Recordings $ and artists 

Enrico Caruso signed with Victor in 1904. Over 16 years he made over $5 million (see below *) from records sold. His fees at that time were $4000 for each song recorded. Added to that was 40 cents royalties for each sold record (going rate for records at that time : $1 or $1.50.) This…

Lateral or vertical ?

The original wax drums were cut vertically “hill-and-dale” and we owe the credit to Thomas Edison. Then came Berliner and his flat disc that adopted the lateral movement, why not? And then later came the Acetate Bakelite, Vinyl for the Radio Broadcast Transcriptions that offered greater silence . Yes but the idler wheel drive turntables…

Relics from the days of glory

recently I came across a wonderful book about the Neumann Company, the Microphone Company. It is called ‘A Story of Innovation, Excellence and the Spirit of Audio Engineering’, dealing of course with mikes but also lots of phono gear, the famous disk recording lathes, the PA2 record player with its dynamic stereo pic up –…

The Western Electric 12a adventure

You can see on the back of the truck two western electric 12a horns…. these are the exact horns that I decided to produce following the advice from good friends in the USA and Asia…Next to no originals exist today as the western electric instructions were clear….that when replacing the 12a and 13a combination with…

Western Electric 16a….1932-Patent 1853955

Fertility of minds in that era were driven by commercial interest as in our era. David G. Blattner from mountain lakes NJ assignor to Bell Labs was no exception to that. He inveted a whole raft of speaker and audio systems along side A.L. Thuras and the all famous E.C; Wente. They designed the “compression…