At the risk of getting booted from the list once again (it usually
happens after I've made a posting), I had something odd pop up while I
wsd working on a batch of 78s recently.
The record in question was Emerson 1029 from about 1919, which of course
would have been recorded acoustically. It's someone doing bird calls,
accompanied by a brass band. So far, par for the course for an
Here's the odd thing: Listening back to the file, recorded in stereo
using a Stanton 500 cartridge and a flat preamplifier, it sounded like
all the music was recorded on the right channel; the left channel was
There were several other discs in the batch that were recorded using the
Stanton, and none of them had this oddity; they were within 2dB of
having the signal balanced on the two channels.
I did the usual detective work; I inverted one channel on the Emerson
and looked for the summed combination that gave me the least signal --
it was sosmething like a 10dB imbalance. In the end I wound up using the
right channel only. Oh, I also looked in the DAW, and this wasn't a
Barr mentions that in 1916 Emerson issued 5" records with an "angled
cut", hoping to circumvent the patents on lateral and vertical records.
(Barr's comment was that they would play equally well -- or badly -- on
both types of reproducers.) This would certainly seem to be one of those
-- but it's a standard-sized 10" record.
Has anyone on the list encountered such a thing -- a 10" "angled cut"
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