What 78 RPM Did You Buy Today?

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Re: What 78 RPM Did You Buy Today?

Post by Coffee Phil » 02 Nov 2019 16:57

Hi wblynch,

Congratulations! Welcome to the fast spinning club!

I assume that you have secured the proper stylus and know about summing the channels to mono. It usually make a big difference with 78s.

Phil
wblynch wrote:
02 Nov 2019 06:43
Coffee Phil wrote:
22 Oct 2019 17:27
Hi wblynch,

You machine controls speed with RC time constants so it is very likely that you can easily get it to spin at 78.26 RPM.

Phil
wblynch wrote:
20 Oct 2019 23:57
Found a bunch of 78s at a local used stuff store. Came out with 120 random records for $80. Haven’t gone through them and don’t even have 78 playback capabilities at this time. But cleaned off the first dozen and added them to my DiscOGS collection. Earliest so far is from 1909. Most are 1920-48.

I’m excited to listen to them. Have to convert my SL-1900 first.
Thanks Coffee Phil.

I couldn’t find any info for converting my Technics SL-1900 and guides for other models didn’t help. But some poking around and experimentation led me to find that bridging R10 with a 28 kohm resistor got me very close. I do have to adjust the 45 rpm speed control but I have 78 now. I might try a 22 kohm instead. A switch allows me to retain 45 functionality.

After reviewing the 120 78s I now have, the earliest are 1904 and 1905.

I was happy to find Billy Murray’s “Casey Jones, the Brave Engineer”, from 1910. As far as I can tell, this is the first recording of the legendary song.

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Re: What 78 RPM Did You Buy Today?

Post by Bob Dillon » 02 Nov 2019 18:07

wblynch wrote:
02 Nov 2019 06:43
I was happy to find Billy Murray’s “Casey Jones, the Brave Engineer”, from 1910. As far as I can tell, this is the first recording of the legendary song.
Not too hard a record to find, it sold very well for Victor. Billy Murray also recorded a version for Edison around the same time period.

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Re: What 78 RPM Did You Buy Today?

Post by wblynch » 02 Nov 2019 18:11

Coffee Phil wrote:
02 Nov 2019 16:57
Hi wblynch,

Congratulations! Welcome to the fast spinning club!

I assume that you have secured the proper stylus and know about summing the channels to mono. It usually make a big difference with 78s.

Phil
Thanks. Yes, I got an AT95 cartridge equipped with the 78 stylus from LPGear. I didn’t jump the channels at the headshell but did take advantage of the Mono switch on my Pioneer receiver.

So far I’ve spun through about 30 sides already this morning.

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Re: What 78 RPM Did You Buy Today?

Post by _ITX_ » 20 Nov 2019 10:44

I inherited the last remaining 78 shellacs from my late great grandmother a few years ago. Apart from my rookie mistake of playing them with a standard vinyl cartridge, I try to keep them as protected as possible and always store them in a cupboard in our living room.

The records are still in their original paper sleeves, and the older ones are even in the original shopping bag from the record store my great granny got them from. What's really special is that they were bought during WW2, so there are war-specific imprints on the bag (pictures will follow, I'm currently not at home).

Songs are mainly opera or operetta pieces, since that's what my great granny was into. But there are also a bunch of german schlager songs among them. My favorite is this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrfs0eMYnoA


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Re: What 78 RPM Did You Buy Today?

Post by Bob Dillon » 20 Nov 2019 18:34

The Leo Slezak disc is kind of interesting from the perspective of someone in the U.S.A. Slezak was one of Thomas Edison's favored singers and his Edison recordings are fairly common over here but not so much other labels.