This week a cassette that manages to keep its boyish looks:
Maxell UD XL II C90

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The full package

This classic turns up here in its most beautiful package. But let’s open her up gently… Before opening the box you already notice that there is something unusual lurking inside.

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You see it correctly: those reels are baby blue.

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U-card

Instead of the more traditional J-card, this cassette features a U-card, and one with a rectangular opening, to show off the cassette design.

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The paper from this early 80’s cassette tends to yellow a bit, even on this opened, but unused specimen. Under the ‘Yes / No’ you might have spotted some embossed text.

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Turns out to be H10944.

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Leader tape extravaganza

Every Maxell tape I have ever seen, has a special leader tape. According to Maxell it’s even unique with its four functions. They usually explain it on an extra fold-out of the J-card or on the back of the stickers, as is the case here.

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On these points:

  1. I would hope so!
  2. Not really useful, is it?
  3. Same as 2.
  4. I always skip the first 15 seconds (including the leader tape), because the first seconds are a higher risk for drop-outs. I don’t know why this is, but I learned the hard way. Also, this allows for turning up the recording volume gradually. So, a 5 second warning doesn’t seem to have much use either.

Still… LOOKS GREAT!

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The tech stuff

I used to skip this, trusting my ears, and I don’t feel much different about it now.

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Don’t stop me now

There’s still plenty to be seen. Best for last!

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