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Re: [ARSCLIST] Stereo records.
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From: "Michael Shoshani" <mshoshani@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> On Friday 16 June 2006 10.08, Steven Smolian wrote:
> > The issue is quite complex. I have an Edison cylinder cartalog from
> > Read, read, read.
> > Get hold of "From Tinfoil to Stereo" in any edition except that revised
> > Leah Burt (she chopped out much important data._
> I've been familiar with Tinfoil for 30 years, and have had the 1976
> for nearly that long :) (I cut my teeth on the late 1950s version, along
> Roland Gelatt's "The Fabulous Phonograph".)
> I was quibbling with an RCA trade advert that claimed that RCA Victor
> the phonograph and record industry. Edison was issuing cylinders in 1891,
> yes, BUT... Edison, Columbia, and a host of smaller regional phonograph
> companies, were issuing pre-recorded cylinders several years before that.
> Part of the North American Phonograph alliance was to promote the sales of
> pre-recorded music, in both graphophone and cylinder formats until the
> smaller graphophone cylinder died a natural death.
> I credited the Bell-Tainter Graphophone specifically because until it
> appeared, the Edison Phonograph had lay dormant for the better part of a
> decade. Once someone started tinkering with his favorite invention, The
> Man set about improving his own machine with, among other things, the
> wax cylinder that eventually permitted moulded pre-recorded records to
> in the first place. The Graphophone cylinder was woefully inadequate for
> task, but because it was introduced it spurred Edison to come up with the
> records and phonographs that became the recognized standard. WIth that,
> sound recording industry began to take shape as local and regional
> began issuing their own standardized recordings.
I had always understood that the first pre-recorded cylinders were probably
offered in 1889, but that the earliest list of offered cylinders was dated
in early 1890?
Steven C. Barr