Ah, Philips, pride of The Netherlands, in the 70’s and 80’s.

Although this one proudly states being produced in the vaderland, a lot of the early Philips compact cassettes were produced in other countries, like Austria and Belgium.

Red

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There is a lot of red here, even down to the leader tape.

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Philips, with one ‘l’.

Surely unintentional, but the screws used are not Phillips screws.

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Not an even split

When you look at the cassette body in detail, you can see that the two halves of the cassette body do not meet exactly in the middle.

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This is actually a well thought out design feature, as the chances of getting the tape caught between the two halves are reduced. Although this may seem a hypothetical bonus, I’ve seen such an entrapment in the past.

Puzzled by this, I wondered if this is a feature that raises production costs, because the two halves of the cassette body are different now. But of course that has been the case forever, because of the screws.

In any case, most types of Philips cassettes I own, have this feature. It’s just the really early ones that do not have this.
When you look at different makes of cassettes from the same period (late 70s?), you often find this as well, but the newer the tape, the smaller the chance to see this.

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Noise

With cassettes comes hiss, or noise. To improve your recording, you need to reduce this. A noise reduction system (most often by Dolby) helps, and it is useful to know whether or not you recorded the tape with noise reduction enabled. So it’s something you can put on the inlay card and the tape. Or on the tape itself.

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To eviter el bandtrassel

A nice bonus with this cassette is a short language course. From top to bottom: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish and finally – of course – Dutch.

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Funny enough, the message is not the same in all languages. The Dutch line translates to “The optimal tape transport system”, and the German text goes even further, getting all techie about the floating foil security.

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