I’ve been doing lots of interviews as I continue to write and research my survival guide for caregivers. I record the in-person interviews on a digital voice recorder, but I’ve been using a micro-cassette tape recorder for the phone interviews. (The sound quality is better with the phone and the cassettes, for some reason.)
Twice now the cassettes have broken in mid-conversation and the tapes just stopped recording – without my realizing it. I was panic stricken, figuring the material was lost, until I remembered a man named Dave Sommers who came to my rescue for the exact same problem in ’07 when I was writing the “She-Fan” book.
When a cassette broke back then, I frantically searched in the Yellow Pages under “audio” and “video” and found a company called “Master Tracks Recording & Multi-Media.” A man named Dave Sommers answered my call and said he would try to put my tape back together. When he succeeded – in, like, a day – I was overjoyed and thanked him profusely.
I called him again, praying he was still in business, still at the same number, still living in Santa Barbara. Victory! I left a message that must have made me sound totally hysterical and he called me back within minutes – from the beach! He was enjoying himself on a warm, sunny day but still made time to return my call. Once again, I was grateful.
And once again, Dave came to my rescue and fixed a cassette. He said he has a new business too. He sells a natural product called Ganoderm (http://www.myganocafe.com/dave), which is designed to make us all healthier, no matter what ails us. I’m all for that.
He also told me about a way I can record phone calls by using my computer, which will mean no more broken cassettes. Whew.