POTD 014 : Bloomingdale's Record Shop 1904

October 22, 2009 - cgb


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POTD 013 : EMT 927 in Addis Abeba, 1964

October 19, 2009 - cgb


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This is another nice picture, thie time showing a radio station in Addis Abeba in 1964.


Here the turntables are the EMT 927, even bigger than the 930s from the last post. Their platter measures 16 inches!






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POTD 012 : EMT 930s in Central African Republic, 1970s

October 18, 2009 - cgb


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Now this is a pic I really like. It shows a radio station in the Central African Republic sometime in the 70s. And see what the DJ is playing...


The turntables are the over-engineered and extremely sturdy EMT 930, made by Elektromesstechnik Wilhelm Franz KG.





They can also be spotted here, with Mikey Dread at the controls...

After tte recent posts mainly having showed the record cutting process, the next ones will focus on them being played...


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POTD 011: Goofy und der Schallplattenteig

October 05, 2009 - cgb




Here's an interesting take about manufacturing records...
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POTD 010 : 60 Years ago this month: Introducing Stereophonic Records

October 03, 2009 - cgb



Cover of the October 1959 special issue of Electronics World



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POTD 009 : Beardsley Transcription Lathe 1940s

October 02, 2009 - cgb


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This is a Beardsley transcription lathe, photo was probably taken in the 1940s.


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POTD 008 : Electrical Disc Recording at Bell Labs, 1927

September 30, 2009 - cgb




Vitaphone engineer George Groves at a 1927 electrical disc recording machine

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Here is another view of the studio, these amplifiers are HUGE!


This machine is a Vitaphonic model. At that time, discs were still cut in wax.
After being electroplated, they were used for sound-on-film.
Here you can see a projector with turntable to pick up the sound.
In order to assemble a movie soundtrack from various sources, the sound had to be dubbed from disc to disc.
Up to 50 records had to be dubbed for every 10 minute reel.


This picture from 1930 shows a row of turntables at the dubbing suite.

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POTD 007 : Dubplate cutting on Japanese battleship during World War II

September 29, 2009 - cgb



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This is one of my favourites. It shows a Japanese seaman during WW2. I assume he is recording morse code. As you might know every signalman has his own signature rhythm. In order to detect if the received signals were authentic they were recorded by the enemy radio operators and memorised.


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POTD 006 : Vinyl Press in Madrid before the Civil War

September 28, 2009 - cgb



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This is a rare pic. I guess it is a Fabel press from Belgium.





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POTD 005 : Studio One's C.S. Dodd with his cutting lathe

September 27, 2009 - cgb


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This is a real gem: founder of
Studio One and operator of Downbeat Sound System, Clement Coxsone Dodd working at his lathe.
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POTD 004 : Sam Phillips at his legendary Sun Studio

September 26, 2009 - cgb


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OK, this is going to be a slightly lenghthy post... Here we see the pioneering producer
Sam Phillips in the control room of Sun Studios with his Presto 6N cutting lathe and Ampex 350 tape recorder some time in the fifties. Sam Phillips also offered a dubplate cutting service, and one day Elvis Presley walked in to record a song for his mother's birthday on acetate. Sam immediately spotted the potential of the guy and called him back in for a professional recording session with band.




Sam Phillips (far right) at the console in Sun Studios with (left to right) Elvis Presley, Bill Black and Scotty Moore
If you listen to the early Sun recordings, the sound is really impressive, unusually bass heavy for the time, even comparable to Studio One sound. Here is Sam's other disc cutting recorder, a
RCA model.

Artists who launched their career at Sun Studios include Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas.

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POTD 003 : Joe Meek at IBC disc cutting studio

September 25, 2009 - cgb

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Here we see
Joe Meek at what I beleieve to be a Presto cutting lathe. Photo was taken at IBC Studios, London, mid-sixties.

Read more about Joe Meek...
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POTD 002 : Dread At The Controls

September 25, 2009 - cgb


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This one shows Mikey Dread during his radio show ' Dread At The Controls' in the studio of
JBC (Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation) some time in the mid-seventies. Look at the mighty EMT turntables.


Here
's some info.

New category added to my blog

September 23, 2009 - cgb


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I added a new category to my blog and website (which is still pretty much beta). It's called "Pic Of The Day" and I will post a picture I like and want to share every day... well, erm, nearly every day, uh, let's say: on some days. Just wait and see...