Articles about 78s.

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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 September 2017.

WHAT IS A “78” RPM RECORD?

A basic description – you’ll find that not many in our time period actually ‘go’ at 78 rpm!

 

WHAT DO EARLY 78S SOUND LIKE?

On this page you can listen to some early 78s with a wide range of content – music, speech &c.

 

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 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.

 

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British disc records of the 'Acoustic' Era.