Really? This is the first I've heard of this. Even though India is in
the part of the world where the lac beetle lives, and thus closer to the
source of shellac, I've never heard of a pressing plant, in India or
anywhere else for that matter, still set up to make the biscuits to
actually press shellac 78s. Not to mention having an actual working
water heated press.
I've asked before on other lists whether a portable, one-off press was
used in pressing plant audio labs c. 1935-40 for making single test
pressings, possibly for cutter, stylus or new shellac formulation tests.
I've never gotten an answer, but it seems likely that someone must have
Hmmm, I think I'll go for a troll through the Audio Record magazine
archive today. Maybe I'll spot one there.
Here's the URL, just in case you may have missed the first posting here:
Nigel Barrett wrote:
> Go to India the only country I know still making 78's.n.a.b.
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 7:40 PM, Sueiro Bal Marcos <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> A client of a friend wants to press "78s". By this I assume he means
>> coarse-groove discs spinning at 78 RPM --who knows with what curve. Anyone
>> know of a mastering facility that can cut such a lacquer? I could not find
>> an answer in the archives. He does not expect anyone to actually play them.
>> If anyone knows of a pressing plant capable of pressing 78s, I'd appreciate
>> that too. I assume no one in the world can press shellac anymore, but maybe
>> thick vinyl?
>> I would not even bother asking, but knowing this exists
>> I thought there may be a chance.
>> Next up --tinfoil-cylinder reissues of classic 1980s CDs.
>> Marcos Sueiro Bal
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