A few years ago I had (and subsequently sold) a group of 16" lacquers that
RCA had used for recordings sessions- just postwar.  They had multiple takes
for what became 10 and 12" sides.  They included out-takes.  I remember a
phone ringing- "It's your wife" type events.

They sure sounded better than the 78s  I wonder if this method was used for
their big band records as well.  When did RCA begin using these in lieu of
discs intended to be plated?  Columbia certainly did from 1939 or 40 on.
There was an article in, I think, High Fidelity, by David Hall describing
the process. 

Steve Smolian

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Who needs vinyl?

None of the Miller "Secret" recordings are from tape - most are taken from
vinyl pressings of the original transcription discs.

Dave Weiner

On 6/6/12 3:12 PM, "DAVID BURNHAM" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Nope, that's not it entirely;  the most awesome sounding set, "The 
>Secret Broadcasts", were studio recordings made between March and June of
>A mystery, though, is that these recordings are described as "orginal 
>tapes" which were lost for over 50 years.  I didn't think tape was 
>being used yet, at least not in the allied countries, until after the 
>war.  But there is no sonic evidence of a disc surface so who knows.