Edison Diamond Disc: 51203-R Year: 1923

File Name: tellme.mp3

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Playing Time: 3:19


Dave Kaplan was a studio arranger and director for Edison. Dave was the director of Kaplan's Melodists. In 1926 Dave became the regular pianist for Billy Jones & Ernest Hare, The Happiness Boys.


 Turtle Talk:

This surface of this diamond disc is clean but its outer edge exhibits swelling from exposure to excessive moisture. As a result the disc is not flat. You will hear a swishing noise during the first minute or so of this performance. The swishing is a result of the up and down movement of the modern stylus and cartridge as it bravely (and successfully) follows the record groove in "two to four foot waves." Sadly the other side of this disc could not be captured, the waves were too high for Turtle's stylus/cartridge which tracks at a maximum of 5.5 grams.

It is likely that an Edison Diamond Disc phonograph and reproducer (which exerts a greater pressure than the modern Stanton 500 cartridge) would follow the groove. However, the Edison phonograph too would reproduce the "swishing" of this slightly wavy disc.

Nonetheless, Turtle believes you will find this water caused imperfection, a minor distraction.


 Tech Tidbits:

Edison Diamond Disc 51203-R was transferred using a 3.7 mil spherical stylus in a Stanton 500 cartridge at 80 rpm. Turtle used Cool Edit and DC-ART 32 software to reduce noise and to adjust for frequency equalization differences between modern preamplifiers and acoustical recordings.



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