Needless to say, whilst I tried, this did not go back together perfectly…indeed, I suspect that it won’t ever play again. Good thing it was blank.
When you removed your tape from the machine and it looked like this you knew there was trouble in Hitsville. If the cassette hadn’t already failed it was certainly on its way out…and this tends to be the issue with many analogue things that we all reminisce about…forgetting that, actually, they were a bit rubbish compared with what we have now!
The effect, if you are wondering, is cross polarization.