[78-L] Wax

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Thu Aug 8 16:03:34 PDT 2013

The notes on the first lp issue of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" (1949) refer to 
English Columbia still recording on thick wax, which had to be heated to the 
correct temperature and consistency even though the whole production was being 
recorded in a mobile unit.

Interesting coincidence since Dave Burnham asked me earlier off-list whether 
any of Ann Stephens' records were ever issued in the US. Teddy Bears Picnic 
was, but that's it..and only that and Christopher Robin is Spraying his 
Pears/Buckingham Palace were on 78 in Canada.


On 8/8/2013 6:42 PM, Kristjan Saag wrote:
> 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
> techniques?
> In Sweden wax was used by leading record companies well into the 1950's.
> Kristjan
> 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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