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Old 08-12-2017, 08:16 PM
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Ampex Tapes ~ Does Anyone Have Any Information About These?

I have a couple of these tapes and I like the paper labels and clamshell cases. These seem to be all older pressings of cassettes.

Where these the first tapes to be pressed by the major record labels? They seem to be hard to find.

Any information would be great. Thanks
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:02 PM
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I hit Discogs and it's indeed a very early pre-recorded cassette from probably 1970, or '71 and I thought as much just from looking at the plastic case, it's an early Ampex box as many companies did use what is known as a soft plastic case instead of the more traditional Norelco/Phillips case that is much more commonly used. While the tape stock was by Ampex, the label was Atlantic.

To do this, I got the catalog number, in this case, M 51555 and typed in the title of album shown in the search bar in Discogs, in this case, the Best of Charles Mingus, which was released in 1970 it looks like and the tape was probably released around the same time and clicked on the hit that listed all variations (so far up to 1972 or so), both international and local pressings and one listing for the cassette with a year release date being unknown so my guess is what, 1970-1971 or so?

Either way, looks like it could be a fun listen, and it'll likely be a type 1 and don't expect stellar sound quality necessarily as this was still in the early days of cassette and it's maturity into full fidelity was still a few years off, but stereo decks were being offered for sale at the time of the tape's release and you'd have to go to 1979-80 to get to the better sounding decks/tapes for sure.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:03 PM
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Thanks for the information. I wonder how long they were produced for.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:42 PM
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I just checked my pre-records and I have a couple; Zeppelin IV & JT, This Was.
They got played a lot in my under-dash Ampex car deck I put in the Subaru 360.
I'll half to give them a play and see how they sound now. The Zepp is Dolby B encoded but not the JT.

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Old 09-09-2017, 06:46 AM
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Atlantic Records, Warner Brothers/Reprise Records (who Chrysalis Records was a sister label in the USA) had their cassettes and 8 track tapes duplicated by Ampex until 1975, when Warner Brothers began manufacturing their own tapes.
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