Indeed, but as I said, Steve Lasker tuned to musical pitch and it happened to work out that the hum
also sat at 120-121hz. Furthermore, to pitch it down to where those YouTube clips are, I think
you're down below 100hz with the hum. I would call that unlikely but not impossible in 1937 Texas.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Parker Dinkins" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, November 01, 2014 8:08 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Robert Johnson Wrong Speed?
> Powerline frequencies in major cities in the US were not synchronized until after World War II. At
> all. The citation for this statement can be found in the archive. It came from a US military
> A much more detailed analysis of the vagaries of powerline frequency pre-1965 was made by Mr.
> Brock-Nannestad on Nov. 3, 2009, with the subject heading "power line frequency".
> Hum signatures are a valuable resource for speed correction when they come from a synchronized
> source, such as the modern power grid.
> Parker Dinkins
>> Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:23:03 -0400
>> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Re: Robert Johnson Wrong Speed?
>> Hi Thomas:
>> The 2011 reissue IS the correct speed, based on the 120hz hum from the original recording
>> I was trying to stop this mythology, after talking with Seth. Let me say again -- the 2011 IS the
>> correct speed, unless there was some freak power system present in Texas that operated at some
>> frequency other than 120hz (just about zero chance of that). So, again, what you hear on that
>> edition IS the correct speed. All other discussion of "theories" of other speeds are not based on
>> facts. To quote Seth Winner again, "the hum doesn't lie."
>> -- Tom Fine