BASF Chrome Extra II - 1988 - US*PLEASE NOTE, THESE ARE PURE CHROME TYPE 2 CASSETTES - IF YOU HAVE A DECK CALIBRATED TO FERRO COBALT TYPE 2 (LIKE TDK SA) YOU WILL NEED TO CALIBRATE TO THESE CASSETTES TO GET THE BEST RESULTS*
Notes: This Cassette differs somewhat from the 1988 EU Version (Made in France).
(1) It does not specify where it's made. It's been left out blank.
(2) The tape pancake is on the left as opposed to the right. We all know BASF kind of always put the pancake on the right side.
(3) The tape pancake has a very smooth cut as opposed to those "Made in France".
(4) These all have a rare "Bargain Harold's*" price sticker on them. These all have light scuffing on them, or some pin-like marks on them, or the odd smallest 1mm rip.
(5) No price difference between the US and the EU versions.
(*) Bargain Harold's was a competitor of Honest Ed's in Toronto for a good number of years. Both were sort of a bargain Dollar-store type of shopping place.
Many cassettes say "Chrome POSITION", but don't use chrome tape at all.
Most of the other manufacturers didn't want to license it, so their Type II tapes are cobalt doped ferric, hence Chrome POSITION.
This tape however, is a chrome tape!
So what does that mean sonically? Well, they don't take a lot of signal, record these at no more than 0db. So that will mean that they're hissy?
Not at all, the benefit of a pure chrome tape is low hiss and brilliant reproduction, even at lower recording levels.
Many decks that you can't manually adjust the recording level and bias on don't like these tapes, as they've been set up to use the likes of the TDK SA.
But if you can, and you take the time to calibrate the deck to use these tapes, you'll find they're one of the best ever made. We love them.
Made in Germany or France (as shown on the back)
BASF SE is a German chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. Its headquarters is located in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has customers in over 190 countries and supplies products to a wide variety of industries. Despite its size and global presence, BASF has received relatively little public attention since it abandoned manufacturing and selling BASF-branded consumer electronics products in the 1990s.
At the end of 2015, the company employed more than 122,000 people, with over 52,800 in Germany alone. In 2015, BASF posted sales of €70.4 billion and income from operations before special items of about €6.7 billion. The company is currently expanding its international activities with a particular focus on Asia. Between 1990 and 2005, the company invested €5.6 billion in Asia, for example in sites near Nanjing and Shanghai, China and Mangalore in India.
BASF is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, and Zurich Stock Exchange. The company delisted its ADR from the New York Stock Exchange in September 2007. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.
BASF Chrome Extra II - 1988 - EU - Made in France