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 Post subject: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:35 pm 
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Here is an advertisement showing the machinery operated by Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd which could be bought in December 1930 presumably after the firm had become insolvent. The company was only in business for less than two years from October 1928 to mid 1930. It is fascinating to see the large capital investment necessary and some of the details of what it took to produce shellac records. Somebody must have lost a great deal of money in a very short space of time. Another casualty precipitated by the Wall Street crash ?

It would be interesting to know the auction results and who bought what.


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
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Much of the stock, including matrices, was bought by Crystalate who reissued some of the titles on their Imperial label.

Like many record companies, Dominion made extravagant claims about the quality of their recordings and the silence of their surfaces.
Neither claim is consistent with the few Dominion records in my collection, which now sit unplayed on my "Less Common Labels" shelf.


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
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How interesting Roger and many thanks. This appears to have been a significant undertaking. Do we know the names of the people behind the label ?


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
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60 record presses!, shame none survived (that we know of)


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
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emgcr wrote:
How interesting Roger and many thanks. This appears to have been a significant undertaking. Do we know the names of the people behind the label ?


A history and discography of Dominion Records by the late Arthur Badrock was published by the CLPGS. Their on line book shop www.clpgs.org.uk still lists it.


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
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Many thanks---have just ordered a copy.


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
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epigramophone wrote:
Much of the stock, including matrices, was bought by Crystalate who reissued some of the titles on their Imperial label.

Like many record companies, Dominion made extravagant claims about the quality of their recordings and the silence of their surfaces.
Neither claim is consistent with the few Dominion records in my collection, which now sit unplayed on my "Less Common Labels" shelf.



I just bought a stack of Dominion records that are in great shape and they sound very nice. About the same as a mint condition batwing victor record.


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 Post subject: Re: Bankrupt stock---Dominion Gramophone Records Ltd.
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:16 pm 
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I think those 60 record presses could have a more modest meaning. If you have ever viewed film of the workings of a record pressing plant in the 1920's, you will see that the stampers are held in heavy removable assembly's that are inserted into a hydraulic press, pressed, then removed to a table where they are opened and the pressed shellac record is lifted out. I think the auction is referring to these removable assemblies which are inserted into the (far fewer) floor standing hydraulic presses. I could be wrong, but it sure seems odd that a small minor record company would have 60 complete hydraulic presses. The amount of steam required for that would be huge.


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