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Google is right - I get 5.7 grams on my small digital scale, which only goes out to 1 decimal place. A nickel is 5 grams. 

Best,
Gary



-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Haley
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2018 10:03 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Shoenberg: Gurrelieder Stokowski vinyl 78 M-127 tracking problems

In a worst case, more weight can help, although that does the record no
good.  Increase the arm weight to about 5 grams and see if that's any
better.  Or you could try putting a nickel or a quarter on top the
cartridge shell.  I've done that where nothing else works.  Google tells me
that a quarter weighs 5.67 grams.

Best,
John


On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 9:25 AM, 6295LARGE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Donald,
>
> How are you?
>
> Thanks for clearing that up.  It IS interesting!
> I still have a tracking problem which is the original reason I posted here.
> I've tried many different styli, even LP, but they always skip.
> I looks like the grooves are jerky, but even if I play it at 45 or 33 so as
> to make the jerking less violent, they stylus still jumps forward.
> I've cleaned them with Nitty Gritty solution for vinyl, but to no avail.
>
> The records really feel like vinyl, but the label is the scrolled red
> label.  It has a VE at the top and bottom.
>
> Regards,
> Ben
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 2:11 PM Donald Tait <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Hi Ben,
> >   There seems to be a bit of confusion.
> >
> >   As Dennis Rooney pointed out, the first pressings of Victor M-127, the
> > 78-rpm issue of Stokowski's recording of Gurrelieder, were made not with
> > standard shellac, but with the Victrolac compound (with the standard
> scroll
> > labels). I own one. If your discs play at 78 rpm, that is what you have,
> > too. All subsequent pressings of M-127 were made of standard shellac. The
> > version of Gurrelieder issued on the 33-1/3 rpm Program Transcription
> discs
> > in set LM-127 were also made of Victrolac, but as Rich Kaplan said, that
> is
> > a separate (and very scarce) set.
> >
> >   Don Tait
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: 6295LARGE <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: ARSCLIST <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Thu, Sep 20, 2018 12:03 pm
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Shoenberg: Gurrelieder Stokowski vinyl 78 M-127
> > tracking problems
> >
> > Hi Rich,
> > Thanks for the email, but It's not the Vitrolac.  It's M-127 with the
> > scrolled red label.
> > I guess it was  made after they invented vinyl, but it's terrible when I
> > try to play it.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Ben
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 3:52 PM Richard Kaplan <
> > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Ben,
> > >
> > > From what you describe, what you have is almost certainly the Victrolac
> > > "Program Transcription" as Gary describes. How to tell: the album
> number
> > is
> > > LM-127 as opposed to simply M or DM; and, the discs have a silver label
> > as
> > > opposed to the standard red label for 78s. These are not "78s" at all,
> > but
> > > early long-play discs that were cut at 33.3. The set is quite rare.
> > >
> > > As for tracking, the grooves are narrower than those of regular 78s; my
> > > copy also mistracks with a standard 78 stylus. Mark Obert-Thorn
> > recommends
> > > a 2.0 mil stylus.
> > >
> > > Rich Kaplan
> > >
> > > In a message dated 9/19/2018 2:34:11 PM Central Standard Time,
> > > [log in to unmask] writes:
> > >
> > >
> > >  Hi Ben,
> > >
> > > I should have read your first sentence more carefully. What you
> describe
> > > as vinyl is actually Victrolac, a "thermoplastic resin" that Victor
> > > developed for the long-playing Program Transcriptions. There was quite
> a
> > > bit of discussion a few weeks back about Victrolac on this list.
> > >
> > > Is the stylus picking up any dirt? Dennis Rooney described a problem
> with
> > > Victrolac records oozing sticky gook into the grooves. Perhaps he can
> > > respond and refresh our memories on this.
> > >
> > > Gary
> > >
> > > ____________________________
> > >
> > > Gary Galo
> > > Audio Engineer Emeritus
> > > The Crane School of Music
> > > SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
> > >
> > > "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
> > > Arnold Schoenberg
> > >
> > > "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
> > > Igor Markevitch
> > >
> > > "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
> > > audible,
> > > on that system nothing will be audible."
> > > G. Galo
> > >
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
> > > [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of 6295LARGE
> > > Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:26 PM
> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Shoenberg: Gurrelieder Stokowski vinyl 78 M-127
> > > tracking problems
> > >
> > > Hi Gary,
> > >
> > > I never heard of Victrolac.
> > >  I'm sure the record is clean, because I just cleaned it.
> > > I cleaned it with "PURE 2 - Professional record cleaner from by "Nitty
> > > Gritty"
> > >
> > > I has the scroll label and it feels like vinyl. Is it not vinyl?
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Ben
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 3:17 PM Gary A. Galo <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi Ben,
> > > >
> > > > Is this a Victrolac pressing with scroll labels, or regular shellac?
> My
> > > > Victrolac copy has a lot of crud in the grooves, a problem with that
> > > > material that was mentioned a few weeks back on this list. If this is
> > the
> > > > case, the records need a good cleaning.
> > > >
> > > > I also had, at one time, a post-war shellac pressing with RCA Victor
> > > > labels, and a banner-style cover on the album. I've used a 2.5 mil TE
> > on
> > > > both sets without problems.
> > > >
> > > > Best,
> > > > Gary
> > > >
> > > > ____________________________
> > > >
> > > > Gary Galo
> > > > Audio Engineer Emeritus
> > > > The Crane School of Music
> > > > SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
> > > >
> > > > "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
> > > > Arnold Schoenberg
> > > >
> > > > "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
> > > > Igor Markevitch
> > > >
> > > > "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
> > > > audible,
> > > > on that system nothing will be audible."
> > > > G. Galo
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
> > > > [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of 6295LARGE
> > > > Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:07 PM
> > > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > > > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Shoenberg: Gurrelieder Stokowski vinyl 78 M-127
> > > > tracking problems
> > > >
> > > > Hello everyone
> > > >
> > > > I never thought I'd have tracking problems with these beautiful vinyl
> > > 78s,
> > > > but i do.
> > > > I know they've been reissued on LP and CD, but, strange as it may
> > seem, I
> > > > need to have the 78's for transferring purposes.
> > > > The styli are jumping. I've even tried with a .7 mil stylus just to
> see
> > > if
> > > > it would track better.
> > > > I tried playing the records at 45 and 33, but the styli keep jumping
> > > > forward. It looks as though the grooves are jerky while the records
> > look
> > > > brand new.
> > > >
> > > > Has anyone ever come across this problem?
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Ben Roth
> > > > PLEASE respond to [log in to unmask]
> > > >
> > > > Thanks!
> > > >
> > >
> >
>