It is my humble opinion based on over 40 years of collection acoustic 78s ,
that playing them with bamboo needles is the way to go .
Bamboo needles cause almost no wear and have a moderate volume
and good musical tone . In my collection are many Zonophone , Victor ,
Columbia ,Emerson and others that
I have played many dozens of times over the years on a Victor Model ll (
which has a laminated Oak
Horn ) with fibre ( bamboo ) needles . They still play clear , loud and
relatively noise free. The grooves appear rather smooth and clean viewed at
100x under a microscope .
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