[78-L] Vertical and Lateral

Martin Fisher Martin.Fisher at mtsu.edu.invalid
Mon Oct 21 06:45:56 PDT 2019

Hey Roger,

Pathe' marketed a vertical DISC much earlier than Edison although that was in France and possibly here in the US too.  I wouldn't think that most companies thought that vertical was superior to lateral because of the perceived limitations of vertical although I'm not an authority.  Remember that Gennett had to sue for the rights to lateral and once that fight was over just about every major company that wasn't already lateral soon made the switch.



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Subject: [78-L] Vertical and Lateral

I was explaining the difference between vertical and lateral record to a youngster. Afterwards I got to thinking about the early disc companies that used vertical. 

Correct me if I’m wrong. It looks to me that Edison was the first vertical disc in the business. Anybody predate him on that??

We know why Edison used it. It was his general belief that vertical was inherently superior. Is that the same rationale used by Pathe, OKeh or anybody else??  Or were they striving for for some measure of compatibility with Edison with their adjustable V/L reproducers?

Rodger Holtin
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