Graphophone History

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Introduction
One of the utmost gratifying aspects of collecting vinyl is building an extensive collection of records from distinct era’s and decades. As you read through the history of vinyl you will be presented with insight magnifying your ability to identify and understand information with regards to vinyl pressings from as early as the 1900s. This chapter not only riffles through a variety of record facts that will bring the newbie record collector up to speed, but also contains intriguing knowledge and stories even the fanatical record collectors are expectedly unaware of. You will undoubtedly at some point put this book down and head online or out to the record shop to locate obscure and noteworthy finds.

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Under the supervision of Charles Summer Tainter and Chichester Bell, Alexander Graham Bells Cousin, it took Volta Laboratories a total of five years to invent the graphophone. The major differences from the phonograph was the use of wax instead of tin foil which resulted in increased sound quality, recording time capabilities and durability. The graphophone encompassed a lateral recording technique as where Edison’s phonograph used vertically cut grooves. With these enhancements, Bell’s Graphophone qualified for it’s own patent which was granted in…show more content…
In the 1988 McDonald’s held a Flexi Disc contest that gave 1 lucky winner a million dollars! Chances of winning were only 1 in 80,000,000 but this campaign drew momentary attention. Flexi-discs were also common additions to cereal boxes. Kids could cut out an Archie Comic on the back of their Super Sugar Crisps or a Kiss Flexi with their “Kiss Krunch” cereal. Regardless of the fact that Flexi-Disc releases can be designed for fun and creative purposes, they are easily worn out, warp and bend and are therefore were not in reality favored.

Unusual, Obscure and Creative Records Over the years, an abundance of obscure and unique records have been pressed using strange color combinations and unexpected materials. Here are a few memorable pressings.

X-ray Records
During the 1950s in the Soviet Union x-rays were brought about to duplicate banned music. Using X-rays discarded from hospitals, a bootlegger would cut them into circles, create a hole in the center by burning the x-ray with a cigarette, and imprint music onto them. X-ray records are an item that is hunted for and collected by particular vinyl
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