I have electrical issues on Columbia as early as January 1925- by Art
Gillham and The Associated Glee Clubs of America waxed electrically by
March. I've issued discs by both these artists - Mickey
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From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, October 08, 2012 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Howard Scott Dies
> In all due respect, while Victor and Columbia readily embraced electric
> recording, the smaller labels did resist, mainly as they didn't have the
> capital resources to make the switch.
> Brunswick had it's "light ray" process which, though a mystery, seems to
> have been used by others as well as a way to dodge the equipment upgrade
> and hefty licensing fees.
> Gennett's electrical system, such as it was, was terrible sounding at
> first. You would think that Marsh Labs, with its earlier, inferior
> electrical system, would have prospered as a
> result. But it didn't. Homer Rodeheaver closed his own acoustic studio in
> Chicago in the fall of 1925 rather than to upgrade. I think BD&M went that
> route also.
> There was a little economic slump in 1925-26 that also wreaked havoc among
> the smaller labels, so it wasn't just that. But the changeover to electric
> was a major contributing factor
> to the disappearance of certain labels in those years.
> Dave Lewis
> Lebanon, OH
> On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM, Dennis Rooney
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> Dear Tom,
>> No. Western Electric demonstrated their system to both Victor and
>> Each signed and began releasing electrical recordings by spring 1925.