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  • Scarmouche - Suite for Two Pianos - Milhaud

    A new blog featuring posts of interesting and rare 78rpm reviews from the Gramophone Record Supplement of the 78rpm era. Some of these posts will feature the recording, some without.   Review taken from the Gramophone Supplement - July 1950; page 3   Milhaud: Scarmouche - Suite for Two...
  • Piano Compositions by Alan Hovhaness and John Cage

    A new blog featuring posts of interesting and rare 78rpm reviews from the Gramophone Record Supplement of the 78rpm era. Some of these posts will feature the recording, some without. Although there were very good, rare examples of 'modern music' available on 78rpm records - much of it was difficult...
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  • GRUENBERG: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    A new blog featuring posts of interesting and rare 78rpm reviews from the Gramophone Record Supplement of the 78rpm era. Some of these posts will feature the recording, some without.   Review taken from the Gramophone Supplement - January 1947; page 6   GRUENBERG: Concerto for Violin a...
  • Queensland State String Quartet

    HILL, ALFRED FRANCIS (1869-1960), musician, was born on 16 December 1869 at Richmond, Melbourne, Australia. Hill was active as a violin pedagogue, recitalist, chamber music performer, but principally as conductor of choirs and orchestras, including the Wellington Orchestral Society, Royal Comic Oper...
  • They're Still Releasing 78rpms!

    Examples of musicians releasing 78 rpm records today is a subject close to my heart. Many people think that production of 78s stopped in the early 1950's - but truth is often stranger than fiction. For example, it was reported on the 78-L Discussion List recently that India pressed 78s into the 1980...
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  • Record Clamps for 78rpm Records

    Another discussion from the 78-L list centred on the use of record clamps. Record clamps come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes and are primarily used to hold records to a turntable so they do not slip during playback. One member of the list posed the following questions: Does anyone use reco...
  • Reissuing 78rpm Records?

    An interesting discussion came to light on the 78-L discussion list the other week relating to 78 rpm re-issues. It seems one reader was reading through the Historic Masters website and wondered if anything besides opera ever saw the light of the day, recently, on vinyl - pressed directly from origi...
  • What were 78s made of? - Part 2

    Continuing from my last post, I'm adding further info from the 78-L list regarding 78rpm record manufacture. In review of the discussion notes, it would be fair to assume that Edison spent some time developing compounds for the ideal cylinder (as he saw disc recordings as inferior - even though he l...
  • Isador Goodman and Rachmaninoff's No.2

    This post features an early Australian 12 inch LP recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Op. 18.This recording was made in the early 1950’s.The history of Australian recording is diverse and surprisingly large considering the population of Australia during the 20th c...
  • What were 78s made of? - Part 1

    An interesting discussion started up the other week on 78-L regarding what 78s were made from. Although as a general rule, most were made from shellac, it is also true to say that some were made of different materials. The discussion on 78-L brought up some interesting finds which I summated below: ...
  • Shellac Liqueur

    What do you do with old, 78 rpm records? Turn them into liqueur... I found the following "recipe" for Shellac Liqueur on a news group the other week and thought I'd share it with others but please be aware that this has been untested and I do not recommend trying it. In no way do I endorse the reci...
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  • Cleaning 78rpm Records

    Okay, here goes one of those discussions where there is no right answer but everyone with an opinion thinks they're right. Cleaning of 78 rpm records. I know from my own personal experience that I have been cleaning 78s in the kitchen sink using a mild detergent and fairly hot water. I use a smooth ...
  • De-Warping 78rpm Records

    A discussion on de-warping 78 rpm records gave some excellent information recently on the 78-L list. One member of the list provided the following, informative step-by-step guide: I have a thick marble plate, about 1 inch (2.5cm). It's a marble plate for serving cheese, actually. I put it in my ove...
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