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LA Times story on wax cylinders

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Great article; thanks for posting it.

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I agree. Great stuff. As a classically trained audio engineer (I want to sound fancy since I rarely use my skills)  I love stuff like this. I picked up a couple Edison wax cylinders in South Dakota on vacation a couple years ago. Used for display purposes only. 

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One thing not mentioned here and which I only recently learned:  Wax cylinders couldn't be stamped for reproductions.  The earliest ones could only recorded with a separate machine for each cylinder so they did about 5 at a time.  If one was popular, the artist would just keep redoing it.  I presume they soon found a way around this. Anyone know? 

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For those who missed it in the article, there's a link to the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive, where you can listen to many cylinders they've digitized (click on "discover"): 

http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu

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Very cool. I enjoyed listening to a couple of "rags" on the UCSB site!

 

 

gregmo

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