Neat string band 78rpm record I found over the weekend. I Couldn't Believe That It Was True by Denver Darling & His Smokey Mountain Hillbillies. DeLuxe Records 5036-B.
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78rpm shellac discs are much more fragile than vinyl. The early history of phonograph records is one of alot of experimentation with different materials,sizes and playback speeds. Eventually shellac discs became standardised at about 78rpms[revolutions per minute].These discs were produced up until the late 1950s when vinyl made them obsolete. Home stereo systems produced even up until the early 1980s usually had 3 or 4 speed playback functions to accomodate 78 and 16&2/3 as well as the typical 33&1/3 and 45rpm speeds. I have an old BSR turntable from the 70's which I use to transfer 78s and 16&2/3 recordings. These 78s require a special needle as well, one that is wider than your standard stylus used on vinyl. I'm not a big collector of 78s, they're just too fragile and break too easily. However if I find interesting ones for a few dollars I'll pick them up. The same day I found this one I also found a 1914 recording of Carl Schlegel singing Deutschland Uber Alles and Die Wacht am Rhein for $4!
78rpm. I guess that would be substantially different from a 33-1/2rpm vinyl. What kind of equipment do you need to play one of those, and where was a 78rpm originally used?
Actually this disc is not vinyl, it's made from shellac and is very fragile. If dropped it would shatter like glass.
These old classic-country vinyl records are just great. I've got a number of records just like it!
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