[78-L] Record collecting

Mike Harkin xxm.harkin at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 30 04:22:06 PST 2012

--- On Sun, 12/30/12, Kristjan Saag <saag at telia.com> wrote:

From: Kristjan Saag <saag at telia.com>
Subject: Re: [78-L] Record collecting
To: "78-L Mail List" <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
Date: Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:38 AM

The Roman Musician's Union knew all about that, but managed to keep it 
secret for another two thousand years.
Caesar Petrillus (A.D. 42): "Wax is doing a job against us".

On 2012-12-30 10:28, Don Cox wrote:
> It is surprising that acoustic recording was not invented much 
> earlier. The Romans or Greeks could have recorded through a horn onto 
> a wax disc, and used lost-wax casting to make a replica in bronze. The 
> tricky bit, for them, would be getting a constant speed. A 
> falling-weight drive, with the weight falling through oil or honey, 
> might work. 

They certainly had the technology and the engineering skill, if only some Cleverus
Diccus had got the bright idea to put it all together as you do.  only problems I see
would be standardising  the weight of the rocks for rec and playback, and the size
the thing would have to be.  Would you want - could you even fit -  one in your living room?

Mike in Plovdiv
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