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From: Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>
> According to the booklet with the "Secret Broadcasts" set, the sources
> were mostly original 16 inch V-discs pressed on vinyl (which would give a quiet
> surface), with some tape copies from V-discs. Ted Kendall made the transfers.

There never were any 16-inch V-discs.  They were meant to be played by
the soldiers themselves on regular phonographs, so the were all
12-inches.  Did you mean Armed Forces Radio Service discs which were
meant ONLY for broadcasters and thus were mainly 16-inches.  These two
entirely different categories of recordings should not be confused.  I
do think that some 16-inch lacquer masters were also involved, if not
for the Victor issue, for the issues prior to the Victor CDs.  I've
never understood what was so "secret" about these well-known broadcasts.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]


> But there are also very good transfers of pre-war material from metal
> parts done by Doug Pomeroy, in the "Centennial" and "Platinum Glenn
> Miller" CDs. It is shellac pressings that give the typical high noise.
> Regards  Don Cox  [log in to unmask]


-------- Original Message --------
On 06/06/2012, DAVID BURNHAM wrote:

> Nope, that's not it entirely; the most awesome sounding set, "The
> Secret Broadcasts", were studio recordings made between March and June
> of 1944. 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.
>