This week, a cassette sporting a fast colour scheme:
Gurand C-60LN

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Red, gold and black

When I see these three colours combined, I immediately think of this.

gurand_miura

That’s a Lamborghini Miura, in glorious red, gold and black. Although this is not a blog about cars, I think this is relevant here. The Miura was produced from 1966 until 1973, and although searching for Gurand as a compact cassette manufacturer online returns no results, I think it’s safe to assume this tape, with these colours, is from the early to mid 70’s.

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Running on empty

The tape has not been used, and as I showed last week, it’s likely that it was never possible to use it before. After releasing the tape from being stuck for decades, playing it revealed not a single sound. It’s as maiden as the J-card.

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Hand lettering

The A and the B on each side seem to have a hand written design, which isn’t strange, considering the era.

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Making a dash for it

Gurand seems to have been undecided on the exact naming of the tape. Front and inside of the J-card mention ‘C60’.

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But on the tape itself there is more detail: C-60LN.

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LN stands for ‘Low Noise’, for cassettes that claimed less background noise, very important in times when Dolby Noise Reduction was not yet commonly available on cassette decks.

Under the bonnet

Looking inside, there is something strange going on with the floating foil.

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Why does the dark matter surround the left reel completely, but not the one on the right? Here’s the foil from the other side; the dark matter just misses the window.

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In the above picture you can see that it is a tight fit around the left reel, and it turns out it really is. The foil actually does not fit naturally within the housing.

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A calf in bull’s clothing

So, first impressions based on the colours prove me wrong: this is not a quality tape. But boy, does it look good!

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gurand_side2

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