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On 04/01/2011, Tom Fine wrote:
> George, do you have a copy of Gramophone magazine's anniversary CD,
> where they recorded the old stuff to digital by playing it out a
> massive horn-acoustic player? It was kinda quaint, I think their point
> is that this is how our editors heard this music back in the days when
> it was made.
> 
Nimbus Records in Wales used to do this. A quote from the Wikipedia
entry:

"A large sub-label of Nimbus Records is the vocal series Prima 
Voce. This label specialises in the transfer of vocal records on 
78 rpm disc dating from 1900. The method of transfer involves 
the use of thorn needles and a giant acoustic horn on a 
carefully-restored gramophone. No electronic processing is 
used: instead, the gramophone is placed in a living room 
environment and recorded ambisonically, in surround-sound, 
from a typical listening position. Although controversial, the 
technique is capable of producing remarkably life-like results - 
particularly for recordings made "acoustically" prior to the 
arrival of studio microphones in1925."


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Don Cox
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