The fully compatible predecessor of the 1530 was the C2N, which appeared in two variants. Another variant of the 1530 was the 1531, which had a different connector as well as a black case. It was designed for the C264 series. Further information about these models can be found on the respective pages.
On the right is the most common variant with the Commodore logo on black stripes. The flap opens with a simple mechanism and a spring.
Here is a variant of the 1530. Unlike the above model it is missing the red LED and the writing SAVE below the counter. The SAVE-LED is located on the left in the silver part and is not labeled at all. Also the counter is smaller and is covered by transparent plastic. The other one is larger and not protected. Also, the color of the counter is different.
This early version has a small, black Commodore logo in the upper right corner and is less common than the one shown above. It was sold shortly at the time of the VC20.
Also this version has only a small Commodore logo, but the SAVE LED on the right side. In addition, it uses the old, black cable from the previous C2N model but had a case for the connector.
The left variant differs from the right by small differences (see also next photo). The left has an orange sticker inside and the right one a silver one.
On the back there are further differences of the two tape drives: The left has a small type plate, which shows the device as "Datasette". The right has three big stickers. The name of the device is "C2N Cassette". Both were produced in Taiwan. The actual designation 1530 was never read on a type plate. It was only used on the packaging and in manuals.
Inside a cassette drive with a small circuit board (shielded / protected).
The packaging of the 1530. It is similar in design to the packaging of the VIC20 and shows a picture of the datasette. It is referred to as "1530 Datassette Unit Model C2N".
If you open the packaging, the tape drive is held by two styrofoam parts. Below you can find the manual.
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