Michael - Well, that clarifies things. So... when did Decca stop using the
vertical masters? And the missing W is another take from the one with the W?
Thanks for chipping in about this. I have 994 audio files in my Crosby
directory now - all from original 78s from my collection . Albeit, some are
temporary working files just now so not a true number of songs. At the most,
about 20 working files at the present. I have so many alternates and
duplicates on different serial numbers - some from a spread of five years
between sides - Mickey
From: Michael Biel
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Decca 1945 take numbers
T does not mean tape. It means Transfer, as in Transfer from 16-inch Western
Electric Wide Range Vertical master disc. That also is what the W on Deccas
stands for. Notice the missing W on the non transferred one?
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Decca 1945 take numbers
Hello-I have two copies of Decca 23547 – Siboney and Hasta Manana by bing
Crosby with Xavier Cugat.
Both sides have this aberration.
Siboney on the Canadian issue – the MX is L3535B – dating from February 11,
Siboney on the American pressing is WL3535T6B
I am just recording the one with the T and will compare the recordings once
Does a firm date exist for when Decca started mastering on tape? I have seen
this before, but on records that would have preceded the tape process -