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Michael Biel wrote:
> Dick Spottswood wrote:
>> Sometimes you can spot altered lead -out grooves on 
>> pressings from original metals. 
> I've seen some of them that show both the original and altered lead out 
> grooves in a mish-mosh, but the needle will follow the new groove even 
> if your eyes can't.
> 
> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]

Okay, what about those double lead-outs on Columbia and Brunswick LA masters? 
Why was this done on virtually all of them? (Not all..I found a pressing of 
"Stealin' Apples" that didn't have the extra lead-out and thus didn't chop off 
the end of the last note. I think it was "Stealin' Apples"..I'll stand 
corrected if it was another BG side.) Was it because the original locked groove 
didn't come close enough to the label to trip some shut-offs? In which case, 
why didn't it matter that Decca stayed far from the label till about 1946? 
Canadian Deccas had large labels right through that period, although the odd 
one had the trip groove ending under the label.

dl