Maxell UR - 2020 - JP
THESE ARE BRAND NEW, BUT COME OUT OF MULTI-PACKS, SO AREN'T INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED.
YOU WANT WRAPPED OR MORE THAN 1? YOU'LL HAVE TO BUY A PACK OF 5...
Welly, welly, well...what do we have here?
Supposedly Panggung, who were making the last generation UR for Maxell, had run out of tape. They're disappearing off the shelves in the west...but then Maxell Japan announces these on their website.
Are they brand new? Did Panggung find some more NOS pancakes?
I don't really know, but since I'm not deemed worthy of a response to any of my emails to Maxell Japan (just like every other Japanese company I've contacted) these are probably going to be your only chance to get one to try out.
From testing, they have a milk chocolate coloured tape, that is shiny as well as nice and even. They record well too. Here's hoping this is from a good, new, production.
And yes, even thought they're very expensive for a UR, these are being sold at cost price. The Yen is strong, and the shipping isn't cheap, but you know I like to get some in for you guys to try.
Maxell was formed in 1960, when a dry cell manufacturing plant was created at the company's headquarters in Ibaraki, Osaka. In 1961, Maxell Electric Industrial Company, Limited was created out of the dry battery and magnetic tape divisions of Nitto Electric Industrial Company, Limited (now Nitto Denko Corporation).
The company's notable products are batteries—the company's name is a contraction of "maximum capacity dry cell"—wireless charging solutions, storage devices, computer tapes, professional broadcast tapes and functional materials. In the past, the company manufactured recording media, including audio cassettes and blank VHS tapes, and recordable optical discs including CD-R/RW and DVD±RW.
On March 4, 2008, Maxell announced that they would outsource the manufacturing of their optical media.
During the height of the Compact Audio Cassette's popularity, Maxell's audio cassettes were held in high regard, producing some of the finest examples of the standard available. The performance of the XLII-S (CrO2) and MX (pure metal particles) cassettes was regarded by many audiophiles to be the ultimate achievement in the pre digital domestic recording medium.
In the 1980s, Maxell became an icon of pop culture when it produced advertisements popularly known as "Blown Away Guy" for its line of audio cassettes. The original campaign conceived by Art Director Lars Anderson began as a two-page spread in Rolling Stone Magazine ad in 1980, and was made into television spots in 1981 which ran throughout the 1980s.
Maxell audio cassettes are available in 46, 60, 90, 100, 120 and 150 minute lengths.