This week, a cassette that you can use around the world.
Apparently it wasn’t easy to get these stickers positioned correctly in the early days (side 2 is even worse).
So, the “ITN International Cassette”. Google that and find nothing. Well, nothing relevant – other than Ebay results and pictures of the cassette featured here. That’s a rather special feat, in this day and age.
There are of course a few companies named ITN, but they all seem unrelated here.
That said, there is a similarity between this cassette’s design and the offerings from BASF from the same period. The logo and bold numbers on the inlay-card are very much reminiscent of BASF.
The same goes for the cassette itself. I don’t own the right one yet, but this is it. Apart from different lenghts of this type, it seems ITN has not produced any other cassettes.
Tab or no tab
On the top side of a new blank cassette you will always find the write protect tabs. You can push these downward, and they’ll break. From then on, you will not be able to record on the cassette (unless you bring out some sticky tape).
On this cassette there’s a nice arrow to help you along when going for write protection. The arrow is of course on the side of the cassette that will be protected against recording.
In the above picture you can also see that the cassette has a surface pattern all around, which makes it easier to hold on to than most other tapes.
Please don’t touch
The inlay-card has some helpful tips.
Heat, humidity and magnetic fields were indeed forces to be reckoned with. Still, trying to record on the tape recently, fresh from the seal, was a big disappointment. I don’t know if it always was really bad, or that it has gone bad, but this one is for the archive only.