This was a pretty rare cassette in our collection. We just didn’t buy many of them, but it seemed that there was a bit of a “craze” at one stage to offer E-150 cassettes labelled as TV. I’m not sure exactly why the 2.5 hour length was considered appropriate for TV, but they were often said to be ideal for recording a movie off TV.
In light of that, why not just use an E-180 and have some blank tape spooled at the end?
The cassette itself has a very traditional, horizontally ribbed shell, which is a characteristic of TDK, along with the golden foil print on the flap. As an “older” original Made in Japan TDK, the hub clip is red – the newer ones have changed to a grey/white colour instead.
Noticeably, as a slight departure from what has been common for many other cassettes, the clear plastic hub plate does not feature any cut-out above the hub clip. This can make unclipping and re-clipping tape to the hub a little more challenging.
As part of the tradition of older TDK cassettes being a little different, notice how two screw positions (top left, top right) are different on this TDK shell as compared to the others? That’s TDK!
And here’s the spine – manufacturer code printed in light grey/blue ink. The label features a dotted grid, a TDK staple, and I had to do some work to “clone out” all of the text (hence the blotching). It’s more aesthetically pleasing this way.