Avocado Memories: Photos of long-forgotten blank cassettes

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Clark V Kauffman, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    There's something about the blank compact cassette. Whenever I see one, I'm transported back in time. From the lowly department-store brands destined for shoe-box recorders of the early 1970s, to the high-fidelity Maxell and Denon tapes that in the late 1970s were aimed at audiophiles with their Nakamichi tape decks, the evolution of the blank cassette followed the trajectory of my own life and appreciation for music.

    For me, at age 12, home recording began with a Mayfair portable tape recorder and a stack of Certron C-60s. It was all a kid ever needed...

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  2. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    After Certrons, I graduated to Scotch Highlanders in translucent shell ...

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  3. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    ... And then it was on to Scotch Low Noise tapes:

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  4. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I thought I was pretty hi-fi when I made the jump to Memorex. I loved the cases, but hated the grey labels that you couldn't write on...

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  5. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    After a few years, Memorex revised the label to include a section for writing that actually held ink...

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  6. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV

    It's not blank, but I have one it of these with a lot of audio diary stuff on from the late 70's. Still plays, but I tempting fate by not transferring to digital.

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  7. Cokelike-

    Cokelike- Active Member

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    Wow, 180! Great posts here, keep going! :righton:
     
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  8. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    After trying Memorex, I dabbled with Radio Shack Supertape. Good tape quality, but lousy transport innards. Tapes got eaten a lot....

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  9. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Maxells were my exclusive tape (almost) once I discovered their quality...

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  10. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I bought a few TDK Professional tapes because of the unique lengths -- 10 minutes, 20 minutes, etc. They were excellent.

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  11. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    It was around this time that Memorex saw its market share slipping away. I did continue to buy Memorex tapes, especially when they were half price, but I felt like I was slumming...

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  12. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Uh Huh

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    This is the later version. Earlier models were solid black

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  13. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Oh, yeah, I remember the solid-black ones. Three for a buck, I think. Made from asphalt scrapings off the Long Island Expressway, no doubt.
    But, again, as a kid, you didn't care too much.
     
  14. jricc

    jricc Forum Resident

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    Great thread Clark V Kauffman!
    Cool pix everyone!
     
  15. Clark V Kauffman

    Clark V Kauffman Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    That's a C-180??? They made a 180-minute cassette tape??
     
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  16. Bart

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    I for some reason thought these would be good, for a while. They were cheap, certainly.
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  17. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Uh Huh

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    I recorded the FM simulcast of Wings Rockshow on two K-mart tapes. I still have them, wonder how they sound.
     
  18. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

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    I used to use the 120s for recording radio shows which I'd tape at weekends and listen to in the car during the week. Charlie Gillett and Andy Kershaw...and a reasonable week would see the show end just as I was on the way home on Friday.
     
  19. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

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    Back in the '80s, my brother and I mainly used TDK 60- and 90-minute cassettes that looked like these:

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  20. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV

    From Wiki:
     
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  21. Blastproof

    Blastproof Forum Resident

    What a great thread! The memories....
     
  22. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

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    BTW for anyone who used cassettes, a sharp reaction time and a pencil were vital - the reaction for leaping up to switch off the player when the tape stopped as it had got mangled inside...and the pencil for winding the tape back into the cassette. The number of times that happened...
     
  23. hornsz

    hornsz Active Member

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    Holy Hat Batman....I think I used all of these at some point. It brought a big smile to see the pictures of the shells. Have not seen these in many years.
     
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