I know for a fact that there are guys who can cut wide-groove 78RPM records today. One is Charles
Bork in Seattle. That lacquer can then of course be plated and pressed. However, I think any
pressing plant today would use a vinyl compound. So, she can get something cut in the old style.
And, in fact, you could contact that group with a Presto disk recorder who went around recording
famous musicians a year or two ago, if you want a from-the-era quality recording (ie lots of
distortion, limited frequency range, etc). But as for manufacturing, I don't think anyone does
shellac compounds today, and vinyl records shouldn't be played on record-wrecking vintage 78
players, although if you wanted to hear the sound of something you made through a from-the-day
player, I think you could get one playback, as the groove is destroyed. You may need to use a
spindle clamp to keep the tin vinyl disk from slipping on the felt platter mat.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tore Simonsen" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Shellac records today?
> Dear Richard (and others),
> the lady in question is a professional accordion player, for the moment taking part in my research
> project about Norwegian artist's recordings before 1950 (yes, shellac records). There is a lot of
> accordion music in this material, and I think the medium itself (surface noise and all) fascinated
> her to the degree that she asked if it was possible to do this today.
> - tore
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
> Of Richard Markowitz
> Sent: 9. februar 2016 20:30
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Shellac records today?
> Dear Tore Simonsen:
> It would be interesting to know the rationale of your musician friend who inquired about shellac
> 78 pressings. Did she explain her reason(s) to you?
> Richard Markowitz