Thanks, guys... I'll take David's and Mikes's views as definitive.
On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Gray, Mike <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> David is correct - very little pre-1931 Columbia metal work has been
> preserved. And virtually no non-classical metal work has survived - it was
> scrapped during World War II. However, EMI has maintained a collection of
> virgin Columbia and HMV shellac pressings, though I'm not aware of a
> similar collection of Parlophones. And, yes, the metal parts sourced for
> GROC LPs were destroyed after the tape transfers were made. Fortunately,
> RCA did preserve many of those same HMV metal parts, so it was fairly
> common in the 70s for RCA to 'loan' EMI metals that it had discarded.
> Turns out as well that Universal, via DG, possesses about 5K pre-1914
> G&T/HMV metal parts, including previously unissued plates. Historic Masters
> had tapped these metals for a number of their vinyl issues. Unfortunately,
> DG also destroyed a great deal of its own surviving metal work from the
> Hanover factory following World War II.
> Finally, a database of the surviving EMI metal work was prepared in the
> 1980s while the Archives were still located at the old Hayes Factory.
> Mike Gray