I'm not sure which book I recommended, but Roland Gelatt wrote several
books under the title The Fabulous Phonograph. The first was in 1955;
others came later. Roland was considered at that point, one of the experts.
Later another book came out "From tinfoil to Stereo" by Wa;lter Welch,
audio archivist at Syracuse University. The University had acquired the
Bell collection about that time when ARSC was founded, 1966.
There have been other books since, but I can't claim to know enough to
recommend others....especially about cassettes, although I owned one of the
first Sony portable cassette machines.
Best wishes on your research.
Paul T. Jackson
Steilacoom, WA 98338
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On Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 11:34 AM Mickey Clark <[log in to unmask] wrote:
> There is also a book 'Look For the Dog' - you may find another supplier
> it but it is for sale on Amazon-Mickey Clark
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> From: 6295LARGE .
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] ARSCLIST] Re: Historic details on phonographs
> THANK YOU, PAUL!
> I work for the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University. (
> I give tours to guests, students and faculty, and I've been asked a couple
> times, the same questions as in my email.
> We have a 1907 Victor Victrola, and 1926 Credenza with electric motor and
> a1910 Edison cylinder player.
> Sometimes a get a really interested person in a tour, and I'd like to be
> able to answer more questions than I already can.
> I will go to the website you recommended and hunt for the book you
> Thanks again!
> PEACE!... and wisdom. ( I guess if there was wisdom, we'd have peace.)
> On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 2:42 PM Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > On 11/2/2019 12:54 AM, Francesco Martinelli wrote:
> > > what a weird post
> > Hey, one good way to learn things is to ask people who know about them.
> > Mr. Roth is doing that. I'll try to answer a few questions below. Mr.
> > Roth, if you're a student writing a term paper, you should investigate
> > further using a search engine so you can cite your sources properly.
> > Here's a bit for starters.
> > > On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 6:28 PM 6295LARGE . <[log in to unmask]>
> > >
> > >> When were the magnetic and ceramic cartridges invented?
> > You might want to look at the History section in this article:
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_cartridge#History
> > It's usually not kosher to cite Wikipedia as a source, but the article
> > will include references, and those usually can be cited.
> > >> Were orthophonic recordings using microphones?
> > Properly speaking, there weren't really orthophonic recordings to my
> > knowledge; at least, I don't think they were called that, though I may
> > be wrong. In 1925 Victor introduced the Orthophonic Victrola phonograph,
> > designed by engineers at Western Electric (part of the Bell System) and
> > licensed to Victor; it used an acoustical horn, but it had much improved
> > performance over previous models. At about the same time, Victor and
> > Columbia introduced electrical recordings, using a system also invented
> > at Western Electric. They used a condenser microphone (*also* invented
> > at Western Electric, in 1916, and specified in the electrical recording
> > patent) in the recording process.
> > Columbia called their electrical recordings Viva-Tonal records; they had
> > a "W" in the runout area, standing for Western Electric. Victor called
> > them simply "electrical recordings", identified by the letters "VE" on
> > the label.
> > In the 1950s, when the high fidelity boom was underway, Victor (now RCA
> > Victor) called their LP records "New Orthophonic", trading on the old
> > Victrola phonograph name.
> > >> When did phonographs start using speakers instead of horns?
> > The loudspeaker was patented by Chester W. Rice and Edward V. Kellogg;
> > they worked for General Electric, and applied for the patent in 1925.
> > You might want to dig out a copy of Ronald Gelatt's book "The Fabulous
> > Phonograph". It's out of print, but you could look in a library, or at
> > www.abebooks.com . It's far from perfect, and it includes some material
> > which is now classed as urban legend, but it's a decent introduction.
> > Peace,
> > Paul Stamler
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