Maxell XLII-S - 1985 - US

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Maxell XLII-S - 1985 - US

Widely accepted as the most beautiful line of the Maxell brand. 

A unique Gold foil label that is unequalled by any standards with Maxell's own typical well built shell. Those days... mid 80's, all top cassette companies competed to produce the best possible quality. Their aim was to beat their competition by achieving the best quality in everything... the tape, the shell, the label design, the wrapper, even the box had to be pretty... then a dark cloud came, covered with flying disks (CDs) and it all went to... well, you know where! 

These are difficult tapes to adjust and calibrate. Apparently you need to put positive bias on these cassettes to get the best out of them, but that also means you get the bass.

If there is a cassette considered a true classic... this is one of them. 

October 17, 2021: Only 6 available. Only a maximum of 2 offered at a time, but not always.
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Note: Recently I got about 20 of these tapes, 10 of which were open, but never used (I know, famous last words, but I have already sold ten (10) 1988 Maxell XLII-S cassettes under these exact same conditions before and everyone was very happy with them).
I have inspected these as well. All J-cards and sticker labels are intact (never used), plastic cases are super clean and scratch-free, the tape is reeled perfectly smooth like any original tape. They 100% new-never-used cassettes. For whatever reason, the original owner removed the wrappers, probably in anticipation of recording on them, but then ended up not doing it... I have found the exact reason! The previous owner of these tapes, a fellow from Manitoba, opened them to remove the Maxell "Bonus" seal that granted Canadians back in the day, some rewards and gifts. This why you will see that the J-card extension has been removed! Mystery solved! The important part of the J-card is new, intact and comes with each tape.
You may opt to buy a sealed one for more money to collect and keep it sealed for a while (or forever) and you may opt to buy one of these for less money to record on, as they are already open. I tested them all for 30 seconds and no recording on all of them. I will be re-wrapping them with professional hi-grade, 75 gauge PVC shrink clear film. This is to keep the tape inside and all the other items inside the case free from any foreign elements (dust mainly), including normal handling as well keeping it safer when shipping. These will be offered here on this page and not as a lower grade cassette, but will be priced lower.
October 17, 2021: Only 8 available and a maximum of 2 will be offered at any one time.

Also look at the Maxell B-Grade cassettes. There are 3 sealed of these tapes with minor wrapper imperfections selling at $19.99 each!
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About Maxell:

Maxell Holdings, Ltd. (日立マクセル株式会社 Hitachi Makuseru Kabushiki-gaisha), commonly known as Maxell, is a Japanese company that manufactures consumer electronics.

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).

On March 18, 2014 the company was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.[7]

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.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[10]

Maxell audio cassettes are available in 46, 60, 90, 100, 120 and 150 minute lengths.

Maxell XLII-S - 1985 - US