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Cassette tape collection may set record

BURNSIDE-- When John Platt goes to his garage, it's not to get a tool or check on his car. He's opening the door to his man cave, which is also like a museum of music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

"I get them from all over the world," he said.

The garage is filled with cassette tapes, which most music companies stopped producing 20 years ago.

"I enjoy it because they're durable, easy to have around and a lot of music that has been transferred to digital has been lost through the years. I have tapes I can't even find on the Internet," Platt said.

He can lay his hands on anything in the alphabetized collection.

Platt has been trying since 2006 to get into the Guinness Book of World Records and may finally be close. His application has been accepted. Now he just has to get a few things in order before the judges will come.

The largest collection he's heard of is about 10,000 tapes, which he can beat easily. He says he has 18, 315 and the number is growing every day.

"I've never seen one I didn't want."

No duplicates can be counted for the world record, no mix tapes, and every one must have a bar code. He has to try out all 18,000+ of them.

And though most of us think of cassettes as being fragile, that doesn't concern Platt. He can get them working again quickl with pieces of tape, paper or a cigarette lighter.

He likes all types of music… from Merle Haggard to Fleetwood Mac… Alice Cooper to Ella Fitzgerald. But he has a clear favorite.

"If you don't have Pink Floyd in your collection, you don't have a collection."

Vinyl records have made somewhat of a comeback recently. Could the same thing happen with cassettes?

"I have not lost hope," Platt said. " Since I started this, it's surprising how many people still love them."

He said 75 percent of his collection has been given to him. He says 'keep 'em coming' even though his garage won't hold much more.

"I've already talked to friends about that. We're going to build another eight foot section outside the garage door."

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