What Blank Tapes Did You Use?

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A decade ago, even after CD burners were ubiquitous, mixtapes were still the jam. It really mattered what kind of tapes you used. If you went cheap, it meant you didn't care about what was recorded on them. Shame on you.


Maxell UR 90 or 120 minute tapes were suitable for most applications. They were the old standard issue. You could spot them in the drug store from all the way down the aisle because of their bright red packaging. But if you really wanted to impress someone, like, say, a girl, you splurged for fancier tapes. Only Maxell XLIIs could really express love. What blank tapes were your favorite?

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Built to last. I know because they are still in my car ... which is obviously also old, since it has a tape deck: