I've also owned antiques machines in the past and enjoyed hearing a 78
as might have been heard in its day, but I must argue that one doesn't
hear it with the same ears as someone who lived in that day. A machine
such as an Edison player was probably regarded as what we now call
"state of the art" or "high tech". A mind blowing experience. To us it
is an antique and a curiosity, a charming and quaint item. hopefully
appreciated for its role in the history of home music. To a contemporary
listener, it may have been regarded as the ultimate home listening
experience, second only to live music.
Perhaps the way to understand a little about how they must have felt in
that day by comparing it to the first time you saw a 60" HD screen
playing a blu-ray disc movie. You can't help but be blown away.
On 1/4/2011 8:36 AM, David Breneman wrote:
> --- On Tue, 1/4/11, Tom Fine<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> That said, I bet I'm not the only one who buys cheap and
>> common but musically-enjoyable 78's specifically to play on
>> the Victrola. They are never intended for transfer or
>> preservation, they are intended to allow me to enjoy my
>> antique Victrola. I'm sure others do similar things for
>> their cylinder players and Diamond Disc players.
> Guilty as charged. There's something to be said for the
> "time machine" aspect of seeing and hearing a record played
> as a person would have experienced it "back in the day."
> An old machine puts on a good show; an mp3 doesn't.