Speaking of distorted sides....being a Gordon MacRae fan I ran across a lovely, albeit quite grainy, copy of one of his Apollo discs several years ago (the titles escape me at the moment) and was disappointed to find that one of the sides was horribly overdriven and distorted while the other was in rather decent sound. Makes you wonder....Hmmmm..... Not the first time this sort of thing has happened.
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Dennis Rooney
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 3:56 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Can't find a stylus that doesn't distort
I have no experience with Durbin's Decca 78s; however, in addition to the other observations on this topic, it is well to remember that American Decca mastered on lacquer blanks using vertical cut and then dubbed approved cuts to 78rpm lateral for production, in the same manner as American Columbia. Wartime exigencies might have allowed some defective cuts to escape the qc process.
On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 5:39 AM Michael Quinn <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Ben,
> I have owned a fair number of Deanna Durbin Decca discs pressed by E.M.I.
> in Australia on laminated stock.
> Quite a few of them looked in fine condition but sounded mildly
> distorted and fuzzy. I've assumed that probably these were pressings
> from worn stampers. Particularly during WW2 I think they stretched the
> usefulness of stampers in Australia to save on money and materials.
> What was quality control of pressings like in the US during the war?
> Best Wishes
> Mike Quinn
> On Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 1:56 AM Martin Fisher <[log in to unmask]>
> > I agree in full Bob. One of my mantras, especially with a "newbie"
> > who's concerned with the "proper" setup of his/her newly acquired
> > Crosely-esque "vinyl spinner". (Nudge, nudge!) As to whether it's
> > an issue in this
> > is still up in the air.
> > :-)
> > Martin
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <
> > [log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Robert Cham
> > Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:05 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Can't find a stylus that doesn't distort
> > As you may be aware, tracking LPs at to0 light a stylus pressure can
> > a stylus to oscillate and tear up groove walls, causing playback
> > forever more, even though the disc looks pristine to the naked eye.
> > I
> > only speculate that this can occur on shellac discs as well.
> > Comments?
> > Bob
> > > On Mar 27, 2019, at 10:43 AM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > > Microscope? There are inexpensive ones now.
> > > <L>
> > > Lou Judson
> > > Intuitive Audio
> > > 415-883-2689
> > >
> > >> On Mar 27, 2019, at 7:31 AM, 6295LARGE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Hi.
> > >> Thanks.
> > >> The records appear near mint, though I have no way of insuring
> > >> that they're not distorted anyway.
> > >>
> > >> Regards,
> > >> Ben
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