Shellac came off the world market except for the axis when the Repulse was
sunk. Yahoo isn't working right now, but I think it was 1940. Maybe 1939.
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From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 7:52 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] code on Victor label
> Don Tait wrote:
>> Steve Smolian is correct about the "z" on Victor 78s. The records have
>> superior surfaces to pressings from previous periods. Much quieter, due
>> to a
>> different mix in the material used for pressings. Victor seems to have
>> used it from
>> about 1933 to some time in 1935, after which the material was degraded
>> - although not to the level that it had been in the "Orthophonic" period
>> (pre-1933). Does any member have more specific details?
>> "Z" pressings are sought-after by collectors for their superior
>> and are relatively uncommon because they were issued during the bad times
>> of the
>> Depression, when record sales were down.
>> Don Tait
> I thought Z-material continued in use long after the letter had
> disappeared from the
> pressings, since there are abundant examples of very quiet Victor
> pressings right into
> 1940 (until the introduction of drop automatic album sets, lower prices
> and miserable
> quality shellac and the end of worthwhile record collecting as we know
> it). I've also
> turned up the odd z-set that was very noisy (Verklarte Nacht,
> Ormandy)..could this be
> from a set of z-stampers being used on a different mix?
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