Wow. "Z" pressings of M-127. That starts my collector juices running!
There would (I expect) be no Victrolac there.
On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 5:22 PM Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]>
> Dear Ben,
> You are not dealing with vinyl discs in Victor M-127. They are Victrolac, a
> cellulose based plastic compound that behaves differently. Blowing the
> discs won't make any difference. The problem resides in the breakdown of
> the plastic compound that leaves a viscous residue in the grooves that must
> be cleaned out. You need a Keith Monks machine to do that correctly.
> Another consideration is that the groove is smaller than standard Victor
> shellac records of the period (1932). You should experiment with 2.5 and
> 2.0 mil both conical and elliptical. Depending on previous playback,
> another size might work better but only trial and error will determine it.
> Victrolac pressings are not particularly quieter than high quality shellac.
> Victor later issued M-127 on 'Z' shellac pressings and that is the best way
> to hear Stokowski's *Gurrelieder, *unless you can obtain the "Program
> Transcription" discs (33.3) of another performance in the series presented
> in The Academy of Music
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 3:34 PM 6295LARGE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > I have a the Victrola set M-127, Schonberg: Gurre-Lieder with Stokowski
> > Althaus.
> > It's apparently a reissue because the records are all vinyl.
> > I've blown them with a can of compressed air, but the stylus keeps
> > I've tried different styli and cartridges and weights:
> > For instance: Shure M44-7 with 2.8ET and 3.5FCR, *GE* VRII 2.5mil,
> > 3.3ET in a Stanton 500 cartridge, *but the styli keep jumping grooves* -
> > one at a time - once per rotation.
> > I've even tried a Stanton 681 LP stylus. I've tried 3 different speeds,
> > BUT IT ALWAYS JUMPS!!
> > I thought the vinyls would sound better than shellac, and maybe they
> > if I weren't having THIS crazy problem.
> > Any suggestions? PLEASE!
> > Thank you.
> > Ben Roth
> 1006 Langer Way
> Delray Beach, FL 33483