I still have my beautiful condition Nakamichi CR-1A tape player. I used to make a lot of recordings from CD. At the time cdp's were in their infancy and I could get the tape to sound awfully close to the player. I still have lots of the tapes I made; I play them now on the garage rig when my sons and I play basketball in the driveway.
I think of all the time I wasted making tapes, checking levels of each song, baby-sitting it through all the recordings, then making sure to fade out the last song perfectly before the leader. But, I enjoyed making tapes for other people of music I thought they would enjoy.
Back then, Nak decks kicked the stuffing out of every other tape player, and then some. They were THE machine! Even my entry level Nakamichi was awesome in performance. I couldn't get over how little hiss there was in a recording from disc. I would record them in Dolby C and play them back in Dolby B to get more of the treble presence but not the hiss.
Remember Metal cassette tapes? I found that I could get nearly the identical result with Chrome (type II) tapes for less cost. My favorite was the Maxell XLII-S, one truly sweet 90 minute tape, with an ultra cool black casing. I didn't really like the TDK or BASF so much, but the Fuji tapes I thought sounded good. :)
The Nak sits in my office rig; I should take my tapes there and reminisce. The sound would kill me, but the memories would be sweet.