Victrolac is a resinous plastic compound that is definitely NOT vinyl. All
Victor Program Transcriptions (except the very last ones) were made from it
and the first pressing of M-127 was also.The resin now leaches from the
compound. If you play the disc you may discover as soon as halfway through
that a blob of resin has attached itself to the stylus, which must be
carefully cleaned to remove it. This step may need to repeated often
depending on the condition of the plastic.
Victrolac discs must be transferred by a specialist. Therefore, you may
wish to re-consider the time required to attempt to do it yourself, as well
as the likely result based on your previous experience.
On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 3:27 PM 6295LARGE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Gary,
> I never heard of Victrolac.
> I'm sure the record is clean, because I just cleaned it.
> I cleaned it with "PURE 2 - Professional record cleaner from by "Nitty
> I has the scroll label and it feels like vinyl. Is it not vinyl?
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 3:17 PM Gary A. Galo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hi Ben,
> > Is this a Victrolac pressing with scroll labels, or regular shellac? My
> > Victrolac copy has a lot of crud in the grooves, a problem with that
> > material that was mentioned a few weeks back on this list. If this is the
> > case, the records need a good cleaning.
> > I also had, at one time, a post-war shellac pressing with RCA Victor
> > labels, and a banner-style cover on the album. I've used a 2.5 mil TE on
> > both sets without problems.
> > Best,
> > Gary
> > ____________________________
> > Gary Galo
> > Audio Engineer Emeritus
> > The Crane School of Music
> > SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
> > "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
> > Arnold Schoenberg
> > "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
> > Igor Markevitch
> > "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
> > audible,
> > on that system nothing will be audible."
> > G. Galo
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
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> > Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:07 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Shoenberg: Gurrelieder Stokowski vinyl 78 M-127
> > tracking problems
> > Hello everyone
> > I never thought I'd have tracking problems with these beautiful vinyl
> > but i do.
> > I know they've been reissued on LP and CD, but, strange as it may seem, I
> > need to have the 78's for transferring purposes.
> > The styli are jumping. I've even tried with a .7 mil stylus just to see
> > it would track better.
> > I tried playing the records at 45 and 33, but the styli keep jumping
> > forward. It looks as though the grooves are jerky while the records look
> > brand new.
> > Has anyone ever come across this problem?
> > Regards,
> > Ben Roth
> > PLEASE respond to [log in to unmask]
> > Thanks!
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