Scotch High Energy - 1975 - EU
Scotch / 3M were pioneers in tape.
Their Reel To Reel tape was used in many a studio. Their cassettes were around from the early days too.
I bought these as collectors pieces. They 1975, Italian made, 100% Scotch. Hard to find sealed and the foam pad has probably deteriorated and the tape will be sticky.
But curiosity got the better of me...so I opened one up.
The foam pad is still there, intact. It took a full FF/RE to "loosen up", but the remarkable thing is that this tape calibrated easily, had no dropouts, didn't shed and sounded fantastic.
Probably the 1st branded "super ferric", it's unbelievable how well this 45 year old cassette performs.
PLEASE NOTE: There are minor cosmetic imperfections to the outer wrappers.
About Scotch / 3M:
Five businessmen founded 3M in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in 1902. Originally a mining venture, the goal was to mine corundum, but this failed because the mine's mineral holdings were anorthosite, which had no commercial value. Co-founder John Dwan solicited funds in exchange for stock and Edgar Ober and Lucius Ordway took over the company in 1905. The company moved to Duluth and began research and producing sandpaper products. William L. McKnight, later a key executive, joined the company in 1907, and A. G. Bush joined in 1909. 3M finally became financially stable in 1916 and was able to pay dividends.
The company began by mining stone from quarries for use in grinding wheels. Struggling with quality and marketing of its products, management supported its workers to innovate and develop new products, which became its core business. Twelve years after its inception, 3M developed its first exclusive product: Three-M-ite cloth. Other innovations in this era included masking tape, waterproof sandpaper, and Scotch brand tapes. By 1929, 3M had made its first moves toward international expansion by forming Durex to conduct business in Europe. The same year, the company's stock was first traded over the counter and in 1946 listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company is currently a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and of the S&P 500.