>As to 78 rpm: regular spokes I have only seen on lacquer recordings, whereas
>a similar phenomenon is not unknown even on acoustic recordings. The surface
>then looks like moiré silk, and it is actually a constant number of vertical
>vibrations per second not tied precisely to the rpm, so the spokes are
>"crooked". This was usually a cause for discarding a take, so they are
I suppose another possibility might be a burr in a gear or some other
deficiency in the recording mechanism that would result in a frequency that
becomes visible in the recording.
Occasionally the music itself might have a rhythm or repeated phrase that
results in a radial pattern of some sort (especially in audio test
records), but this looks different from the spoking mentioned above.
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