Please explain to me how “original 78s themselves” “sound.” Since they are incapable of making any sound without the assistance of a bunch of reproduction mechanics and electronics, and since these can vary in infinite ways, I have no idea how an original 78 sounds! A “restoration” usually is an attempt to allow the listener hear something which approaches as much as possible the sound made by the original performers. Efforts at “restoration” made today potentially can be superior to previous attempts— or perhaps not. No doubt, most of the recent results are, indeed, superior to the sound played back directly from original 78s, especially if the playback equipment is contemporaneous with the recordings.
> On Jan 25, 2018, at 15:51, Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> John Haley wrote:
> "78 transfers as issued on old LPs rarely ever sound as good as the
> original 78's themselves."
> Perhaps, but here's a (trick) question: When (ever) did transfers onto
> other media sound as good as the original 78s themselves?