What IS of consequence, of course, is
the diameter of the outermost grooving, and that is what Steve was
really talking about. I think that there occasionally were problems --
even in newly recorded items that had to be issued in a dubbed fashion
if the cutting engineer goofed when setting the outer cutting diameter
on the lathe -- but thre was enough lead-in space on most 1920s
Columbias and OKehs to allow them to be reissued on the slightly smaller
pressings from the later 30s.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
On the red-label Columbia reissues of the 1928 Earl Hines Okehs, there is
BARELY an outer blank space before the record starts.