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Hi Tom- we are using a modern microphone with the lathe, and digitally recording each piece as it's being cut as well. We also produce an mp3 recording of each 78. 

You'd be surprised how many musicians want to record a 78! 

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> On 17 Sep 2014, at 18:46, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> If you make a recording booth, you might learn from past bad ideas and make sure it's heavily damped so it doesn't sound like the performers are inside a cardboard box. While I understand the novelty cachet of this trend of using ancient disk recorders to cut one-off lacquers of modern performers, I think purposely using outmoded and low-fidelity methods is silly. If I were doing this, I would at least use a better microphone than was available for these things in the 1940s, and would try to improve the electronics and the cutting stylus, if possible and practical. And, if I were the performers, I would insist that a high-fidelity digital recorder with good modern mics is running at the same time in case I hit a once-in-a-career performace by accident. It would be terrible to have someone bring their A+ game for that one day and have it captured by an old low-fi antique.
> 
> -- Tom Fine
> 
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] recording booths
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> 
>> You might check with Rainbo records in Santa Barbara.  They used to make
>> most of the discs that were used in these machines.  And look up
>> Mutoscope.  There also was an Empire State Building recording booth that
>> was not only in the Empire State building.  It was similar.  Indeed, the
>> main problem might be getting blank discs because a regular aluminum
>> base lacquer disc won't work. It crimps dimples in the label area of the
>> discs to keep the disc in place.  Discs were fibre base or thin
>> aluminum.
>> 
>> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]
>> 
>> 
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] recording booths
>> From: Lorna Fulton <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Wed, September 17, 2014 10:16 am
>> To: [log in to unmask]
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>> Many thanks- this is a great start! If anyone knows of any research /
>> publications as well, that would be brilliant!
>> 
>> 
>> Lorna Fulton
>> e: [log in to unmask]
>> t:
>> + 44 (0) 7771 692971
>> 
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>>> On 17/09/2014 10:55, "CJB" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Google in your friend ...
>>> 
>>> http://retrodundee.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/railway-recording-booths-1960s.h
>>> tml
>>> 
>>> http://www.dinosaursandrobots.com/2008/11/mutoscope-voice-o-graph-coin-ope
>>> rated.html
>>> 
>>> http://wcardoneproductions.com/blog/2013/the-voice-o-graph-recording-booth
>>> s-of-the-1940s/
>>> 
>>> http://www.dhrecordings.com/dhr_malls.html
>>> 
>>> http://www.skooldays.com/categories/arcade/ag1271.htm
>>> 
>>> etc., etc.
>>> 
>>>> On 17/09/2014, Lorna Fulton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> Hi, I'm new to this list, so forgive me if this question has been
>>>> answered
>>>> before!
>>>> I'm based in the UK and doing a project recording contemporary
>>>> musicians on
>>>> a 78 presto lathe- one mic, one take, one cut. We're then building this
>>>> into
>>>> a contemporary archive. The majority of the musicians are those who play
>>>> traditionally inspired music (recently recorded Sheesham & Lotus & son
>>>> (Toronto) and the lost brothers (Ireland)).
>>>> We're looking to further develop the project by building a traditional
>>>> recording booth- of the voice o graph type- the ones which used to be
>>>> around
>>>> in the 40s-60s, which would then travel around cities, placed where the
>>>> old
>>>> recording booths used to be, where the public could record a record, and
>>>> there would be a range of performances from musicians we have worked
>>>> with.
>>>> 
>>>> I've already been in touch with the British Library and the British
>>>> Sound
>>>> Archive looking for any archival/historical information on these
>>>> recording
>>>> booths, but they have been unable to find anything, so referred me to
>>>> this
>>>> list. I know Jack White has a voice o graph in his studio, but aside
>>>> from
>>>> that, am finding it very hard to find out anything about their history-
>>>> if
>>>> anyone could help, that would be brilliant!
>>>> Thank you!
>>>> Lorna Fulton
>>>> e: [log in to unmask]
>>>> t: + 44 (0) 7771 692971
>>