[78-L] Deutsche Grammophon and Tempo questions

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com
Tue Jun 12 14:26:54 PDT 2012

You may both be right, Harold and David.

According to this interesting discussion on a German website for Shellac 
Deutsche Grammophon did experiment with electric recordings before 
acquiring the rights to use Brunswick's light ray-system in late1925/ 
early 1926.
Before 1925 Grammophon probably used their own electric technology 
(which was never patented), but from July/ August 1925 the light 
ray-method was applied, although the official agreement with Brunswick 
wasn't reached until late 1925/ early1926.
The somewhat "acoustic" sound of these early light ray recordings is 
explained by the use of a horn instead of a microphone. The process is 
described in some detail with help of images.
It may also be, as with other record companies at the time, that 
electric and acoustic recordings were mixed for a period of time.
 From 1927 Brunswick apparently started to use microphones instead of 
horns; this may apply to Deutsche Grammophon as well.
Please note: I'm only referring to the discussion on the Shellac 
collector's website. If something's wrong: don't blame the messenger...

On 2012-06-12 15:16, David Lennick wrote:
> I thought they were using Brunswick's Light Ray system.
> dl
> 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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