[78-L] Vertical cut records

Malcolm Rockwell malcolm at 78data.com.invalid
Sun Jan 4 17:31:06 PST 2015

Hi Ken -
Yes and yes.
Doesn't your amp have a mono switch that sums both channels? That should 
cut out a lot of the lateral component. The level will still be low but 
you'll be able to boost it with no background noise. I've had good luck 
with 2.7mil styli, even though the acoustic Pathe machines used a round 
stylus at about 7 or 8 mils (at a 2 or 3 ounce tracking weight!).
The other way is to hardwire a stereo cart for mono play, or find a mono 
cart with a mono needle.


On 1/4/2015 3:23 PM, Ken Matheson wrote:
> I acquired 2 old 78s. They look very good, nice and shiny,
> like they have not been played. One is a Pathe, No. 22227,
> Yogiland, and Beautiful Ohio, by Royal Waikiki Hawaiians.
> And Okeh No. 1159, JA-DA, and Can You Tame Wild
> Wimmen?, by Billy Murray. The output level is way down
> and there is more noise than their should be for records
> in this condition. I am thinking these may be vertical cut,
> but am not sure. Can anyone tell me if these are vertical
> cut, and could the noise be from playing them on with a
> lateral Cartridge.
> Thanks
> Ken

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