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Vintage Audio - Truly A Blast From the Past


I'll be the first to admit that most people know little about vintage audio as far as the history and trivia goes, but everyone has heard of a phonograph or Gramophone...even if only thanks to an episode of Little House on the Praire or something along those lines! Most of us also know that it was that American genius, Thomas Edison, that is credited with becoming the first person to record and play back the human voice, on December 4, 1877. Since that fateful day, listeners have recorded all manner of sounds with devices that even Edison never thought of in his wildest dreams!

Even Edison didn’t realize the historic impact of his phonograph. After inventing the first successful audio recording device, Edison got sidetracked and didn't get back to developing the phonograph for about another 10 years. By that time, his first patents had expired. Driven by the need to keep newly interested competitors at bay, the inventor formed the Edison Phonograph Corporation to sell both phonographs and recordings on wax cylinders. The Edison Company went out of business in 1929.

In 1888, a German immigrant by the name of Emile Berliner, settled in the city of Washington, D.C. patented a talking machine that also recorded and played back sound. Instead of wax cylinders like Edison used, however, Berliner used a flat recording disc with a stylus that cut a spiral groove while the stylus moved up and down vertically to record the sound. This became known as the “hill-and-dale” vertical cut. Berliner called his machine the Gramophone. Berliner’s machine soon became the worldwide standard, mainly because it was now possible to produce thousands of records inexpensively pressed from one master disc.

Historians find it ironic that today, a turntable for playing records is called a “phonograph,” when in reality it was Berliner’s Gramophone that pioneered this vintage audio technology!

After Berliner’s invention, musical records were made on discs that turned on the Gramophone at 78 revolutions per minute, or 78 rpms. These were not the kind of pristine recordings most listeners enjoy today, because they were full of what collectors now call “hiss, crackle and pop.” These distortions resulted from the “hill-and-dale” recording technique, but these vintage audio recordings were still a technological wonder of their age.

Collectors who go for truly vintage audio will find they span a range of technologies: 78 records, wax cylinders, wire recorders, and oxide covered paper tapes, which were the forerunner of today's magnetic tape. The easiest place for a novice collector to start is with Vintage 78s, since they’re most widely available. Amazingly, these valuable audio antiques can be found at flea markets or better yet, in the collections of family ancestors.

Some collectors like to specialize in certain traditions, such as Victrolas , "Talking Machines," Gramophones, etc. These devotees say that the sound produced by an early model of any of these lines is truly unique, and often transfer the recordings to compact disc acoustically using a quality microphone, in order to preserve the uniqueness of the sound.

For these hobbyists, “restoring” a vintage audio recording is little short of blasphemy. Ever hiss, pop, crackle, every scratch, click and hiss  -- even the background noise of a vintage players’ spring-driven motor – represents an audio link to a precious past. More than anything Vintage audio enthusiasts want to preserve that “blast from the past” in its original state, a kind of audio time warp machine that transports them to a historic era that listening to those same songs on an iPod just won't do!




 




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