Some of the early etched-label discs, made by the "transfer" process (such as the "Home Sweet Home" selection above), are amazing to hear, though, IF you can find them in excellent condition. They have very little surface noise, and the sound can be quite good.audiophile102 wrote:The older black label Edison records are fun, but the newer white paper label Edison records benefit from a technological improvement in the recording technique. Later still Edison used electrical equipment to record and they sound even better. The black label records are low cost on eBay, but the white label ones can be very expensive. Search YouTube and hear the difference.
Unfortunately, the early discs were also extremely sensitive to humidity, and are often found with surface splits. They were also more complicated and costly to produce; so Edison went over to the "direct" pressings.