[78-L] Deutsche Grammophon and Tempo questions

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Tue Jun 12 06:16:52 PDT 2012

I thought they were using Brunswick's Light Ray system.


On 6/12/2012 4:50 AM, Mike Harkin wrote:
> Chris Zwarg in Berlin could probably tell.  His website is www.truesoundtransfers.de.
> I think DG/Polydor was using a more primitive electrical recording system early on, which often meant that their late acoustics sound better than their early electrics....
> Mike in Plovdiv
> --- On Tue, 6/12/12, Kristjan Saag<saag at telia.com>  wrote:
> From: Kristjan Saag<saag at telia.com>
> Subject: Re: [78-L] Deutsche Grammophon and Tempo questions
> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
> Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 8:30 AM
> The early Tempo's (1931-1933) seems to have been flexis, issued by the
> Artiphon label in Berlin.
> The other Tempo label was established in Berlin in 1936 as a
> continuation of Otto Stahlmann's Brilliant-Special label (founded in
> 1931); mx numbers from 961. Tempo was a Bell-type budget label,
> specializing on covers.
> In 1945 the Tempo record factory in Berlin was acquired by VEB Lied der
> Zeit and some of the recordings were reissued on Amiga and other
> labels.The label was later reconstructed in Munich by
> Schallplattenfabrik Special-Record GmbH who continued it's budget
> profile. The label was discontinued in about 1980.
> From
> http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempo_%28Label%29
> and
> http://www.stars-on-7-inch.com/Listen/D/Tempo/index_tempo.htm
> Lotz&  co should be able to tell you more.
> Kristjan
> On 2012-06-12 07:05, Harold Aherne wrote:
>> A couple of queries in my quest for knowledge about the German record industry:
>> Does anyone know the approximate month that Grammophon began electrical recording? Here's a Paul Godwin medley on DG 19536 that certainly sounds electric to me:
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FJvGmm4QPU
>> --but this Dave Caplan side from ca. November 1926 (DG 20789, and about 320 matrix numbers later than the above sides) sounds a bit more acoustic:
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsLIN37lZu4
>> Also, at about what number and month did they retire the full-colour Nipper and «Schallplatte "Grammophon"» in favour of the simpler drawing and just «Grammophon» ?
>> Tempo has been used as a label name in several countries for labels focusing on varied material, but it was also the name of a German label operating from at least 1932. Can anyone tell me its starting and end dates, and what label(s), if any, it was affiliated with? (or was ultimately purchased by ;^)
>> -HA

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