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They were but not at 33-1/3 rpm before 1939. Documentation is sketchy.

DDR

On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> This implies that lacquers were in use before Pailey acquired what became
> Columbia Records in 1938.  It has been my impression that the change-over
> occurred early in his tenure and that the new studios at 799 7th Ave were
> equiped specifically for this purpose. Is there more deail on  this?
>
> Steve Smolian
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dennis Rooney
> Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 11:33 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Who needs vinyl?
>
> Dear Steve,
>
> Almost invariably, , and always after 1940, is the answer to your first
> question. EMI Columbia continued to master on beeswax until the
> introduction
> of magnetic tape.
>
> On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM, Steve Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Hi, Dennis at al,
> >
> > Does this imply that all US Columbia 78s after they began using
> > lacquers were dubs?
> >
> > Was this process used in Europe as well and, if so, any idea when?
> >
> > Steve Smolian
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message----- From: Dennis Rooney
> > Sent: Thursday, June 07, 2012 10:35 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Who needs vinyl?
> >
> > That was likely the case for the BSO recordings made after the
> > Petrillo Ban, i.e. 1944-1950.
> >
> > On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Karl Miller
> > <[log in to unmask]>**
> > wrote:
> >
> >  --- On Thu, 6/7/12, Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Columbia first employed lacquer discs (referred to as
> >> > "instantotiles") in lieu of beeswax in 1936. Victor seems to have
> >> > used them as of 1940 although not consistently.
> >>
> >> As an aside, I was told (by someone who should know) that the early
> >> Victor LP transfers of things like the Boston Symphony were made from
> >> the lacquers. Hence, the sound quality on those first transfers
> >> (subject to the quality of the vinyl) could be somewhat better than
> >> subsequent transfers made from either the 78 pressings or metal
> >> masters.
> >>
> >> Does anyone know more about this?
> >>
> >> Karl
> >>
> >> Karl
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
> > --
> > Dennis D. Rooney
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> > New York, NY 10023
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>
>
>
>
> --
> Dennis D. Rooney
> 303 W. 66th Street, 9HE
> New York, NY 10023
> 212.874.9626
>



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