From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad


it pleases me no end to read about somebody doing something new for a change! 
The 78 rpm format is just right for the field, because with the coarse 
grooves there is no need to be hysterical about working in a dust-free 
environment and in most cases not even about overloading the system. And now, 
of course, we have mains electricity everywhere. 

The increase in demand for lacquer records (we now know that they were 
nitrocellulose lacquers, not cellulose acetate lacquers) might even lower the 
price of masters from the suppliers to record mastering studios, to the 
benefit of us all. 

In 50-100 years time we shall have a real pickle, however, because we shall 
then have to apply various forensic techniques to determine that your records 
are what they are and not 70+ years older. However, that is what happens when 
you start using technology that has been overtaken by technical development.

It is very interesting, philosophically, to consider that no-one will be able 
to re-create MiniDisc recording 70 years after its heyday (if it ever had 
one) 1) because probably no equipment can be made to function, and 2) nobody 
will manufacture unrecorded magneto-optical MiniDiscs in 70 years. It all 
speaks for going primitive.

My own experiences with re-creating early recording has concentrated on 
acoustic disc recording, using Berliner etch-technology and Johnson cut wax 
technology. However, I regularly use my better-than-a-portable-Presto lathe 
for 78 rpm lacquers. My lathe is portable if you are two strong men - it has 

Best wishes; I shall follow your website!



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> THE 78 PROJECT is a journey across America to record today´s musical artists
> as they perform the early American songs that inspired a century of popular
> music -- exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously, on
> one-of-a-kind 78rpm lacquer discs.  Inspired by Alan Lomax and his quest to
> capture music where it lived throughout the early 20th Century, the series
> celebrates the artistry and craft that spontaneously captured America´s most
> authentic musical forms.  With just one microphone, one authentic 1930's
> Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc,
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