Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Transcription Mystery Disc #147
This is a Silvertone 8.5" acetate recording. It spins at 78 rpm and is a bit beat up. I managed to remove the bits of stuck on label and then coax some decent audio out of it. the recording is of a solo piano performance. I don't recognize the tune, but the playing is competent far beyond the student level, certainly at the level of a performing musician or at least a very experienced hack. The disc is entirely unlabeled and undated. Phonozoic dates their steel ore Silvertone discs to the early 1905s, I have no basis on which to contradict that number.
The damage to this speaks volumes about it's poor storage. Do not stack acetate discs in a pile. The metal core discs especially are heavy enough that the bottom discs are under pressure and both sleeves and acetate surfaces can stick together. The pressure also exacerbates delamination. This is a no-no. Store your discs like your records—vertically!