I've worked a lot with Emersons in the LOC's collection, and while we
don't have many duplicates of the same record so that I could aurally
compare different takes, I did notice that the matrix information (e.g.
3391-1) was usually matched by the known discographical information.
Which, of course, only means that previous discographers have taken that
matrix info to be take-number information, but that may count for
Furthermore, for the acoustic era I don't see anything odd about one
copy have 2 first takes and another having a second/third takes. I've
seen similar situations on many labels in the acoustic era; Victor,
Columbia, Edison, etc.
Until something definitive comes along saying otherwise, I think it
would be safest to assume that the matrix information refers to the take
David Seubert <seubert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 6/19/2009 1:42 PM >>>
I'm de-duping a stack of 9" Emerson discs and in the dead wax there is
what appears to be a matrix followed by a take number. However, there
are too many different take numbers for me to believe they are take
numbers. For example, I have one copy of #9118 with 3391-1/3397-1 and
another with 3391-2/3397-3. Are these stampers? Does anybody know how to
distinguish alternate takes on Emerson discs?
David Seubert, Curator
Performing Arts Collection
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010
Tel: 805-893-5444 Fax: 805-893-5749