Memorex High Bias - 1979 - US
Memorex cassettes have been around a long time.
These look so iconic and have those fabulous, unique cases. Much nicer than the standard ones.
These are utterly iconic cassettes. Quite Rare!
A bit of a story on a lot of 10 of these tapes that I bought. They were sold to me as being perfectly new! Perfectly wrapped and looking like a million bucks! However, when they made into Canada, the Canadian Customs Border agents and their infinite wisdom destroyed two of the tapes into oblivion and opened three others, among other different tapes, almost 20. They're intact, but they're unsealed now. I've got five (5) completely sealed and three (3) others that have been opened. The fact they were opened allowed me to verify a couple of other things. There are two different looks to these tapes, but I can't tell which ones they are inside the sealed wrapper. The other thing is that the felt pads on all of the opened ones had come off. Repairable, but I'd imagine the sealed ones are the same. On one of the tapes the leader had detached itself from the magnetic tape. I repaired this one, but this is not an easy repair as the tape is welded (no screws!). The labels show their age at least in the white sections.
These are rare but are not immediately ready for use. You will have to do some handy work to get to use them. Being sold "as is", mostly for their nostalgic and collectible value.
These are the perils of buying tapes from certain people, some who have no interest in being fully upfront and honest as to the condition of what they sell, while some of them think they are smarter than the rest of us.
Established in 1961 in Silicon Valley, Memorex started by selling computer tapes, then added other media such as disk packs. The company then expanded into disk drives and other peripheral equipment for IBM mainframes. During the 1970s and into the early 1980s Memorex was worldwide one of the largest independent suppliers of disk drives and communications controllers to users of IBM-compatible mainframes, as well as media for computer uses and consumers.
Memorex entered the consumer media business in 1971 and started the ad campaign, first with its "shattering glass" advertisements and then with a series of famous television commercials featuring Ella Fitzgerald. In the commercials she would sing a note that shattered a glass while being recorded to a Memorex audio cassette. The tape was played back and the recording also broke the glass, asking "Is it live, or is it Memorex?" This would become the company slogan which was used in a series of advertisements released through 1970s and 1980s.
Over time the Memorex consumer brand has been owned by Tandy, Handy Holdings, Imation and as of 2016 Digital Products International (DPI). Today, Memorex is a brand for consumer electronics and accessories such as portable audio players, iPod accessories, flat panel TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, flash drives, CDs and DVDs.
Memorex High Bias - 1979 - US