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> Perhaps your stylus was too small?
> Victor Home Recordings require a wide stylus, 5 mil or so.
> Otherwise you might think a disc blank  joe salerno

These zinc Repeat-a-Voice, Echo, Rekordo, etc discs used an entirely
different premise than the plastic Victor Home Recording Discs which had
a narrow groove widened at the top by a rounded stylus. Those
occasionally have good recordings on them. The zinc discs would have
dimples lightly embossed lower in the groove by a regular steel needle
which was supposed to be the same one to play the record back.  They
never intended you to be able to play them later on.  You would really
reused them.  If you have them and an acoustical machine you can try
them out yourself and hear that they replay practically nothing. 
Shiffy, I first reported on these so long ago it appeared in Lenny
Kunstadt's Record Research magazine at least 35 years ago!

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask] 


On 6/12/2012 7:26 PM, David Lewis wrote:
> I had Echo discs like this. Don't expect sound, although as objects they
> are still interesting. I once transferred my Echo discs
> and magnified them a gazillion times and discovered that there *was* the
> faint sound of the piano on them, but it wasn't intelligible.
>
> I look forward to the day when someone finds a disc of this type that
> yields intelligible audio.
>
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Lebanon, OH
>
> On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM, Art Shifrin<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Hi Gang,
>>
>> Today amongst my shelves I rediscovered a pair of 6" apparently non
>> laminated metal disks.
>>
>> They're self-evidently intended for use on a acoustic phonograph. There's
>> one sleeve. The instructions on it state "...Sing into the sound box loudly
>> and distinctly; if possible, use a megaphone. When you have finished, play
>> it over again and hear YOUR voice..." They have two different pre-printed
>> labels but their layout and color (royal blue background with gold
>> lettering) are very similar. One's "MARVEL VOICE". The other's
>> "REPEAT-A-VOICE". They are relatively heavy: seemingly heavier (for the
>> diameter) than if they were of the`'typical' uncoated aluminum recording
>> blank stock of greater size.
>>
>> If any of you have historical information that you can provide (i.e. years
>> offered, etc.), then it'd be nice to learn more about them.
>>
>> I've not yet attempted to play them.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Art (Shiffy) Shifrin
>>
>

-- 
Joe Salerno