Many books on cutting lacquers show identify various cutter misalignment
problems by picturing the spoke or other patterns imposed on the cut in
addition to the usual groove modualtions. When plated, it stands to reason
that they will be reproduced on the pressings.
I can't recall now which, but there is some company's 78s, postwar, I think,
where collectors identify the lathe operator by name because he never
corrected his particular misalignment.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kurt Nauck" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Spoke Pattern
>As to 78 rpm: regular spokes I have only seen on lacquer recordings,
>a similar phenomenon is not unknown even on acoustic recordings. The
>then looks like moiré silk, and it is actually a constant number of
>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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