[78-L] Wax (was: Film of Ann Stephens recording for HMV in 1945)

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com
Thu Aug 8 15:42:17 PDT 2013

Highlights the question: how long did record companies use wax instead 
of lacquer?
Lacquer discs were introduced in the 1930's in most countries; many 
radio stations used them for instant recordings. But what about record 
companies in the US, UK, Germany etc? Was it either-or or parallel 
In Sweden wax was used by leading record companies well into the 1950's.

On 2013-08-09 00:14, Harold Aherne wrote:
> Here's a film of 13-year-old Ann Stephens in the HMV studios in 1945, making records for children:
> http://www.britishpathe.com/video/alice-makes-a-record
> Clicking "View as Stills" will display images from various points in the film, including a close-up of the recording blank. Do the esteemed members of 78-L think it looks more like wax or lacquer (or the compromise between the two, flowed wax)? The thickness suggest a cast wax blank, but the images aren't clear enough to be sure where the blank ends and the turntable/other apparatus begins.
> Also of interest is a German film from 1949 that shows a tape master being transferred to wax for plating:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdsMb1pwJEw
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