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Re: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Dynamic-frequency Range
Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
> As a rule the European Polydors,andespeciallt the
> Ultraphone/Telefunkens are superior pressings to the
> Brunswicks of the period.
> Roger Kulp
Except that early electrical Polydors are just as ghastly as Brunswicks of the
time for recording quality..collectors joke that the "be" prefix on them stands
for "barely electrical". No question of the superior pressings though, for much
of that era..by 1940 Telefunkens and Polydors were coming from the same plant
and weren't as quiet as they had been. And by the mid 30s, Brunswick was
starting to press its old catalog and much new material from Polydor in
gorgeous laminated editions, because they were being included in the Carnegie
Collections which were already responsible for keeping older Victor and
Columbia album sets in print in the best pressings possible.
> --- 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).
> > dl
> > 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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