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 Post subject: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:00 pm 
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Victor V
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I just picked up a small group of 16" transcription discs in excellent condition. They are 33 ⅓ rpm discs with interviews of sports figures used for Air Force recruiting.

Does anyone know of a good way to play these other than buying a $500+ transcription turntable?

Does anyone know of anyone who would be able to make MP3 copies of these for a small fee?

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:14 pm 
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If you don't want to buy a turntable, you could use one of these : https://youtu.be/gu4YqoU_a8c

Heh, heh.

Your last option is otherwise the only one. Find someone with the capbility. Some towns have places where you can take old media, including phonograph records, and have them transfered for a fee.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:18 pm 
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Ok. Try to find a Newcomb school phonograph with a 16” tonearm.

http://www.kjq.us.com/newcombtranscription.html

About 25 years ago I was able to copy some old radio transcriptions via a patch cord and a direct box to cassette tape. This was from a unit I had borrowed. Even had a GE VRII pickup and 2.5 mil stylus.

Maybe somebody has access to one or a old hi fi turntable with a 16” arm.

Glenn


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:45 pm 
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Why, here's an (apparently) working Newcomb, 16" capable, that sold for a mere $22.50.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEWCOMB-ED-161 ... Sws-ta-vCb

Some of the Newcombs sell for as much a couple hundred though.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:12 pm 
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52089 wrote:
I just picked up a small group of 16" transcription discs in excellent condition. They are 33 ⅓ rpm discs with interviews of sports figures used for Air Force recruiting.

Does anyone know of a good way to play these other than buying a $500+ transcription turntable?

Does anyone know of anyone who would be able to make MP3 copies of these for a small fee?

Thanks!


Buy a turntable then you'll start collecting the discs... ask me how I know. :?


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:54 pm 
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the school players arre an inexpensive option...what do the transcriptions say on the labels inquireing minds want to know ....be careful you will end up with thousands of them!!....no only I am that crazy! :o


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:00 pm 
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As I noted, they are interviews with American sports figures - Hank Aaron, Arnold Palmer, etc. They are all from a series called "Greatest Sports Thrill". Some are 1 sided, some are 2 sided.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:09 pm 
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:o guess i better read things twice ,some of the modern dj types will play them too ,yours are most likely microgroove too


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 Post subject: Re: Playing 16" transcription records
PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:39 am 
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52089 wrote:
As I noted, they are interviews with American sports figures - Hank Aaron, Arnold Palmer, etc. They are all from a series called "Greatest Sports Thrill". Some are 1 sided, some are 2 sided.


I don't see where anyone recommended a Caliphone Machine which is what I have used to play and record the couple of hundred 16 inch transcription that I have of early radio shows, music and several 16 inch soundtracks from early films. I used to pick up loads of these machines an school auctions for next to nothing. There was a classroom model that did a great job playing 78's, 45's and 33 1/3rpm records.

However--there were also larger models meant for barn dances, square dances and broadcast that easily could and would play 16 inch transcriptions which I use to this day to play my 16 inchers. Unfortunately I sold of all but a few machines since I had so many and just kept the best to play my transcription collection.

If you can find a school auction where they haven't already gotten rid of their record players and 16mm projectors you would be surprised how cheap they go for. Also repairs and new needles are readily available.

All I have to offer on my own is a huge RCA transcription turntable from an old radio station that played all 3 speeds and had a build in amplifier and speaker. It does need work and would be a pickup only since it is so big.\

The only other thing that I could offer would be a homemade 16inch portable turntable that is original and working and would plug into any rca type amp. The only drawback is that the person who made it--although they did quality work--they put the turntable motor right beneath the tonearm; thereby causing a distinct hum when transcriptions are played on it. I never moved the turntable motor but it should be easy to do.

If there is any interest in the players I have--PM me and let me know and I will dig them out and send you and post photographs of them. Last comment is that the 16 inch califones regularly come up on EBAY and are usually in working condition. VERY dependable and robust machines.

Best, Mark


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