POLL: Were you a Maxell guy/gal? TDK, maybe?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by E5RSY, Apr 9, 2020.

Your go-to cassette brand was...

  1. Maxell

    61 vote(s)
    43.0%
  2. TDK

    61 vote(s)
    43.0%
  3. Sony

    4 vote(s)
    2.8%
  4. Philips

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Fuji

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Memorex

    6 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. Scotch

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. BASF

    7 vote(s)
    4.9%
  9. Other

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  1. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    I probably could've capsized a small ship with the number of Maxell 90-minute tapes I bought back then. Also liked the Sony stuff when it came out, with a few TDKs thrown in here and there when a Maxell couldn't be had.
     
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  2. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Yep, I used Maxell the most, followed by TDK & Sony. Man that seems like a lifetime ago. I’m getting old. :eek:
     
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  3. Dennyf

    Dennyf Tele-Afflicted

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    TDK mostly, but not by much over Maxell. Still have boxes and boxes of cassettes. We are talkin' cassettes, right?
     
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  4. MisterZ

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    BASF preferred, but I'd buy the Radio Shack 90-minute tapes if necessary.
     
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    tdk here, but open reel tape rather than cassette.
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I’m a Maxell guy, too!
    I sold a ton of it at my day job.
    I used 90 and 120 minute tapes until I realized the longer duration cassettes used thinner tape.
    They were more prone to getting “eaten”, so I switched to 60s, almost always the XLs.
    They sounded great, to me.
    I recorded live concerts all the time with cassettes, too.
    Great days!
     
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  7. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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  8. trev333

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    all of them probably...:rolleyes::D

    C90's, an album a side..... mostly..
     
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    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    Whichever the gold label ones were. But in a pinch I just looked for any high bias that was available.
     
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    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    TDK. I used most of the ones on your list at some time or another, but I remember having tons of albums on TDK cassettes. Thanks for triggering a good memory.
     
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  11. Obsessed

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    I was a Maxell guy all the way. There were different grades, so it depended on how much money I was making while mowing lawns, bus boy, scooping ice cream, gas station attendant, growing crystals or early on in my career.

    BTW, I went kicking and hollering while making the jump to CDs very late in the game.
     
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  13. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have boxes and boxes, mostly Maxcell. I bought them by the case, maybe 36 at a time. I got a tape to MP3 machine a few years ago, but found it tedious to do transfers and haven't done any for a long while. I don't miss them, they were bulky, easily damaged, and had all kinds of audio drawbacks like wow and flutter, speed regulation, hiss, etc.
     
  14. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    My first choice was their High Bias XL-II. I never used their C-series tapes (normal bias?).
     
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  15. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    There is still a TDK office building in Cedar Park, TX near where I live. Not exactly sure what they do in there.
     
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    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    UDXLII

    (Maxell)

    or TDK

    Still have some in unopened wrappers.
     
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    was tdk...but i dont know why
     
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    So somewhere around 1968 My friend Mikey, (knew him since we were 5 years old) decided to go reel to reel. He was totally into it and he used a Bell and Howell system and Ampex tapes. He mastered this type of recording in no time and other than the fact he had to borrow everyone else's albums it was awesome. He also recorded off the radio. I had one or two TDK tapes and he would keep rewriting stuff on them. I had a Clarion cassette player/radio in my Roadrunner. I would play those 2 tapes forever and then go back and get more. Other than those two tapes I really never tried to record anything but voice.
     
  19. Gardo

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    I’ve used all of them from time to time and couldn’t remember what I favored.
    So I unpacked some to take a look, and the winner is Maxell.
    In the 8 track days it was BASF
     
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  20. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    I used all kinds, but the TDK SA90 was my tape of choice. I went with Sony for a year or two when they were what was available, but I switched back to TDK until the end of the cassette era. I found about four unopened SA100s when I was cleaning the other day, probably should have put them on eBay when all the hipsters were discovering the joys of the cassette era a few years ago.

    For open reel tape it was Ampex 456 until Ampex bit the dust, then BASF 911 until i stopped working on tape.
     
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