This week, a star that goes edgy:
GoldStar HP90

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Lucky

I heard of this manufacturer of cassettes but felt lucky to come across one.  GoldStar, or GS for short, was a South Korean electronics company established in 1958. The corporate name was changed to LG Electronics and LG Cable on February 28, 1995, after merging with Lucky Chemical. But there must have been some kind of joint venture way before 1995, because cassettes have been released under the name of ‘Lucky-GoldStar’.

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Isn’t a star a shape with some pointy bits?

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The logo seems to have been starless from the beginning, though.

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The insides

When a tape hides its parts like this, surgery is needed. This tape proves the need for this, as some nice reels appear after removing the five screws.

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A real shame to hide those, so allow me to zoom in.

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But let’s zoom out as well.

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Some nice details here. Check out that slashed leader tape. Thirteen slashes to be precise.

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As good as new

The cassette has been used for recording about 5 minutes of trying to digitally remix some Dire Straits song,  with a lot of slowing down, speeding up and whacky A-B repeats. Does sound really crispy.

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So, in the end a good tape to reuse, even if it’s not in its original box.

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