This week another Dutch cassette sporting its home colour:
Aristona C90 Low-Noise Studio Quality
Over me, not over me
Aristona, like Erres, was a well-known brand in The Netherlands. But in fact it was Philips in disguise at a slightly friendlier price.
A lot of the commonly known Philips cassettes were also sold as Aristona. Some are almost similar to the Philips originals, and some – like this one – have their own look.
Like men did back then, my father bought a colour television for the 1978 World Cup Football in Argentina. It was an Aristona, with a chunky remote control.
The logo on the television was this one. Heavily modernised! So it’s safe to assume that this cassette dates at least from before 1978, more likely very early 70’s.
Considering all this, it’s no surprise that it’s made in Holland.
I’ve got my spine
The J-card looks good on both sides.
On the back of the box there’s the almost standard mention of 2 x 45 = 90 minutes.
The blue leader tape is a surprise, as Philips often used red, also on orange cassettes.
Very light brown ferro coating on the tape itself, as is usual for the period.
Another surprise: the size of the pressure pad! Never seen one this big before.
I will feature ugly tapes in the near future, but this… perfect!