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Old 19th September 2019
Gear Head

Originally Posted by Rob Coates View Post
That's very interesting. Never heard of the Elcaset. Seems like it was a doomed idea from the start. However, I've always thought that if someone made a standard cassette deck that would use chrome tape and run at 7 1/2 ips, that would have been very useful in the studio. A sixty minute cassette tape would only be good for 15 minutes of audio running at 7 and 1/2 but with chrome tape capability, it would far exceed a reel to reel running at 7 1/2 ips.
I think the Elcasete would have been (and still would be) a great format for a Portastudio-type recorder - 1/4" tape instead of cassette tape!

And it would be even better at 7 1/2 ips.

In that case it would be essentially a Tascam 388.

By the way...the RCA Victor Tape Cartridge was pretty much the same thing as the Elcaset but introduced in 1950, 26 years before the Elcaset.

I listened to some YT videos of the RCA Victor...thought it sounded really good.

Like you said..a 7 1/2 ips chrome cassette recorder would be nice too