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sculptural cherry wood guitar stand by martellwoodworks

when does an instrument stand become more than a stand? when it’s handcrafted and carved from solid cherry wood into a gorgeous, smooth, fluid work of art by martellwoodworks, that’s when! also available in walnut and maple.


Hitachi Maxell, Ltd., commonly known as Maxell, is a Japanese company that manufactures consumer electronics.

The company’s notable products are batteries - the company’s name is a contraction of “maximum capacity dry cell” - wireless charging solutions, storage devices, computer tapes, professional broadcast tapes and functional materials.

In the past the company manufactured recording media, including audio cassettes and blank VHS tapes, and recordable optical discs like CD-R/RW and DVD±RW.

Maxell was formed in 1960 when a dry-cell manufacturing plant was created at the company’s headquarters in Ibaraki, Osaka. In 1961, Maxell Electric Industrial Company, Limited was created out of the dry battery and magnetic tape divisions of Nitto Electric Industrial Company, Limited (now Nitto Denko Corporation).

Maxell also produced floppy disks in the unusual 3" format, which came to be used in computers such as the Amstrad CPC line. Compared to 3.5" floppies, they are thicker and the metal cover protecting the disk is inside the plastic casing, not outside. Typical data carrying capacity was about 180 kB on each side.

Apart from Amstrad’s other 3" machines (the PCW and the ZX Spectrum +3), the few other computer systems to use these disks included the Sega SF-7000 and CP/M systems such as the Tatung Einstein and Osborne machines. They also found use on embedded systems.