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Old 04-17-2012, 06:09 AM
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The infamous F.I.S.T. cassette

Apparently, the infamous F.I.S.T. (Ferro Iron Super Tape) cassette were marketed as "The Ultimate Ferro Iron Super Tape for recording Heavy Metal and Hard Rock only". and as having "revolutionized taping in this field". OK....

Never tried one myself, but from that frequency response graph they must have had grossly saturated midranges. No idea how they would sound with anything other than Heavy Metal/Hard Rock, but I guess pretty bad, and the noise levels must have been astronomical

Info and pics shamelessly ripped from the Greek retromaniax forum (link).

Edit: added some clearer pics salvaged from this blog, which however has serious access problems (latest -and only- waybackmachine link).
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:53 AM
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Seems a natural for recording Manowar .
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:07 PM
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Well, the very least a cassette that pimps itself as so ULTIMATELY FERROUS AND METALLIC AND CHOKE-FULL OF IRON must give the listener a psychological advantage, the very least. Because, well, how can you beat recording Manowar on SUPER IRON vs some wimpy "cobalt doped ferric"?

Incidentually, the guys on the Greek retromaniax forum mention that a sample of this cassette was given for free with an issue of the "Metal Hammer" magazine in the early 90s...

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Old 04-17-2012, 05:12 PM
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I have never heard of those before,where were they marketed ?
Seems like a natural to dump some Metallica on .
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:22 PM
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Well, certainly in Greece...and judging by the languages on the box, in France and Belgium/the Netherlands too. The pics however, even if pretty clear, show that neither the box nor the tape has any more information e.g. like the country of origin

The design of the shell and the casing however looks more (early) 80s, than 90s...the only indication as to the manufacturer might lie in that "H.M. 1" name.

I just might have a few under my nose.....next time I'll visit the local thrifts, I'll take a look at the home-recorded tapes they have for sale. One of them just might be a FIST...

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:03 PM
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I would like to own that tape, sure would be nice to record some classic metal on those hubs

I think that the HM1 designation is playing on the "Heavy Metal" name as an abbreviation. The shell looks a little like a late 80's Fuji
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never seen one but i can understand the marketing, fist pumping headbangers playing loud music on crappy radios.
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How about Compact Recording And Playback. I feel this tape would offer that by the load. I'd buy it just to record the Captain and Tennille.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:44 PM
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How about Compact Recording And Playback. I feel this tape would offer that by the load. I'd buy it just to record the Captain and Tennille.
muskrat love? the one with the little weird chirping noises?
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