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 Post subject: How to identify a HMV acoustic from a electric record!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:49 pm 
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I have collected US brand electrically recorded records for many years. I have only recently started on HMV records. Is there a easy way to tell an electric HMV from an acoustic? I realize at some point they put the VE on the record run out or on the label. But I have some records that are obviously electric recorded that I cannot find any distinctive markings

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Carlton Smith
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 Post subject: Re: How to identify a HMV acoustic from a electric record!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:46 am 
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HMV did not identify electrical recordings on their labels, but their catalogue numbers can be used as a rough dating guide.
Taking 1925 as the transitional year between acoustic and electric, anything after the following numbers is likely to be electric :

B2200, C1250, D1050, DA800, DB900.

These indicate the approximate dates of release, not recording, so there will always be exceptions. Your ears are the best guide.


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 Post subject: Re: How to identify a HMV acoustic from a electric record!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:23 am 
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Don´t electrical HMV´s always have a triangle in the runout area, right after the matrix number?


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 Post subject: Re: How to identify a HMV acoustic from a electric record!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:35 pm 
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After further investigation I see that HMV did indeed identify the recording method in the run-out area of the record after the matrix number. Triangle for the Western Electric method and later a square for the HMV electric processes.


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