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Re: [ARSCLIST] Mailing lists for Phonograph Cylinders

D P Ingram wrote:
Dear Members:

Are there any recommendable mailing lists (and if not, is there interest in one) for phonograph cylinders, collections, restorations, discographical queries and the like that can be recommended?

There are some cylinder collectors included in the members of the 78-L, but that list has been down all week for repairs. Stay tuned here for notice when Ron Fial is able to get the list up again because you can't join till it is ready. Despite the title 78-L it is not only about 78 discs but about all types of recordings from the 78 ERA, and that includes cylinders, broadcast transcriptions, film sound, early LPs, reissues of these recordings, even wire and early tape recordings. ARSC itself has a cylinder committee, and it is headed by Bill Klinger who might be a member of this ARSCList. Allan Koenigsberg and Ron Dethlefson are the major Edison experts and are on the 78-L. The other major Edison expert, as well as THE expert of the early phonograph industry, Ray Wile, is not on these lists but is easily contacted by phone or snail mail. Jerry Fabris of the Edison National Historic Site is occasionally on the 78-L and might even be here. There are a couple of other people on the 78-L who have worked with Jerry in the past but are not too happy with him at the present time. And of course there is the major web project of Univ of California at Santa Barbara, and David Seubert who heads the project might be on this list.

Also, on a tangent, are there any discographers here with interest in sound effect collections, particularly those from the British Broadcasting Corporation?
Best wishes, Darren ¦ D P Ingram ¦ Ab Ingram Oy ¦ ¦ darren at ingram.fi ¦ www.ingram.fi ¦

The major collector and discographer of broadcast music library services is Graham Newton of Canada. As an adjunct of this he also has a passing interest in sound effects libraries since many of them were affiliated with the music libraries. I have a couple hundred sound effects 78s, the full set of the Films for Humanities version of the BBC Sound Effects LP library, most of the CBS LP effects library, several dozens of the commercial sound effects LPs on Elektra, Audio Fidelity, BBC, etc, and a number of catalogs I've picked up from my years in broadcasting. These are areas that have not had extensive discographical attention. Old Time Radio collectors have shown a remarkable disinterest in discographical details of any type, and don't seem to have any interest in sound effects recordings, only the programs they were used in.

When Morty Savada died I retold the story of how I saved a hundred or so sound effects 78s from destruction in the hands of a rather beautiful young "performance artist" who broke 78s on her butt to the rhythm of David Rose's "The Stripper" in her act. Morty sold her junk 78s for a quarter for that purpose and I just happened to be there to protect the box of sound effects records he was going to sell her. We sacrificed a language lesson set instead. I wish I found out where she was performing, because she was delectable.

Mike Biel mbiel@xxxxxxxxx

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