This query comes across as semi-ridiculous, but you can fudge things. No, you can't get shellac
disks pressed today and no, you can't play laquer disks, either wide-groove or not, on a Victor IV.
But, you could easily rig up a system onstage where an iPod plays into a little speaker hidden in
the throat of the horn. Buy some terrible junk 78 record (because it will be destroyed). Get someone
like Tim Fabrizio to send you a junker Victor diaphram, disconnected from the needle. This will then
put no sound into the horn to interfere with the speaker sound. Drop the needle on the record and at
the same time hit play on the iPod and the audience will be none the wiser.
In case, for your recording, you want a real 78RPM wide-groove record, there's a guy named Charles
Bork out in Seattle who can cut it for you. This can then be plated and pressed as a 10" vinyl
record, playable with a 78 stylus but not playable on an old Victor turntable (it will be chewn to
bits on its first play).
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard Grimes" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 3:57 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] shellac 78 problem
> Greetings ARSC!
> I am new to the list, so I hope I am corresponding with you all in the proper manner with this
> email. If not, just let me know and I will redress accordingly.
> I am the Artistic Director of an eclectic contemporary group called cordis - and I am in a
> pickle - hoping you or one of your members might be able to assist, or at least point me in a
> direction. I very recently aquired a Victor IV talking machine, with the foolish assumed there
> would some boutique sources out there that would be able to press shellac discs. My research has
> indicated otherwise, and I am now in a bit of a panic as the ensemble is knee deep in the
> recording of a new album that is dependent upon the use of our trusty
> Victor. We can always fake it in the studio, but live, we cannot.
> Do you know of any sources who might be able to assist us here? i am a neophyte when it comes to
> understanding this early technology, so please forgive me if my query comes across as ridiculous.
> any direction you might be able to offer is greatly appreciated.