Look through second hand stores like goodwill. Sometimes they have nice decks that is if your not into spending a fortune. I found a JVC from late '70s I would say (has needle VU's-way cool) for like 10 bucks. Looks and works like new. I use it to make killed diller tapes for the road.
I would take a look at Tascam, they still make great sounding cassette decks. You may also want to look at DAT, I have 2 in my system for over 10 years without any problems at all. DAT tapes are readly available and you can record 2 hours of music per tape.