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Re: [ARSCLIST] Pristine Audio and the Milllennials . . .
Most classical 78s are not heavily played.Some Carusos,etc.,but I personally don't care for opera,so I have no real knowledge of this.Rarity has been created in the near-50 years since the 78 died.How often do you see blue shellac Columbias,wartime EMI 78s by Von Karajan ( I mention this,as I recently scored one.),or Victor batwing leather-bound album sets ? 78s break,creating fewer copies over time.Millions were recycled during the war effort.You may see 1000s of Tommy Dorsey on Victor,but finding The Robins on early 50s RCA,is a bit of a different story.I buy and sell 78s on eBay. Non-operatic classical,and 1945-60 R&B/rock are my meat.Interest in both has increased greatly on eBay in recent years.I would never have dreamed I would one day see a 1940 German Telefunken Josef Keilberth or Willem Mengelberg set actually sell for $375,or near mint 78s of fairly common 50s R&B go for $60 or so a pop,but they do,all the time.
Tom Fine <tflists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: Mike's intitial answer was what I was getting at with this suggestion. Note that I didn't suggest
doing this with a pristine copy. I have a whole box of Salvation Army nickel-priced 78's for just
this purpose. Note that 78's were a MASS medium and hence thousands of copies of a given song are
likely found, in heavily-played condition, at your local thrift stores around the world. There are
some rarities, for sure, but I wasn't talking about those.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Richter"
Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2007 1:04 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Pristine Audio and the Milllennials . . .
> Howard Friedman wrote:
>> Why would ANYONE want to play a 78rpm record on an old Victrola or any other vintage phonograph -
>> er, pardon me, gramophone, with a weight of 30 or more grams on the stylus, scraping away what is
>> probably the best recorded surface that was ever on the record, when one has state-of-the-art
>> turntables today that need a mere 2-3 grams weight?
> Because the sound may reflect what one's ancestors heard.
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