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 Post subject: Re: Unusual test pressing records
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:39 pm 
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Thanks! That's what I thought to except I thought it was a Gennett. Do you think it was made by vocalion or someone put the label on later. (And the "Very Good Orch" disc is the same disc as in the other pictures)


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual test pressing records
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:26 am 
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Lucas wrote:
Thanks! That's what I thought to except I thought it was a Gennett. Do you think it was made by vocalion or someone put the label on later. (And the "Very Good Orch" disc is the same disc as in the other pictures)



I doubt it was put on later- there is a distinctly different look to a label applied during the pressing process versus one applied later.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual test pressing records
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:28 am 
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Thanks! What year do you thing it it from? It sounds great like a 1950s 78 but Vocalion did not have that label design in the 1950s. Maybe it is late 1920s? I've heard records from that time that sound as good as it.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual test pressing records
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:44 am 
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Returning to the original question, test pressings were made for a variety of reasons, including :

To obtain the artist's approval for the commercial release of the recording.
To check that the recording was of the required quality for commercial release.
To check that a well used stamper was still capable of pressing more copies.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual test pressing records
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:54 am 
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Thanks! I think this one was probably made for the first reason because Grisioso Riconda / Banola Marranzina (I don't know witch one is the song title) was never released on Vocalion or any other label that I can find.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual test pressing records
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:54 pm 
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Test pressings are a common part of the record process. For modern records, they are made to test the mastering and the cutting, to ensure they are playable. There is one first pressing of a Led Zeppelin record that would cause the styli to jump grooves when played on a normal stereo. Test pressings are made to check for issues like this before they go into mass production.

Test pressings for 78's would have been made for similar reasons - to check pressing equipment, processes, materials, etc. The side with the test tones may have been produced to check the modulations in the groove at different frequencies, to check the accuracy of the production equipment, or to use as a diagnostic tool for reproduction equipment (much like the stereo test records are used by users to check their hifi).

That red disk looks wonderful. I've only seen one coloured 78 - a dark brown, very boring in comparison.


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