This week a cassette from Japan that most people don’t know:
Nagaoka Pure-II 46

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Not the city

Nagaoka is a city in Japan, but the short profile of the current company does not give away much on its heritage. Well, at least we learn they have been around since 1940, so in time for the compact cassette. For the audio enthusiast however, production nowadays is limited to cartridges for turntables.

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Copycat

The texture on the housing makes you think of a classic tape from Japan.

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You could even argue that the strip below the reels is very TDK-ish.

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Quality check

But does it live up to the standards set by TDK? I guess not, if you check on some of the details. For instance, the leader tape is a semi-detached affair, there is a slight gap between the actual tape and the attached leader tape.

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Makes me want to see the insides.

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Nothing special, but that clean roll-up is after letting the tape hiss for 23 minutes (there’s nothing on it). So that’s good, considering the not-too-fancy flat foil that is used here.

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More pixels

There is no information to be found about this tape (at least not by me, searching in English). Must have been big in Japan, though.
I feel obliged to post as many pictures as possible here, so enjoy the scroll.

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