seniorpesca wrote:How many tapers back in the day or even now would tape JUST for personal collection? To me the whole point of taping is to spread the music. This weekend I ran into a NASTY guy at the milwaukee and chicago DSO shows. I approached him very respectfully after the show was over in milwaukee and asked him where he uploads. He gives me a extremely snotty look not even looking at me saying nowhere. Then I ask if I can give him my email or anything and he gets even nastier. WHAT A DICK!!
So please tell me guys...is that practice weird or more common then i think. I usually don't interact with tapers unless I'm east coast where I know most of them from living out there for years. Just the whole notion of collecting ONLY for personal seems like smut collection or something weird. Its music....spread the love...am i out of line???
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