Many air-check transcriptions I have heard also sound vastly superior to commercial records of the
time. However, as can be heard on some CD reissues, a lot better quality was captured in the studio
than make it to noisy-surface 78's, which may be played to death by the time someone my age got
their hands on it. Some CD's made from clean metal parts sound excellent.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 7:41 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] "Aircheck" history
> Rod Stephens wrote:
>> Hi Tom,
>> Here's a little more info on "aircheck" from this web site:
>> > ... AIRCHECK
>> > * According to some reports, the oldest existing aircheck dates to
>> > the Armistice Day broadcast, November 10, 1923.
>> > * Some WEAF broadcasts of the NY Philharmonic are said to predate
>> > that slightly.
> Most of the NY Philharmonic aircheck discs I transferred were from December
> 1923 (3rd, 11th and 17th) and January and April 1924, but there was one disc of
> unknown provenance and an unidentified orchestra (not the Philharmonic,
> according to Steve Smolian) playing the Espana Rhapsody and dated July 7, 1923.
> These were recordings Western Electric was making in its experiments to develop
> electrical recording..some of them sound excellent, by the way, with more
> presence and more frequency range than the early commercial discs made by
> Victor and Columbia (which had to be "safe" so as not to blast or wear out on
> the players of the day).
>> Rod Stephens
>> Tom Fine wrote:
>> > What is the genesis of the term "aircheck" and how did it come to mean
>> > "off-air recording", or did it mean something different at another time?
>> > -- Tom Fine