That was my reply to the list, but at greater detail- my reply was censured in it's entirety..with NO opportunity to support my views.

Robert J. Hodge

Robert Hodge,
Senior Engineer
Belfer Audio Archive
Syracuse University
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Syracuse N.Y. 13244-2010

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Bob:
> Not doubting a play on a Victrola will chip off all the paint, but how can
you describe your disk as
> "pristine" when it's been cored out by a Victrola needle backed by a
couple pounds of pressure? How
> doesn't that ruin the grooves? Curious ...
Apparently, as long as a new needle is used for each playing, a shellac 78
can withstand a fair number of plays on an acoustic "Victrola." Consider
that most pre-1935 78's you encounter have been played on these, or on
the early electric players with horseshoe magnets that probably tracked
with even more pressure!

Steven C. Barr