TDK SA - 1975 - US

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TDK SA - 1975 - US

One of TDKs most loved cassettes. Their first generation of Super Avilyn cassettes. They still look and sound fantastic, even after nearly 50 years.

This model, is both gorgeous to look at and performs so well.

Priced as a collectors piece, it really is a cassette that you could use for a special recording. 

NOTE: Although the cassettes are new and sealed, the wrapper is brittle and yet they have exceptionally minor blemishes, which is rather astonishing. Some of these rips (splits) have been repaired with very clear adhesive tape to help maintain the integrity of the total wrapper and prolong its life in its original state. SUPER RARE. These 2 tapes are slightly higher priced for the rarity of having the "JAFCO Stores" price sticker on them. These will NEVER be seen again. They have only survived in this condition a mere 47~49 years...
About JAFCO: "JAFCO, was a multimillion-dollar chain of American catalog show-room retail stores founded by Sidney Z. Jaffe in 1957. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the company sold a wide variety of items from stereo to photographic equipment" From Wikipedia. Only 2 available. 

About TDK:

TDK was founded in Tokyo, Japan, on 7 December 1935 to manufacture the iron-based magnetic material ferrite, which had been recently invented by Yogoro Kato and Takeshi Takei.[3] In 1952 and 1957 they began production of magnetic tapes, with compact cassette tapes following in 1966; it is for these that the company is most widely noted. TDK used to manufacture an extensive portfolio of magnetic and optical media, including several formats of videotape and blank CD-R and recordable DVD discs until the recording business was sold to Imation in 2007.

Operations in the USA began in 1965 with a New York City office,[4] and European operations began in 1970 with an office in FrankfurtWest Germany.[5]

Since 1997 TDK has gradually withdrawn from the production of compact cassettes. First with the MA-X and AR ("Acoustic Response"), then the AD ("Acoustic Dynamic") and SA-X line in 2001 and 2002 respectively, then the MA ("Metal Alloy") line in 2004. The SA ("Super Avilyn") and D ("Dynamic") lines were withdrawn in 2012 under Imation ownership. Industry trends see the company moving into new forms of media; in 2004 TDK was the first media manufacturer to join the companies developing BD post-DVD technology.[4] TDK operated a semiconductor division in California for about a decade, but divested it in 2005.

In late 2007, Imation acquired TDK's recording business, including flash media, optical media, magnetic tape, and accessories, for $300 million.[6][7] This also included a license to use the "TDK Life on Record" brand on data storage and audio products[8] for 25 years.[6] In September 2015, Imation announced that it had agreed to relinquish this license[9] and would cease selling TDK-branded products by the end of the year.[10]

TDK SA - 1975 - US