This past weekend I digitized a handful of cassettes and wondered if there was an easy way to establish a "not earlier than" date for a cassette/packaging by its physical appearance. It would be a pretty coarse measure since cassette types tended to stay on the market for a period of years and could be used or reused decades later but setting up a reference database still sounds like a useful exercise. But why limit it to just cassettes? There are thousands of variations of reel to reel tape floating around as well. Sounds like an ARSC project.
Jay Bruder

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Resources for dating audio cassettes

Is there a trusted source for dating audio cassettes that is commonly used? I’m a novice going through my own collection of live and rehearsal tapes. I’d like to get a general sense of the age of the commercially available blank cassettes (most are Maxell and TDK tapes). Listening through the audio will likely help me pinpoint things further. Thanks for any advice in advance.

Kyle Barnett

Kyle S. Barnett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Media Studies
Graduate Programs Chair
Department of Communication

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