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Old 07-26-2011, 03:22 AM
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Well, damn...

You're gonna have rabid paparazzi now.

Get a bodyguard, certainly.

Nice work.
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:35 AM
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Was it Pizzo?

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my summer home is just there, in front of a beach with an awesome sea (that at the moment is a total shit ).


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Old 07-26-2011, 04:44 AM
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Great choice, Dazen!

and a great new avatar too.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:39 AM
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Great score! Yeah be ready to get bombarded with "share the love" requests. You definitely got some good stuff there.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:38 AM
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Thanks, Matt!

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Old 07-26-2011, 05:47 PM
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Were cassettes not popular in Italy? It boggles the mind, that those tapes have been unsold all those years. Your scores as of late are just incredible.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:22 PM
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Yes, they were popular as everywhere... but, evidently, people switched to CDs quite early... and, of course, here still there isn't any "cassette return" as i am noticing in USA, UK, Germany, etc.... so these old shops are just waiting myself to get them empty.

That seller said he had those hi-quality cassettes because the radio stations wanted them... while the common people bought mainly the cheap stuff... but at a point the radio station in the zone switched to CD/MP3 or simply closed too early... so he still had some of those old goodies from the 80's.

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Old 07-26-2011, 06:33 PM
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Yes, they were popular as everywhere... but, evidently, people switched to CDs quite early... and, of course, here still there isn't any "cassette return" as i am noticing in USA, UK, Germany, etc.... so these old shops are just waiting myself to get them empty.

That seller said he had those hi-quality cassettes because the radio stations wanted them... while the common people bought mainly the cheap stuff... but at a point the radio station in the zone switched to CD/MP3 or simply closed too early... so he still had some of those old goodies from the 80's.

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Vince...you are a happy camper this week! I'm glad you found these for your collection.
Very cool.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:15 PM
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those metal es tapes are clear in the middle! even the sides! i thought the '88 tdk sa-x were the most beautiful cassettes. but those metal es cassettes are clear all the way around.

nice score. good grief.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:48 PM
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What a fine time capsule you have found.I doubt my heart is strong enough to handle finding a haul like that.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:36 PM
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You have made some amazing scores. All of my best tape scores ever put together don't even live-up to just one of your recent scores. Congratulations!
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:46 AM
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Really really beautiful find !!

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Old 07-27-2011, 02:31 AM
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Thanks!

as Mark Hugo said in another thread... never underestimate Italy.

and i add... and especially the deep south of Italy.


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Old 07-27-2011, 06:00 AM
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Hi Daren,

Interesting tidbit! You haven't met someone, have you?

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Thanks!

as Mark Hugo said in another thread... never underestimate Italy.

and i add... and especially the deep south of Italy.


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As faithful preservers of antiquity, Italians are the best hoarders of the bunch!

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Old 07-27-2011, 06:06 AM
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Hi Savvie,

Just noticed you have a Kenwood KX9050s ( as do i ).
How would you rate it with the other decks in your collection?

PS. Mine has developed a problem,it sometimes will not pay,rewind or fastforward,have you experienced this with yours?

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Old 07-27-2011, 06:41 AM
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WOW! That is truly an unbelievable score.

What really catches my attention are those Sony metals. The metal es is one of the best metal tapes ever; the 1987 vintage has a dynamic range that is 3db better than the TDK MA-X and 10db better than a Scotch XSM IV of the same vintage.
The metal XR is also a very good tape with low modulation noise, if you have a deck that can handle its low treble sensitivity.

All of the tapes you've got are hard to find, and almost impossible to find in those quantities.

Quite simply a stunning find!
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:33 AM
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Nando... similarly as Madonna said in the 80's, we could say: "Italians hoard it better"

Avisio... so you're saying those are Metal ES from 1987? checking on the vintagecassettes website they list them as from 1985, the first version of the ES... and on the back side of the shrinkwrap they compare the frequency responce against the "Metallic" and not against a previous version of the Metal ES...

anyway, reading those wonderful tape test scans (by D.S.UK) they rate the hiss level of the ES a couple of dB lower than the other metals and the MOL a slight bit higher... i link the scan here too...



in this table we have that the ES has 2.1dB more range than a MA-X or 6.1dB more range than a Scotch XSM-IV... not too bad anyway.

about the Metal XR, i did some time ago some freq.response tests with my Pioneer CT-737markII and just a Metal XR tape (and posted the results here on the forum)... and i had a substancially flat response up to 23Khz and a gentle roll-off up to ~32Khz... so i guess this deck works nicely with the Metal XR... anyway i have also a modified Technics RS-B965M to try with these metal tapes.

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Old 07-27-2011, 09:58 AM
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Hi Savvie,

Just noticed you have a Kenwood KX9050s ( as do i ).
How would you rate it with the other decks in your collection?

PS. Mine has developed a problem,it sometimes will not pay,rewind or fastforward,have you experienced this with yours?

Cheers
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Hi Les,
Well, years ago I wanted to have the topmodel of kenwood, design is great.
However, most of all the years it has been stored in the closed, and ones in a while, I get it out, to let it play for awhile, but to answer your question, it's nice but I prefer the pioneer and akai. I have 3 decks I use regularly, that is the pioneer ct-93, akai gx-95 and the aiwa xk-007.

I ones had a similar problem, it would stop in the middle of playback.
I found out, that the tapeselectorpins needed to be cleaned, because it went from chrome to normal or metal and back (on the display) in the middle of playing, and that was why it stopped all those times.
they were cleaned and never had a problem nomore.

hope that tip helps?
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Avisio... so you're saying those are Metal ES from 1987? checking on the vintagecassettes website they list them as from 1985, the first version of the ES... and on the back side of the shrinkwrap they compare the frequency responce against the "Metallic" and not against a previous version of the Metal ES...
The pictures in the test that I was referring to were really small and in B/W so it's hard to say if yours were from 1987 like the test.
I don't know if Metal-es was improved over the years, but the 1984 version was rated best in comparison with other metal tapes, so I think that whatever the vintage may be you still have a very good tape in your hands (given that the tape ages well, of which I have no experience).
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