Blogs

  • My Top 5 Books

    Posted February 25 by wes williams

    The recent infographic on the Top 5 Books Every 78rpm Collector Needs To Own! doesn't contain any of my top 5. I think this is going to be different for everybody, and reflects which 78rpms are common where you live, and what your main interests are - and mine is pre 1930 78rpms. So let's go through...

  • Zon-o-phone - The Discs That Defeated Berliner.

    Posted December 18, 2016 by wes williams

    In late November/early December 2016, a batch of Zon-o-phone discs came up for auction on ebay uk.  These were not the usual Zonophones issued by the Gramophone Company (HMV) or Victor from 1904 on, or even their German made predecessors, but dated back to circa 1900/1, and were responsible for...

  • Emma CalvĂ©'s 1902 Recording Session

    Posted November 22, 2016 by wes williams

    Member Leopold's recent contribution of a 1902 recording of Emma Calvé singing an aria from Bizet's Carmen has raised some interests (see here ),  so I thought I'd provide a few more details. The Gramophone Company (later HMV) had only been formed in mid 1898. It was located in the basem...

  • Columbia UK 'Single Face' Label

    Posted October 19, 2016 by wes williams

    Columbia UK 'Single Face' labelled discs do not seem to be very common, so I was very pleased to win one on ebay recently. The 'Single Face' label (and its companion 'Double Face') does not seem to have been used in the USA according to Sherman and Nauck's 'Note The Notes' which analyses the USA Col...

  • Why Sweden?

    Posted October 13, 2016 by wes williams

    I've had this blog in my head since I got the record to be discussed, but following a recent posting on the 78L list about different 'matrix numbers' between HMV and Victor releases, here's a similar example of where the original matrix mark has been obliterated and replaced.I concentrate most of my...

  • World Record Club Covers -1

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Paul Martin

    The World Record Club began in Australia in 1960 with its own design studio at 303 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and later, on Burwood Road in suburban Hartwell. World Record Club stood like a beacon in the Australian commercial art industry and a generation of the most creative young Australian design...

  • 7 Amazing Instagram Profiles featuring 78rpms!

    Posted August 29, 2016 by Nathan Davis

    Social media is a great way to connect with other collectors - take the 78rpm Collectors' Community for example!   So we've put together a list of what we consider to be the top 7 Instagram accounts related to 78rpms. Instagram is a wonderful way for collectors to feature photos and videos o...

  • Too young for 78rpm nostalgia?

    Posted June 25, 2016 by wes williams

    I'm currently involved in scanning some issues of 'The Talking Machine Review' magazine, published between 1969 and 1996 (see Dinosaur Discs ). They contain lots of 78rpm information, and many reviews of books, LP records and cassettes. The reviews of recordings has made me realise how we are now in...

  • Edison Bell - Supplementary Dates

    Posted April 24, 2016 by wes williams

    My recent scanning for the 'Talking Machine Review' project turned up some supplements that had been released with the magazine. These were for Karlo Adrian's list of Winner records, which was later released as a book written with Arthur Badrock - Edison Bell Winner Records - which is still availabl...

  • Arthur Grumiaux and Paganini's 4th Concerto

    Posted November 30, 2015 by Paul Martin

    I'm continuing my exploration of early classical Lp recordings with this blog post. My other posts can be viewed here.   Arthur Grumiaux's violin playing often brought comparisons to another great Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe and also to Pablo de Sarasate of Spain. Overall, his ...

  • Khachaturian - 'Gayaneh' Orchestral Suite

    Posted November 30, 2015 by Paul Martin

    Born in Georgia of Armenian heritage, Aram Khachaturian's folk tinged melodies made his music enormously popular in the USSR, and around the world, and his most beautiful compositions, when conducted by the master himself, are always a pleasure to hear when available. I've always loved the Gayaneh ...

  • Pig in a Poke - Joe Daniels and His Hotshots

    Posted February 13, 2015 by Nathan Davis

    Joe Daniels (1908–2003), born in South Africa, was a British drummer and performer whose career began in the early 1920s. Daniels played with Sid Roy (brother of Harry Roy), and formed his own band with Max Goldberg. Around 1930, he started recording as "Joe Daniel's Hot Shots" (with Billy Mas...

  • Using ClickRepair

    Posted February 10, 2015 by Nathan Davis

    Using ClickRepair A weekend project ClickRepair is a mature, well-tested, application for de-clicking and de-crackling audio in uncompressed audio files. It has been developed over a period of many years. What you need for this project: 1. Audacity -Audio transferring software (free for PC and Mac) ...

  • 78rpm related Scanning

    Posted December 3, 2014 by wes williams

    Here are a few tips on 78rpm related scanning. As a Windows only user, I'm not aware of equivalent software for Linux, Mac etc. so comments from users of other systems are very welcome.Scanning recordsExcept for the smaller 78rpms, most are too big to sit flat on the scanner glass. And since the sca...

  • Scarmouche - Suite for Two Pianos - Milhaud

    Posted November 6, 2014 by Sam H

    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

    Posted October 25, 2014 by Sam H

    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...

  • GRUENBERG: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

    Posted October 24, 2014 by Sam H

    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

    Posted October 14, 2014 by Sam H

    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...

  • Early Talking Doll Recording Discovered

    Posted October 12, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    On May 11, 2011, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California recovered sound from an artifact that historians believe is the earliest surviving talking doll record. The artifact is a ring-shaped cylinder phonograph record made of solid metal, preserved by the Nati...

  • Getting Better Transfers from your 78s

    Posted October 12, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    Here are a few tips to help you get better transfers from your 78s. This post covers some of the basic processes of transferring 78rpms. It covers aspects of cleaning to the final process of backing up your results. Now, first of all, please remember that there are many ways to do each of the step...

  • 78rpm Timings - Part 2 - The Long and Short of it...

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    In my previous post on this subject - I explored longer playing 78rpms - and since that post - additional items of interest have come to light on the 78-L Mailing List which is worth exploring in depth.   One regular contributor to the list made mention of some extra narrow-grooved 78rpms by ...

  • 78rpm Timings - Part 1

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    It's been a while since my last blog post...   As regular readers of my blog will know, most of my posts stem from discussions on the 78-L mailing list.   A recent discussion relating to timings of 78rpm sides uncovered some very interesting facts. For one, the common belief that 78rpm...

  • What Makes a 78rpm Record Valuable?

    Posted October 11, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    Recently on the 78-L list, a member asked the mailing list the question: What makes a record valuable?   Some interesting responses came to light from a number of subscribers to the list.   One respondent wrote:   A Berliner. Black Patti. An Amos 'n Andy transcription on Marsh o...

  • Restoring 78rpms - Part 2

    Posted October 9, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    (Part 1 of this article can be viewed here) Time Considerations:   The sound engineer - whether amateur or professional is always limited by the resources at hand - both software and often hardware. Compound this with the limitations of the original source material - scratchy 78s, transcript...

  • Restoring 78rpms - Part 1

    Posted September 28, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    Interest in 78rpm recordings has reached a new level of appreciation over the past decade or so. Fuelled by the internet, hundreds of sites have appeared relating to 78s - including our own - in which 78s are sold for download and discussed in forums or social network sites like Twitter and FaceBook...

  • Getting Better Transfers from your 78rpms

    Posted September 28, 2014 by Nathan Davis

    Here are a few tips to help you get better transfers from your 78s. This post covers some of the basic processes of transferring 78rpms. It covers aspects of cleaning to the final process of backing up your results.Now, first of all, please remember that there are many ways to do each of the steps ...

  • They're Still Releasing 78rpms!

    Posted September 25, 2014 by Sam H

    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...

  • Record Clamps for 78rpm Records

    Posted September 19, 2014 by Sam H

    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?

    Posted September 17, 2014 by Sam H

    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

    Posted September 17, 2014 by Sam H

    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

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Sam H

    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...

  • British Labels 1: Edison Bell

    Posted September 16, 2014 by wes williams

    This blog covers the main labels produced by Edison Bell in the UK. Edison Bell also pressed recordings for many other smaller independent labels, but these are not covered. HistoryThe Edison Bell Phonograph Corporation was founded in 1892 and acquired phonograph patents which should have given the...

  • What were 78s made of? - Part 1

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Sam H

    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

    Posted September 16, 2014 by Sam H

    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...

  • Beginners Start Here

    Posted September 15, 2014 by wes williams

    This blog discusses subjects that affect people starting out on transcribing 78rpms. I'm not going to discuss software, only the basics of setting up a system, getting it to record to a computer file, and purely mechanical problems you may encounter.Why can't I plug my turntable into my computer, an...

  • Cleaning 78rpm Records

    Posted September 14, 2014 by Sam H

    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

    Posted September 14, 2014 by Sam H

    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...