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[ARSCLIST] Is this 1929 Harmony Recording Acoustic? (Harmony 308H)

Recorded shortly before Henry Ford retracted his remarks in the Dearborn Independent.-"Yidisher Charleston"
If you have Real Audio, you can listen. Will work with as low as a 56K dial-up.
I always thought this was an electric recording.
RA Friedman, Archivist
Freedman Jewish Music Archive
University of Pennsylvania

david diehl <david.diehl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Rob Bamberger"
03/17/2004 11:27 AM
>I vaguely recall that you told me once that while Harmony remained
for a time after the introduction of electrical recording, it did
get some sort of electrical system that was inferior, and that some of
Harmony's that I'd described as acoustic were actually crummy
electrics... .
Is this right? At what point did they get electrical equipment?

Columbia was in receivership during 1924-5 as a result of the post-WW I
recession and its own inept business practices. It needed to invest in
the WE system to be competitive with Victor but it did have a sizable
investment in acoustic equipment on the books. To satisfy the bean
counters the budget label Harmony was trotted out. Cheap records for
cheap players and no royalty to Western Electric. The! acoustic system
had been tweaked for increased bass response and the records were very
popular among younger consumers of dance hits.

I've never seen any evidence that Columbia developed or adopted a
homegrown system in 1930. Perhaps they negotiated a suspension of
royalties for lower priced labels.

David J. Diehl
Library Director
Texas State Technical College

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