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Most of catalogues of the small United States mono labels ca. 1949-1958 probably are unavailable. There are very few releases on the following labels that are available on CD to my knowledge: SPA, American Recording Society, Dial, Period, Remington, Urania, Coronet, Golden Crest, Colosseum, Allegro, Ars Nova/Ars Antigua, Advance, and OMG (LOL), among many others, simply never were transferred. Taking those labels alone, we’re probably around 90% unavailable. But as these labels issued fewer recordings and in very small amounts, we’re probably looking at about only 30% of the total LPs produced in the U.S.




> On Aug 9, 2017, at 10:35 AM, Richardson, Jonathan Carrithers <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Asking for a friend. Hoping someone can help settle an argument.
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> Maybe this has been discussed in the past on the ARSC list, but does anyone know what percentage of classical music recordings on LP made it to CD or at least into the digital realm? Someone told me once that less than 20% of commercially available classical music on LP crossed over to CD. I don’t believe it.  To me that sounds like an awful lot of music that will soon be lost even though I don’t think LPs are going away anytime soon.
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> Of course this is probably a tough question to know the exact answer to but I thought maybe someone here might know a ballpark figure.
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> thanks
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