When I was a kid, I “borrowed” a voice recorder my grandpa had. This one still needed a full-sized cassette tape to work, and about 4 AA batteries. I used to tell stories and do “interviews”.
It was big and clunky and I think it died when I dropped it after climbing to the rooftop of the house.
After that, I graduated to a brand new state of the art recorder that accepted mini-cassette tapes. I kept it in the…