The Echo was a zinc disc, and bore a copyright date of 1926. They were
manufactured by Plaza Music Co.
Uncle Dave Lewis
On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 8:46 PM, Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Many of these were zinc. There was a cheap attachment with a "yell into
> it" horn. I've never recovered any intelligible audio from any of these.
> They are c. 1920.
> Steve Smolian
> -----Original Message----- From: David Lewis
> Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:26 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] presumably very early pre-grooved disks
> I had Echo discs like this. Don't expect sound, although as objects they
> are still interesting. I once transferred my Echo discs
> and magnified them a gazillion times and discovered that there *was* the
> faint sound of the piano on them, but it wasn't intelligible.
> I look forward to the day when someone finds a disc of this type that
> yields intelligible audio.
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Lebanon, OH
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM, Art Shifrin <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Gang,
>> Today amongst my shelves I rediscovered a pair of 6" apparently non
>> laminated metal disks.
>> They're self-evidently intended for use on a acoustic phonograph. There's
>> one sleeve. The instructions on it state "...Sing into the sound box
>> and distinctly; if possible, use a megaphone. When you have finished, play
>> it over again and hear YOUR voice..." They have two different pre-printed
>> labels but their layout and color (royal blue background with gold
>> lettering) are very similar. One's "MARVEL VOICE". The other's
>> "REPEAT-A-VOICE". They are relatively heavy: seemingly heavier (for the
>> diameter) than if they were of the`'typical' uncoated aluminum recording
>> blank stock of greater size.
>> If any of you have historical information that you can provide (i.e. years
>> offered, etc.), then it'd be nice to learn more about them.
>> I've not yet attempted to play them.
>> Art (Shiffy) Shifrin