SONY EF-X - 1995 - US
This had very dark tape for a Type 1. Seems there's cobalt doping going on here, and the fact they can happily be recorded at +4 without distortion seems to back that up.
It's a well made, well performing Type I from Sony. Us only so uncommon in the EU.
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