughout my graphics. After years of searching for some way to infuse analog texture, warmth, compression.. something ‘real’ into my music, I feel like I've arrived.
These days, I’m printing my music through the cassette machine before re-recording back into Ableton for mastering. I love the imperfections of tape, but also the permanence. As a frequent over-tinkerer, I’m appreciative of not being able to go back to tweak endlessly. The music stays more true to how I liked it sounding while initially making it.
I encourage you all to figure out how to add more limitation into your creativity. I’m infinitely more inspired to pursue making music and exploring sounds.