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the mock emg plays bix

Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:32 pm
by rgodridge
https://youtu.be/2OY8T90kPxk
Another video of the mock emg, this time playing Bix Beiderbecke with the meltrope (iii) soundbox and a BCN fibre needle. My mate Alan made this machine for me using a public adress system horn, garrard moter and other parts, it sounds great to me!

Re: the mock emg plays bix

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:26 am
by Gmemg
why not try it with a loud tone steel needle just to compare the tones you get from it - i find it's a good idea to get the "range " of a machine and then you can experiment further - how about a few acoustics on it with medium or loud tone needles ? you may be very surprised at what you hear

Re: the mock emg plays bix

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:48 am
by rgodridge
I've been thinking of what acoustic records to try on this and have lined up a few. You're rite, I will try it with a steal needle though likely not loud tone!
I was pleasantly surprised by how well this 1940s pressing sounded with fibres.

Re: the mock emg plays bix

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:54 pm
by Gmemg
I wouldn't play that age of 78 with a Fibre needle - apart from the fact that the loudness may destroy the point the shellac is often softer than in former times and can wear a lot faster than with a steel needle due to the heat generated

Re: the mock emg plays bix

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:55 pm
by rgodridge
this brings up an interesting sidepoint,
This sounded just fine with fibre, is that because it was pressed from a 1920s master?
I think in this country you're good until maybe 35 or 36. I've seen a lot in old issues of the gramophone mag about people playing even mid 40s stuff with fibre, so is it dependant on what's on the record or just the shellac used?