BASF ferrochrome III - 1981
The FeCr formulations were the cassette industry's answer to Type I's treble and Type II's bass problems. A dual layer of ferro on one side and chrome on the other, before being applied onto the tape's plastic base layer produced a well balanced formulation ready to produce great results across all frequencies.
Why did the industry also stopped producing these? Economics was one reason, as the process of manufacturing a double layered tape was more expensive than their newly developed Type IV metal particle formulations, as well as Type II's new formulations with cobalt doped particles. Suddenly, there was no need for a Type III, and production stopped.
NOTE: Watch Tony Villa's video for a good review and testing of a famous and iconic Sony FeCr casseette and a very popular BASF ferrochrome III tape.
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