May I tap the collective wisdom once more?
It's pretty well-known among the restoration community that Victor made
their acoustical recordings at 76.6 rpm (or close). But I've also been
told, by people who seem to know what they're talking about, that the
earliest Victors were cut at a slower speed, approximately 72 rpm. I had
the occasion to work on a 1901 recording, and I did it first st 76.6,
then again at 72, and I must say that the slower ob\ne sounded more
natural; the voice has less of a Donald Duck effect.
So my questions are two:
1. Is this at all accurate? Were those early Victors truly cut at about
2. If so, then can anyone suggest an approximate date for the changeover
to 76.6 rpm? In other words, up to what recording date should I assume,
for my first efforts, a speed of about 72 rpm?
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