Harmony made acoustics from 1925 through
early 1930 or thereabouts. I used to have three Julie Wintz 1930
Harry Harmony 1104-H
Man from the South Harmony 1092-H
You've Gone Harmony 1169-H
The first pair were made electrically
on 14 Jan 30. The last was made acoustically on 16 April 30. Go
Some earlier stuff was electric,
i.e. organ records, Rudy Vallee. The circled W prefix on Columbias
etc. meant that royalties were due Western Electric. I'm not sure
when the earliest were made, tho I'd guess 1928. Electric Harmonys
have no W prefix, though they sound as good as WE, at least to me.
Sometime in 1930, everything new was
electrically made, though still without the W next to matrix numbers.
Harmony & allied labels (Clarion, Velvet Tone) were history by
the close of 1931. Jack Teagarden's "Chances Are" (1403-H)
from 10/31 may not be the last Harmony, but it's close.
I vaguely recall that you told me once that while Harmony
remained acoustic for a time after the introduction of electrical recording,
it did eventually get some sort of electrical system that was inferior,
and that some of the Harmony's that I'd described as acoustic were actually
crummy electrics... . Is this right? At what point did they get electrical