The historical content (the dubs of the LPs) is great! Thanks for the link.
Regarding the thread in the Google Group, the argument about hard-panning mono content is silly. The
BBC has done that from time to time over the years. The BBC did a show about the history of
stereophony in the early 60s, and much of the old mono content was hard-panned one way or another.
It's also worth noting that in its first demonstration tape for its first stereo tape player (the
Model 612 "Stereophonic Tape Phonograph"), Ampex panned the mono content hard to one speaker. In
that case, I'm sure the intent was to reduce the audibility and impact of the mono content, since it
was stereo they were selling.
Here's an early Ampex 612 ad, by the way:
I have several early "gee whiz, it's STEREO" LP records that do the same thing with mono content.
In a modern setting, my preference is for mono content to be center-panned, but the BBC wasn't doing
anything unheard of or extraordinary with the new program in question.
A bigger question raised in the Google Groups thread is why they didn't draw more content from those
LP records. My question beyond that is, why do they put this historical-anniversary material up with
a short expiration date? Why not keep it up there for posterity?
-- Tom Fine
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Sent: Monday, November 26, 2012 4:40 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Eckersley talking to the BBC Engineering Society about early days of the BBC
These recordings may not be of interest to many but I guess they're worth listening to.
Did I mention that I have discs of Eckersley talking to the BBC
Engineering Society about early days of the BBC and they are all to be
Help yourself although they are each about 3M big even as MP3.
No-one at the BBC seems really interested in them.
To put this into context see the thread here: