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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Tinkaroo » 06 Oct 2017 14:58

Here is what the BASF Chrome Maxima II looks like inside.

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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Vanni » 06 Oct 2017 16:51

Hard to beat the old late 80's early 90's TDK D for vfm, but I used to go for the TDK SA as I thought the quality was much better. There were times however when my local supplier had run out of SA's so I used to get BASF chromes instead.
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby recaptcha » 06 Oct 2017 19:44

Vanni wrote:Hard to beat the old late 80's early 90's TDK D for vfm, but I used to go for the TDK SA as I thought the quality was much better. There were times however when my local supplier had run out of SA's so I used to get BASF chromes instead.


SA's were popular tapes back in the day, so I am not surprised that your local dealer ran out a few times.
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Tinkaroo » 07 Oct 2017 11:06

recaptcha wrote:
Vanni wrote:Hard to beat the old late 80's early 90's TDK D for vfm, but I used to go for the TDK SA as I thought the quality was much better. There were times however when my local supplier had run out of SA's so I used to get BASF chromes instead.


SA's were popular tapes back in the day, so I am not surprised that your local dealer ran out a few times.


One advantage to being popular is that there are still a lot of them around, both new and used for us to enjoy. :mrgreen:
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Tinkaroo » 07 Oct 2017 13:50

Just for some variety here are some new Type II CD-IT 100 minute tapes.

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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby recaptcha » 07 Oct 2017 14:25

Hey I remember those, I haven't seen that graphic on the front in years! :lol:
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Vanni » 10 Oct 2017 18:00

Does anybody remember PDM tapes? I knew quite a lot of people back in the 90's who used to really like their standard ferric and chrome tapes, while I thought the opposite; very average, and sometimes quite poor sounding on particular tape decks.
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby recaptcha » 11 Oct 2017 00:23

I have never heard of PDMagnetics before, however, that info is good to know. :-)
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Tinkaroo » 11 Oct 2017 10:16

Vanni wrote:Does anybody remember PDM tapes? I knew quite a lot of people back in the 90's who used to really like their standard ferric and chrome tapes, while I thought the opposite; very average, and sometimes quite poor sounding on particular tape decks.


I haven't used them personally but I saw one image that indicated they were part of Dupont and made in Holland.

Possibly a bigger name in Europe than in other areas of the world?
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Dave78 » 09 Jul 2018 13:56

BMRR wrote:This is the bias adjustment cheat-sheet that Onkyo provided with the TA-201. Very handy. :)


Interesting .. I have a Denon deck, and of all the listed tapes on the cheat-sheet that I've recorded on, the recommended positions for the bias fine control virtually match up with where I set the dial on my deck for those tapes (which I set by performing an A/B source/tape comparison whilst recording pink noise to the tape at -20dB, Dolby off, and gradually adjusting the bias til I found the sweet spot).

I'm sure the cheat-sheet will prove a handy little starting-point reference whenever I use any other tapes listed that I haven't already used :D
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Tinkaroo » 10 Jul 2018 09:57

Recently I got this collection of Maxell MX-90 tapes including the carrying case.
There are a total of 20 MX-90 plus 3 XLII-S 90 tapes.

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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby 2112adrian » 10 Jul 2018 12:59

Over the years, I tried many different types available in the UK,

Generally I preferred TDK SA and the Maxell XL -II (loved the gold early / original ones), generally sticking to 90min ones.

Later on I did try a foray into metal ones with varying success, the best ones were recorded on my Sony TCK 71 which really got the best out of the cassette as it was manual bias eq . Also had accurate LED VU's so it was easy to get the best level onto the tape.

BASF (These used to be mechanically noisy even the CR ones), Fuji, AGFA? , were generally used for mix tapes and passing around friends.

I do remember Sony had a pretty decent range, but for me Maxell was/is king.
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Gelid » 10 Jul 2018 14:12

TDK SA90 was my go-to tape for those really good mix-tapes.

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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby Tinkaroo » 12 Jul 2018 16:14

Tinkaroo wrote:Recently I got this collection of Maxell MX-90 tapes including the carrying case.
There are a total of 20 MX-90 plus 3 XLII-S 90 tapes.

Maxell MX 90 Lot 1.jpg


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Maxell MX 90 Lot 3.jpg


I don't know if this is a bad problem, but these tapes came with some well recorded great music on them which I would have difficulty in erasing.
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Re: Your favorite blank cassette tapes

Postby ChrisfromRI » 13 Jul 2018 01:49

Anything from Maxell
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