Sound Sunday *30

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  1. Okay does anyone even know WHAT the kid is listening to? It’s called a record player. For those who have no idea what that is – in the world before digital music – all music came on vinyl discs – these were called records. LOL – You put them on a very archaic device called a record player. And if you were very careful they played your song with out placing a large groove in the middle of the record. Life was so good back then. And it’s not all that bad now either – – :)

    1. I did know about records before this; my parents have a record player, but my honors English teacher – the best teacher I’ve had, for various reasons – played some old folk songs on her record player for us, partly so we could hear the songs which originated in medieval England, but also partly so we could hear that unique vinyl sound that our parents and grandparents had listened to.

      1. Even today, people who are very serious about listening to music use records and also use state of the art amplifiers with tubes since these do not distort the music as much as our modern technology. So don’t climb too high on your techno horse babes. I suspect it may well be of Trojan origin.

        1. Uhhh…..tubes(valves) equipment offer a significant level of coloration and distortion. But these levels of coloration & distortion are pleasing to the human ear. Analog is the sound in nature, digital is not. Digital is getting closer and closer to the analog source; however, all music is recorded with analog mics. No way around that yet, but it goes digital after that step. The problem with present digital, is that it does not have the warmth of analog…too analytical, too perfect (comparing the two mediums, that is). But unless you compare the two on great sound systems, you’d never know that.;-) Analog is making a modest comeback…mostly with young adults who use those cheap USB turntables to record from records with their PC sound cards/music software.

            1. Yeah, but we don’t know how old that pic is? His hair style is a bit suspect….in fact to me, this person could be a young girl as well.

            2. Yeah, I was suspicious about that hair as well. I think it’s a modern picture, just edited to black and white or possibly taken in black and white.

            3. I hope people stop changing colour pictures into black and white, it is not right and it does not look good. Photos that are b/w from the start may look very good though.
              And they still make vinyl out there. It is astonishing how good those vinyl records sound when you think of the old fashioned way it’s made!

    2. Actually for almost 50 yrs, all music was mastered/mixed down from tracks to reel to reel machines-tape. The master ‘tape’ was taken to a factory where sound engineers played the tape and carefully cut a master disc out of metal with a cutting stylus. From the metal disc in turn they made a shellacked acetate ‘master’. From that master disc they made a mold…from that mold they made acetate dups (duplications) and yrs later later they used virgin vinyl in the molds to make modern records. Still do BTW and many groups (even rock) still make vinyl records of their music (along of course with CD’s and lossless mp3’s).

      Now, all you didn’t want to know about records and were not going to ask.;-)

      1. You just opened a whole new world to me as I am not very mechanical. But thanks I apperciate it.

  2. He is a very cute young man. But, exactly how old is this photo. Its very haunting. But i love it. HA HA HA

  3. Thanks Real 1 for the informantion because I know alot of folks know nothing about record players.The 78 and 45 speeds.Life wasn’t so bad back in them there days.I still have a record player and some 78’s records to go with it.Haven’t played it in years.I got the cd’s now.I may get some money for those old 78’s.Who knows,maybe some day I’ll see what I got.

    1. Yeah, Micheal: but you forgot the most important speed, the 33 which many movies used to promote their own movie. Around the World in 80 Days was one helluva seller in its day. I bought 3 and wore out 2 of them. ha ha. 45’s were the last to come out as singles. 33’s had complete soundtracks of popular movies. Then came the CD.

  4. The picture is kind of fuzzy, but that appears to be a vintage Mercury Living Presence label from the 1950s or 60s, which would also make it a classical record.

  5. In 1973, I rejoiced in the Christmas present of a quarter-track stereo tape recorder. Wow! 7 inch reels at 3 3/4 ips! Soon, I was in the habit of copying every new LP I brought home to tape on the first play. Eventually wore out the tape recorder (I soon got another) but I still have this collection of reels that preserve the first playing of each record.

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