With some of the earliest carts and players now over 45 years old, a working knowledge of tape and player repair is a must for any serious tracker. Years ago, you could take your deck or tape down to the local music store for quick and easy repairs. No longer. It’s D.I.Y. or die these days, so a little patience and ingenuity go a long way. The following sections hopefully will make your 8-track surgery a success.