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From: "Eric Goldberg" <[log in to unmask]>
> That is why I started a data base in 1999 and have almost completely
> entered my instrumental classical records. I need to start with my
> CDs because that collection is getting too big for my aging memory. I
> have also done a data base of my opera recordings and I have almost
> finished the Italian operas, but have hardly scratched the surface,
> if you will excuse the expression, of my French, German, English,
> Russian, Czech or Spanish language operas.......and then there is my
> jazz collection and vocalists and.........................oy, do i
> have my work cut out for me.
Well...I own about 50,000 78rpm discs (give or take)...which is a bit
more than 1.5% of all 78's ever released in North America. I have two
separate databases...an old dBASE III+ file, entered 1989-91. and a
more current MS Access 97 3-level relational database. Both contain
about 1,000 discs each (1 kilo78?)...and further entries are going
very slowly, thanks to a serious head injury that robbed my of my
"fine motor dexterity!"
Of course, what I would like to see happen is that all of our catalog
databases can be combined (a challenging task, given the format variety!)
and eventually produce an "Ultimate database of analog recordings!"
The next step, of course, would be a "complete set" of digital sound
files (legal in most countries other than the USA!!) matching this
Keep in mind that 1TB (one terabyte, or 2^40 bytes) hard drives are
already commercially available...which makes the "Every 78 ever
recorded...Lithuanian language records!...all part of our fabulous
offer...!" theoretically possible...!
Steven C. Barr