[Dixielandjazz] The New Music Reproduction Technology

Ron L'Herault lherault at bu.edu
Mon Nov 13 08:30:44 PST 2006

I can still play disks that are more than 100 years old.  I've got one from
1899 and another from a year earlier.  They don't sound great, a combination
of the technology used and wear.  However, I also have disks that were
either very well cared for and/or not played a lot dating from around 1905
that sound wonderful.  The key is changing the needle after each disk is
played.  The needle wore so that the record would not.  I also have cylinder
records that are 100 years old, still quite playable and enjoyable.

Ron L

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Steve Barbone
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 10:31 AM
To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The New Music Reproduction Technology

"Phil O'Rourke" <philor at webone.com.au> wrote (polite snip)
> I am wondering how "Busta Hyman & the penetrators" or whatever there name
> this week will do in 50 years time, <SNIP>

That brings up a question. Just how stable is an old 78? How many plays
before it degrades? How long will it last if never played. How would we
know, if we never played it?

Has anybody played one of those 85 year old 78's lately to determine this?

Steve Barbone

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