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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, November 1, 2021 3:18 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] TalkBalk discs

If they are the pregrooved zinc discs you won’t hear anything on them.

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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Segal, Marcia <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, November 1, 2021 3:12:13 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] TalkBalk discs

/facepalm

That would indeed be TalkBack. Thanks for the catch.

Sincerely,
Marcia


Marcia K. Segal
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540-4610
Phone: 202.707.5861

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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Ron Roscoe
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2021 3:04 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] TalkBalk discs

TALKBALK discs?????  Not TalkBack???

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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Segal, Marcia
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2021 12:58 PM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] TalkBalk discs

Good afternoon,

The American Folklife Center has a few of these TalkBalk discs in one of our collections. Anybody have experience with digitizing these discs? I'd be interested in hearing from you. Photos of both discs and the container are available. Please feel free to respond either on- or off-list.

Sincerely,
Marcia

Now that I have seen the photographs, I realize these were the discs I saw and photographed back in the 1970s when the recorded sound division was still in the old Jefferson Building. They are wax coated on top of a grooved core that might be heavy card. They looked very delicate 40+ years ago. I wonder if IRENE might be the best route to go with them. Any recording would be rather weak. These were recorded with an inexpensive recording head on a small horn about 8 inches long as per the illustration. These later were marketed with aluminum blanks with a grooved tracker disc to guide the head.
Michael Biel

Marcia K. Segal
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540-4610
Phone: 202.707.5861