Can confirm, tape rack is cool. I have a bunch of tapes too but can't play them because my deck finally gave up the ghost.
Pretty much every thrift store and Craigslist area have tape decks. You have to wade a bit to find a decent one, but it's not too hard.
Yup, I've got a guy in mind. Repairs old electronics for a living and sells refurbs. I'll probably get one off of him, because I already know the part I need to fix mine doesn't exist. Just gotta find the time to make the trip out there.