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From: "Aaron Z Snyder" <[log in to unmask]>
> Steven C Barr wrote:
> > Since my computer's sound is far from high-fidelity, it's hard to tell
> > exact sure...but
> > it sounds to me like most 1925-30 Harmony's, which are acoustic. The
> > way to be sure is
> > to compare it audibly with a Columbia of the same period.
> > Steven C. Barr
> It's acoustic for sure, although a darned good-sounding one. The giveaway
> the complete lack of deep bass. I'm sure a spectral analysis (which I
> haven't done yet) will confirm it.
My problem is that the built-in speaker in my computer provides a "complete
lack of deep bass" to begin with! In fact, the Harmony acoustics are among
the best of their breed...which is why I always thought...and have since
found out others do as well...that Columbia upgraded their acoustic setup
in 1924 and was reluctant to discard it completely when electric recording
came in a year later. In fact, I used to listen to Harmonys using a 10-band
equalized and could make them sound almost electric!
> (I don't know what this recording has to do with Henry Ford's insincere
> retraction, unless Mr Friedman was simply giving some historical
I think it was based on the title of the piece...which was intended to be
more descriptive than insulting!