[78-L] 16 2/3 & 8 rpm

Robert M. Bratcher Jr. rbratcherjr at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 5 13:45:15 PDT 2013

The NLS taking book machine (record player) had a single 10 inch speaker in the lid & the needle pressure was more heavy then a home phonograph so record wear would be higher if someone plays a commercial music LP on it at 33 rpm. I remember the records got scratched up quite a bit when ordering older books. Once the NLS stopped issuing records for the books in favor for the 4 track cassettes I sent the record player back as I didn't need it anymore. They recently stopped new books on cassettes as they are all in digital format now. A talking book reader can still get older books on cassettes however  I don't need to as books are getting reissued in the digital format although I still have the yellow tape player & the NLS has not asked for it to be sent back so I guess I'll just hang onto it for awhile until they do ask for it to be returned. 16 & 8 rpm were used for the books too, not just the magazines. 

> From: Ted Kneebone <tkneebone1 at abe.midco.net>
>To: 78-l <78-l at klickitat.78online.com> 
>Sent: Monday, August 5, 2013 3:28 PM
>Subject: [78-L] 16 2/3 & 8 rpm
>While I was librarian at the SD School for the Blind,
>we had talking book discs cut at 33 1/3 rpm, 16 2/3,
>and 8 rpm.  I think the 33 1/3 rpm were talking books,
>but the 16s and 8s were usually talking book magazines.
>    The talking book phonographs allowed playing
>discs at all those speeds.  The kids who tried playing
>standard long playing 33 1/3 discs of music were likely to be
>disappointed at the poor sound.  
>    I believe the state library for the blind recalled all these
>old talking book phonographs.  They issued cassette players
>to replace these disc machines.  More later. . . 
>    Ted  
>Ted Kneebone
>1528 S. Grant Street
>Aberdeen, SD 57401

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