[78-L] Columbia Matrix number X 2018 (Oct 30, 1922)

Doug Pomeroy audiofixer at verizon.net
Wed Nov 7 12:35:52 PST 2012

Sean Davies is a well known mastering engineer in England.
Below is his question about an early acoustic recording.

I have a photo of the disc surface, which I will happily send 
as an attachment to anyone who would like to see it.


Doug Pomeroy
Audio Restoration & Mastering Services
audiofixer at verizon.net

Begin forwarded message:
> From: swdaviesltd at talktalkbusiness.net
> Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 11:37:30 +0000
> The picture attached is of a pressing made by Harry Coster in Holland from a Columbia master, 
> Matrix number X 2018 and has the inscription around the edge as follows:
> " Oct 30/22  W.J.D & J.C.H. Electric Recording "
> I think I have the initials correct but am not quite certain.
> The tracks are copies from acoustic recordings of different types of music; one can hear the additional 
> surface noise of the original coming in just after the start of each track.
> I have long believed that Columbia in England were making electrical recordings before the W.E. system 
> and I know that Guest and Merriman ( who recorded the first Service for the Unknown Warrior in 
> Westminster Abbey in 1919 ) went to Columbia in USA afterwards.
> This test disc shows that at least there was a cutting system, although I cannot be certain as to whether 
> the original were dubbed by electrical playback or via a microphone in front of a gramophone.  it is a 
> vital piece in the jigsaw.
> Can you think of anybody who could identify the initials?
> Sean.

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