[Dixielandjazz] acetate or Cardboard

Jack Tracy JackTracy26 at msn.com
Sun Dec 4 13:13:06 PST 2005

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Robert S. Ringwald<mailto:robert at ringwald.com> 
  To: DJML<mailto:dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com> 
  Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2005 12:37 PM
  Subject: [Dixielandjazz] acetate or Cardboard


  I have an argument going, well not exactly an argument, a friendly 
  discussion, with Mad Dawg.  He claims the material that the Bing Crosby out 
  take would have been pressed on is cardboard with some sort of plastic 
  coating like what home made records were made of back in the 50s.  I 
  remember those as my parents had one of those turntables.

  As I remember, the flexible 78 that my grandmother had was more like a LP. 
  I don't think it was cardboard but it could have been as Mad Dawg says, 
  cardboard with a coating of something.
  In an post from Bill Haussler, who also had that recording, Bill says it was 
  acetate.  Is acetate, cardboard?  Or what they make LPs out of?  or was 
  acetate the hard material that most 78s were made out of?


  It probably was a disc then commonly used to make copies of recordings. As I remember, it was a thin sheet of metal coated with what was probably acetate and was unbreakable and  somewhat flexible. I would guess that's what your grandmother was given.

  There were cheap cardboard-like discs also available for making home recordings, but they wouldn't have been used by any professional who made copies of recordings on professional equipment for a price.

  Most 78s were made of shellac and were stiff, unyielding and could  easily be cracked or broken.

  Jack Tracy

  --Bob Ringwald K6YBV
  The Fulton Street Jazz Band
  The Boondockers (Jazz and Comedy)

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