When the true history of the microgroove LP is written, one of the
inventor-developers, probably predating Goldmark, was Mirko Paneko, who
lived in the Norwalk, CT area..

I visited him a few times years ago.

He cut his own lacquers, using the microgroove, as far back as 1939 or so,
he told me.  He had examples of Toscanini broadcasts.  I was told Mirko made
the audio playback system in the Toscanini home.  He was acquainted with
Goldmark who was aware of Mirko's experiments.

It would not surprise me to learn there were others using the same idea
during this period.  The trick was to develop a cutting stylus, from which
the rest of the development would flow.  Emory Cook's papers may be at
Smithsonian Folkways and, since he lived in the same area and the guys all
knew one another, there may be some data therein.

The Goldmark team's contribution was developing a system designed around the
function of making masters from which to manufacture records.

Steve Smolian

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From: "Damien Moody" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] First LP

> Considering the way inventions work, the answer is "most likely". Unless
> Goldmark took pains to preserve the truly "first" LP, I doubt it's around
> now (happy to be wrong, though).
> Damien J. Moody
> Information Technology Services
> Library of Congress
>>>> [log in to unmask] 06/10/05 4:33 PM >>>
> All of the recordings mentioned were commercial releases. I am wondering
> if Peter Goldmark, considered the inventor of the long play record (or
> LP), actually produced any in his lab prior to the official release -
> which would have been the "real" first LP.
> Lance Watsky
> Preservation & Media Specialist
> Georgia Archives
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Lennick
> Sent: Friday, June 10, 2005 4:26 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] First LP
> Jeffrey J Martin wrote:
>> Re: ML 4001 is indeed the Mendelssohn, with Nathan Milstein, although
> it's likely Columbia would have launched
>> the LP with a
>> series of 10 or 20 titles.
>> According to the Wall Street Journal of June 21, 1948 ("New Columbia
> Records," p. 4), "The initial LP catalog will
>> consist of 101 records, inlcuding 325 different selections."
> Not impossible..Columbia had an entire six-month period of no new
> recording, thanks to the AFM ban. Those first LP
> masters were transferred from the 16" lacquers without benefit of tape,
> so some of the joins and overlaps are a little
> iffy. The first LP we owned was Pictures at an Exhibition, with about a
> ten-second pause before The Great Gate of
> Kiev.
> dl


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