Here is a list of articles about various aspects of 78 rpm records. Just click a link to read one of them. Some of them are still being added to, or may still be ongoing, as at October 2018.
WHAT IS A “78” RPM RECORD?
A basic description – you’ll find that not many in our time period actually ‘go’ at 78 rpm!
GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED RE. 78s.
What is a master, a matrix, electrotyping, or vertical cut? This page explains many of the basic terms.
HOW DO WE PLAY 78s?
Notes on some options available for playing 78 discs They cover modern electrical methods, as well as info. on traditional spring-driven gramophones.
WHAT DO EARLY 78Ss SOUND LIKE?
On this page you can listen to some early 78s with a wide range of content – music, speech &c.
EDISON BELL – SOME NOTES ON THIS FAMOUS COMPANY.
Here is the scarce recording made by James E. Hough, boss of Edison Bell, shortly before he died in early 1925. You can also read a booklet of 1924, a company history, doubtless tied in with the disc.
ARE WE PLAYING OUR 78s IN THEIR TRUE PITCH?
This potentially complex issue is considered from a simple starting point: dance band & jazz records are the easiest to get right.
HOW 78 RPM RECORDS WERE MADE.
A quick look at the various ‘process routes’ in the manufacture of early discs.
NUMBERS, LETTERS & CODES ON 78 RPM RECORDS.
Makers usually included extra numbers and letters here & there on discs, for their own use. But we can use that info. too…
THE HMV LABEL DOWN THE YEARS.
Simply a picture gallery of the many different designs used by ‘Mighty HMV’ on just one series of their discs. It covers 1912 to 1960.
HOMOPHONE DATE CODES.
This early company was very kind to future discographers, because they included very specific dates on their discs until 1927.
DISC HOME RECORDING DEVICES.
People always wanted to make their own disc records. A number of such devices were put on sale; a few of them are described on this page.