TDK MA-XG (early 90s) - ridiculously overengineered compact cassette


6 comments so far...

striatic December 14, 2009, 08:27 AM
ridiculously overengineered, true, but also ridiculously awesome.
Martina Weber December 14, 2009, 05:37 PM
with tears in my eyes....I remember good old times!
GustavoG December 14, 2009, 07:57 PM
The joys and the griefs...
striatic December 15, 2009, 10:08 AM
i grew up in a weird hybrid time where the standard practice was to make mix tapes from CDs.

seems like this tape is of a similar vintage.

Martina Weber December 15, 2009, 10:12 AM
I grew up at a time, where we used to record radio stations with mikrophones on tape!!! must have been a hundred years ago!
striatic December 15, 2009, 10:19 AM
actually, that might be the market this kind of tape was geared at.

more studios, even independent ones, would be using at least DAT or 4 Track for mastering. i guess there would have been a small professional market using these overengineered cassettes to dub from a DAT master and pass around for preview listening.

but i'm guessing most were probably sold to kids making their own mix tape masters. make your initial mix onto one of these, and then make a few copies for your friends from it. probably onto cheaper tapes.

@MartinaWeber i had some friends who were experts at recording off the radio, but by that time the casette recorders were built right into the radios, so no need for a microphone : ]

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