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On 9/2/2014 19:33, Tom Fine wrote:
> Here is a lossy version of one of the Ellington recordings:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGt9uXmTd8A
>
> Why does the phase seem to waver? Is it timing errors between the disk
> playbacks?
>

There were subtle differences in the speed of the turntables. Seth 
Winner mentioned (in a 78-L posting many years ago) that when he 
transferred these for the "Complete RCA Victor Recordings" box, he 
played both "channel" discs at once on two turntables, and manually 
fine-tuned the pitch of one as they played, to maintain sync.

Michael Shoshani
Chicago