Polaroid - Type II Super High Bias - C90M
Just like 2013 issue, we suspect this is BASF Super Chrome tape, probably from the NAC inventory, much like Audio Pro Line of tapes NAC produced. If anyone has different info on this, please step up and let's have this info corrected. Light scent of "crayons". By the way, this is very dark, very shiny and very smooth tape. Brilliant!
*PLEASE NOTE* - Brand new but NOT sealed. Quite possibly rarer than 2013 issue. These came wrapped in a package of 10, but not individually sealed. I will be sealing them to protect them from unnecessary handling of the inside J-card, labels and the cassette itself. as well as from the elements, i.e. "dust", etc. Only one tape was handled for the purpose of taking pictures. The 2013 run seems to enjoy a better "quality" reputation than this 2010 run, but the tape is from the same last same BASF pancake reels.
DuPont developed the first Chromium Dioxide "Chrome" tape and patented the technology.
Most of the other manufacturers didn't want to licence it, so their Type II tapes are cobalt doped ferric, hence Chrome POSITION.
Now, pure chrome tapes didn't perform well in a lot of Japanese decks, especially those without level and bias adjustments. These decks were usually calibrated to a Japanese tape like the TDK SA.
So, late on, BASF changed their formulation to be comparable to Japanese Type II. Hence these are not pure chromes like the earlier BASF Type II (you can tell by smelling the tape, if it smells like wax crayons, it's a pure chrome) but it means they perform well in most decks. Actually, these are among our favourite Type IIs, they're very good and still have SOME chrome in the formulation.
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.