Funny...upon seeing this thread -- I immediately thought reel tape stock! ;-)
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Some great examples of analog smells! I may also add one (not a definition, but a nice memory) - opening a brand new Maxell chrome cassette tape and smelling it upside down...no other tape smells like Maxell. I have tapes that are 30 years old, and I would still be able to pick them out by smell. Growing up in communist USSR, I was cheated a time or two when trading tapes where someone would place some cheap eastern european tape in Maxell casing. I learned real quick the trick about the smell of Maxell...could someone please make cologne that smells like Maxell? You have my $100. Now, go on to Kickstarter and get to work.
My 40y old SS H-H SCOTT smells analogue when on for a few minutes/hours. I know this smell. Old papers/books/cardboard/ old people furniture and houses... Not great in my office when I get clients coming. I have to explain and it's embarrassing, but I can't resolve to stop using it, just like my 40y old Reel to Reel tape recorder associated to it. The pair is giving the house (or at least my room) a different feeling. I hope they don't think this is not me generating that smell lol!
Primarily the varying musty smells from old record sleeves. Most times it's a warm, satisfying feeling of nostalgia and accomplishment. But infrequently, it's a reminder that I have all this old, heavy, smelly junk in a basement and the sun is shining and what the hell am I doing?
Secondly, it's the smell of old tube amps where the bias is set too high and the tubes are too hot.
My fathers old tube Ampex RTR. I use to watch my father with great interest demagnetizing the thing. What a ritual. The Stereo 70 and HH Scott Preamp and Tuner were all mounted in a custom wood cabinet that was oiled. So after about an hour of play time you got the mixture of hot tubes and oiled plywood. Catnip. My father and I use to sing I Pagliacci at the top of our lungs. Our smell memory is excellent and when I hit a familiar one it generates an instant flash back. I think the smell flashback is stronger than the visual flashback.