[78-L] the 'deadest' consumer audio formats?

bradc944 at comcast.net bradc944 at comcast.net
Fri May 13 17:24:28 PDT 2011

no, we haven't... how about the Philco Hip Pocket discs? virtually unplayable on an automatic changer, but will play (relatively) well on a manual table at 45 rpm.

and, I just remembered this one because I just saw the 'disc'... there was a "talking baseball card" type record... to play it you insert it into a large (about the size of a trade paperback book) plastic player and the stylus/tonearm rotated around inside the contraption, playing the stationary recording.  Hello Rube Goldberg!


----- Original Message -----
From: J. E. Knox <rojoknox at metroeast.org>
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Sent: Fri, 13 May 2011 21:37:27 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: [78-L] the 'deadest' consumer audio formats?

Greetings from FixitLand!

Mike Daley wrote:

> The revised list (in no particular order):
> reel-to-reel tape (bonus points for quadrophonic)
> 8-track
> cassettes (chrome, metal, regular)
> 78s
> vinyl 45s
> vinyl LPs
> CDs
> Sony Elcaset.
> RCA Cartridge
> cylinders
> Webcor wire recorder
> 4 track (a la Muntz Stereo Pak)
> PlayTape
> 16-2/3 rpm LPs
> Variable speed (constant velocity) discs
> Laser discs
> Twin stylus stereo
> MiniDisc
> Flexible sheet-plastic records, such as Eva-Tone
> Laminated cardboard records, such as we used to find on cereal boxes
> Variable-speed records, such as the old World Records from England
> Chrysler Highway HiFi 16rpm little LPs
> Tefifon
> Microcassettes (for dictation)
> Video HiFi tapes used for audio only
> Quadrophonic 8-track cartridges
> mp3s!

At this point we've generally named just about EVERY extant consumer- 
audio format, haven't we? Which means that consumer audio itself is  

And Malcolm Rockwell mentioned "Rocks!" Those of course would be the  
fossil records.

Take care,

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have  
never forgotten this."--Anonymous

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