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Re: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Dynamic-frequency Range
As a rule the European Polydors,andespeciallt the
Ultraphone/Telefunkens are superior pressings to the
Brunswicks of the period.
--- David Lennick <dlennick@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Matter of fact, there were recordings we never got,
> such as a Mengelberg Tchaikovsky
> 5th on Brunswick, because they didn't pass the "wear
> test". The range on some of the
> Western Electric test recordings in 1923-24 was
> quite impressive..many of them sound
> far better than the electricals we finally began to
> get from Victor, while some are
> very thin because they were experimenting with
> various filters and settings (which
> are marked on the discs).
> Don Tait wrote:
> > A very interesting and rewarding reponse. May I
> add something about the
> > dynamic response on the earliest electrical 78s?
> > It seems clear that from the beginning the
> electrical system was able to
> > record a huge dynamic range. The classic example
> that I've seen cited in many
> > places is USA Columbia's first electrical release,
> 50013-D (Black Label):
> > Trad.-Andrews: "John Peel"
> > Portugal: "Adeste Fidelis"
> > Associated Glee Clubs of America (LIve,
> Metropolitan Opera House, March
> > 1925)
> > The dynamic range on "John Peel" is astounding.
> Finding a copy that wasn't
> > chewed to pieces in the climaxes by heavy early
> pickups is difficult. And
> > that's why every company cut back on the dynamic
> range of electrical recordings:
> > the pickups of the time would quickly destory the
> loud passages on the records.
> > Roland Gelatt might have written about this in his
> publications; some did,
> > but I can't remember where for sure.
> > I regret that I do not have the equipment to
> provide scientific data about
> > this.
> > Don Tait
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