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Andy Senior
Posted on: Oct 13 2010, 03:38 AM


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It's excellent software. I've been using ClickRepair and DeNoise since May 2009 with great results. As with any noise reduction software, a light touch is best. (It took me a few weeks of experimentation to get there.) But it's very organic-sounding processing if used properly.

It also helps to start with records that are clean, and using a proper stylus is a must. If the original file sounds good, the noise-reduced file will sound incredible.

I don't like paying for software, but I bought this one readily. It's invaluable.

http://clickrepair.net/
  Forum: 78 RPM Records & Playback Equipment · Post Preview: #13683 · Replies: 2 · Views: 5012

Andy Senior
Posted on: Oct 9 2010, 05:47 PM


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As long as you enjoy Rudy and the Connecticut Yankees, what does the opinion of any expert matter? I dig "Deep Night" not just for the tune and the mood it evokes, but the percussionist on the side kills me.

All "experts" have their own particular agendas. The writer of the liner notes of the recent Document Golden Gate Orchestra CD criticizes the California Ramblers basically for not having been born black. Likewise, professional musicians may have their opinions about the Connecticut Yankees but it all comes down to personal taste. A stellar world-class reed man of my acquaintance has some kind things to say about Ted Lewis, and a very hip and highly respected record producer/author/radio host I know staunchly defended Paul Whiteman (and not just the Bix/Bing sides).

Whatever anyone may opine, it's okay to like what you like.
  Forum: Early 20th Century Popular Music · Post Preview: #13669 · Replies: 14 · Views: 14257

Andy Senior
Posted on: Dec 7 2009, 07:22 AM


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These cheaper USB jobs tend to use ceramic cartridges. Also, the accuracy of the speeds often varies. And even for $75, I don't need another piece of cheap junk cluttering my house.

The best answer is to buy a new belt for the older turntable (assuming it has magnetic cartridge) and use a USB pre-amp such as the excellent ART PhonoPlus. You'll spend about $130 for both and you'll have a "USB turntable" that is better than any of the "bargains" out there.
  Forum: 78 RPM Records & Playback Equipment · Post Preview: #12474 · Replies: 3 · Views: 6348

Andy Senior
Posted on: Jul 13 2009, 07:43 PM


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That Berliner was never from 1881! Some record collector!

I watched this clip through, and yeah it's sad. But I'm sure most of what he has is what I'd consider crap. That's just a matter of personal taste, though.

Forget about getting money for this archive. Perhaps some college could take it on as the basis for a collection of late 20th century music. There should be a public archive of such material.
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Jan 28 2009, 04:46 AM


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Among today's emails I received the following notice:

PHIL SCHAAP'S JAZZ STORE

Three years ago, disc jocky
[sic]/producer/historian/educator Phil Schaap opened a gift shop in the Jazz At Lincoln Center complex at 60th & Broadway in Manhattan. He quickly developed it into a unique shop with autographed CDs and books (many of them out of print), rare LPs, beautifully framed 78s signed by JALC director Wynton Marsalis and Lithographs by Christopher Paluso signed by either the artist or musicians associated with the subject. Alas, in the tradition of American business, Schaap's successful and unique shop has been replaced by a Borders kiosk, leaving Phil and his ever mounting collection of of jazz wonders out in the street. But True Blue Music has come to the rescue, offering over 70 of Phil's collectables at present and adding more all the time. If you click on Phil Schaap Jazz Store on the left side of the www.truebluemusic.com home page, the first round of items will reveal themselves to you. Supplies on all the unique items is limited.

Among the "jazz wonders" for sale are two signed 78 RPM records:

Coleman Hawkins - Stuffy - $300
STUFFY framed 78 by Coleman Hawkins' Orchestra (Capital 205 February 23, 1945 ORIGINAL ISSUE). In a 17" x 22" flat black frame with a black mat. Signed by Wynton Marsalis. Only one!

Earl Hines - Rosetta (signed by Hines!) - $2,250
ROSETTA framed 78 - Earl Hines & His Orch. (Decca 3517-A from the 78 album Decca 182, September 12, 1934, RARE CANADIAN ISSUE) In a 17" x 22" flat black frame with a black mat. Signed by EARL FATHA HINES. Only one!


I realize I've been missing the boat here, big time. While foolishly producing RADIOLA! at my own expense over the past three years or so, I could have been raking in big bucks by hawking memorabilia to fans of the show.

In the spirit of blatant hucksterism, I offer the following:

Paul Whiteman - Kinky Kids' Parade - $300
This copy of "Kinky Kids' Parade" (recorded August 15, 1925) is the one I've owned since childhood. It's in solid G (well, maybe G-) condition, owing to repeated playing with the same steel needle by two generations of my ancestors. After removing it from the cabinet of my great-grandmother's Victrola XI, I'll sign it and frame it with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Steel Needle - $30
This is the same steel needle which was used to play the above record dozens of times (as far as you know). Sold with Certificate of Authenticity.

Carpal Tunnel Kid - Non-Plugged - $800
"Non-Plugged" is the CD of novelty songs I produced and sold a few years ago on eBay. It is highly useful for chasing stray cats from your yard and it will effectively repel vermin from your crawlspace. Being the last of the original run it is now OUT OF PRINT. Though the cheap CD-R and crude paper label peg it as genuine, it is signed and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Record sleeve - $200
This is a genuine 10" record sleeve from the 78 RPM era, crafted with brown paper and printed with the name of a record label (my choice). It will be carefully signed with a vintage fountain pen, and it is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Certificate of Authenticity - $150
This is a blank Certificate of Authenticity, signed by me. Fill it out and frame it with any 78 RPM record to increase its value exponentially. (Trust me on this.) The Certificate of Authenticity comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity.
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Nov 28 2008, 05:40 PM


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And regarding the Leslie Hutchinson program, one of my listeners living in Britain sent me information about it and kindly offered to make a copy, somehow. I said I'd try to stream it. Channel 4 permits viewing of shows again online, but only to those in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Since I'm not likely to "come ashore" (as their quaint phrase has it) I'm denied the privilege of seeing those old scandals rehashed. I imagine some enterprising person will find a way to put it on YouTube or Google Video.

It would be nice to have Hutch's music presented on its own merits. He was the precursor to Bobby Short and so many other cabaret artists who enjoyed popularity later on.
  Forum: Recommendations · Post Preview: #10781 · Replies: 6 · Views: 10727

Andy Senior
Posted on: Nov 28 2008, 09:03 AM


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I took Malcolm Laycock's link off my RADIOLA! site. I used to stream and listen to his show occasionally, but usually only the first half. Big band stuff from the mid-40s onward gives me a headache.

And it's not that it's drivel. It's real music, with sound musicianship and good musical values. It just lacks the joy and lightness I love in the pre-1940 sound. It's too brassy and too slick--and the harmonies are monotonous. Enduring big band music of the late 1940s and beyond is like being held prisoner in Las Vegas.

There were good, knowledgeable jazz hosts in my area who played Stan Kenton, Basie, Boyd Raeburn, and Sauter-Finnegan endlessly--and ignored the 1930s entirely. I built my love of the music on those stray bits of pure (pre 1940) joy that some disc jockeys would permit. And the reason I do my show is that I wanted a program on the air that someone like me would listen to.

The hot dance and jazz band music of the 1920s and the light, sweet swing of the 1930s have nothing whatsoever to do with the so-called big band sound of later vintage (except using some of the same instruments). The BBC vandals have lumped them together and crushed the joy. For true parity, these styles need to be kept distinct.
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Oct 22 2008, 05:40 AM


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The following is a note I sent to the Jazz Oracle people, which was bounced back to me as being "undeliverable." Still, this information should be made public and noted:

I've had a most frustrating experience with trying to buy a copy of Jazz Oracle CD BDW 8024 featuring the Louisiana Rhythm Kings. The two sealed copies I've purchased turned out to be CD-Rs with sloppily printed paper labels. I realize that legitimate Jazz Oracle CDs have a clear and sharp label that is seamless and integral with the top surface of the CD, and are not burned on cheap 80-minute CD-Rs.

I probably should be buying my CDs direct from Jazz Oracle rather than trying to find bargains on eBay, but I've usually gotten good products--and I have just a limited amount of my own money to spend on my weekly radio program, which I have done since June 2005 as a volunteer effort.

I'm writing because I think you should know that there is an attempt to deceive with these fakes. The booklets and inlays look genuine, but the CDs are phony. The sound quality of these CD-Rs deteriorates precipitously over time, especially toward the end of a disc.

To my shame I've forgotten who sold me the first one of these counterfeits, but I suspect it might have been the same dealer from whom I bought the most recent example. This seller has good feedback, but the CD I received yesterday was certainly not genuine.

Perhaps they don't know they're dealing in fakes. But I felt that you ought to know that these paper-label monstrosities are on the market.
  Forum: 78 RPM Records & Playback Equipment · Post Preview: #10636 · Replies: 1 · Views: 3738

Andy Senior
Posted on: Jul 8 2008, 08:07 PM


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I guess the "69" was a keeper.

American football signals--and football was essentially what college was for in the 1920s.
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Jul 6 2008, 03:08 AM


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Dismuke,

I'm glad you were able to edit the link. I just sort of blundered into it, so the legal ramifications never occurred to me.

And yes, those numerical IP addresses should only be used by those with Internet Radios and other similar devices.

And I'm really glad Limden is now able to listen to your great station on his new radio!

Andy
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Posted on: Jul 5 2008, 05:42 PM


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Try this for the Radio Dismuke Loud City stream on your radio:

74.208.71.58:8078/listen.pls

[Edited by Dismuke]

Sorry, Andy - I had to make a slight edit to the stream URL you provided and removed the "http://" which came before it. I am not allowed at present by my service agreement with LoudCity to publish a direct link to any of my LoudCity streams on any page on the RadioDismuke.com domain. My doing so could open me up to potential royalty liabilities.

See my posting below for more elaboration on this - as well as for the addresses of three other streaming servers besides the one Andy mentioned
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Jul 5 2008, 05:27 PM


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I know what happened. I truncated the link to eliminate my personal log-in ID and I.P. address, and it seemed to work--once. Live365 always lets you log in once before you have to register.

It seems like this is way too complicated, but Live365 is funny that way. I'll see about getting the proper URL for the Dismuke Loud City stream posted, which should be fine as long as the stream isn't tied to a log-in or an I.P. address.
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Posted on: Jul 5 2008, 06:55 AM


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I managed to find a link that actually works for my station, but it's a long one. If you can right click and copy the link address and paste it into your radio somehow, it should work, but it takes a minute to buffer. RADIOLA! mp3 stream

And here's Dismuke's station. Radio Dismuke
  Forum: Technical Issues · Post Preview: #9864 · Replies: 15 · Views: 22993

Andy Senior
Posted on: Jul 4 2008, 08:57 PM


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The Windows Media stream of my Live365 station has the following URL:

http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/wmp.asx?sit...tion=andysenior

Give it a try--it might work! If you want to listen to Dismuke's station (standard Windows Media stream), try:

http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/wmp.asx?sit...station=dismuke
  Forum: Technical Issues · Post Preview: #9862 · Replies: 15 · Views: 22993

Andy Senior
Posted on: Jun 17 2008, 03:34 AM


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It looks like we've just discovered what a certain party uses to make his CD transfers!
  Forum: 78 RPM Records & Playback Equipment · Post Preview: #9801 · Replies: 3 · Views: 5901

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Posted on: Jun 10 2008, 06:07 PM


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Try the "Fred Waring Memorial Album" on Viper's Nest VN-179. That disc has "Glorianna," which the Collectors' Choice CD does not. And the sound is quite decent.
  Forum: Early 20th Century Popular Music · Post Preview: #9763 · Replies: 5 · Views: 6318

Andy Senior
Posted on: Jun 5 2008, 02:40 AM


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Using the Amazon "search" option, screen capture, text reading software, and editing, here's what I got:

BESSIE COLDIRON
THE SUNFLOWER GIRL (Bessie Coldiron), vocal; with piano acc.
N.Y., Sep 16, 1926
E3777-78 Her beaus are only rainbows Vo rejected
E3779-80 She's a cornfed Indiana girl Vo 15461
E3781-82 What's the use of crying? Vo 15461
E7783-84 I don't believe it - but say it again Vo rejected

Note: The above titles were originally made as "test masters," but two were accepted and issued.

N.Y., Sep 23, 1926
E3814 Her beaus are only rainbows Vo 15467
E3817 Tell me tonight Vo 15468
E38I8 Kiss your little baby goodnight! Vo 15468
E3820 I don't believe it - but say it again Vo 15467

THE SUNFLOWER GIRL OF WBAP Bessie Coldiron vocal; piano acc.
Chicago, Jun 17. 1927
W144346 Mamma wants to go bye bye Co 1269-D. Re G20237
W144347-2 You went away too far Co 1107-D, 0810

Chicago, Jun 18, 1927
W144351 Real estate papa Co 1269-D, Re G20237
W144352-2 I hold the world in the palm of my band Co 1107-D, 0810
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Jun 4 2008, 06:01 AM


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Bob, I have exactly the same record that Dismuke posted above. I found mine on eBay, though.

I really like this girl's voice. If anything else she did turns up, I'd be eager to hear it.
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Jun 2 2008, 08:18 PM


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QUOTE
I won a recording by The Sunflower Girl Of WBAP in the recent Nauck's auction.

She sounds a lot like Ruth Etting to me.


That was my observation when I played "I Hold the World in the Palm of My Hand" a few weeks ago on RADIOLA!--Bessie had a nice voice, a little less melodramatic than Ruth, and with a bit more vibrato.
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Posted on: May 8 2008, 04:36 PM


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Wow! Thanks, Don!!

I'm totally floored here.
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Posted on: May 1 2008, 02:12 AM


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This truly saddened me when I heard about it. I can't believe he's gone. I enjoyed "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" on the internet for the past several years, as well as Humph's own excellent jazz program (which he ended in March). God, I'll miss him.

What Louis actually called Humph: "that cat in England who swings his ass off." (Which he was, apparently right up until the very end.) Here's his BBC obit.
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Andy Senior
Posted on: Apr 23 2008, 05:32 AM


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The worst I've dealt with is when a particular section of a recording goes through my head (at any time) and I just can't place it. It might be a record I haven't played for twenty years--but when that continuous tape-loop starts playing, forget it. ("Each morning I get up with the sun/To find at night no work has been done.")

For some months I was plagued by the phrase "I love ya, love ya, love ya/All of the time." Then, I just happened to hear "The Antique Phonograph Hour" on WFMU (a show which usually makes me uncomfortable because I realize rare 78s are being played with steel needles) and MAC played Blanche Klaise's 1924 Cameo recording of "Daddy, Change Your Mind." The phrase fell satisfyingly into place like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle, and I was able to exorcise that tune. The only odd thing was, in my mind I heard the phrase being sung by a male vocalist!

But yes, I can't listen to music right before bed. (At night, a nice difficult crossword puzzle focuses my mind off everything else and puts me in the mood to sleep.) And I usually can't listen to any music for more than an hour or two at a time, unless it's Sunday night and Rich Conaty's Big Broadcast is on. Music is, after all, special. A surrounding sea of quiet time makes a little good music sound even better. (Half an hour a night is really an ideal serving.)
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Posted on: Apr 17 2008, 02:38 AM


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Most of my old radio programs are available for download for free HERE and HERE.

The downside is that my commentary is part and parcel of the deal, and they're not downloadable in single-song units. But they're free.

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Posted on: Apr 14 2008, 02:06 AM


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"BVE" meant that it was a ten-inch Victor Electric recording matrix. The whole story of Victor matrices is detailed HERE. The "C" matrices were 12-inch, and there were also seven-, eight-, and 14-inch masters.
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Posted on: Apr 9 2008, 03:52 PM


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If you paid through PayPal you should be able to file a claim. The seller is clearly at fault here, since most experienced and reputable record dealers know how to pack 78s. The extra 40 euros adds insult to grievous injury.

I don't like paying a lot for 78s--but even if you pay next to nothing for a record, getting it as a jigsaw puzzle is always heartbreaking. Whenever I get a "bargain" from someone who doesn't normally deal in shellac records, I send a polite note with packing instructions--that has cut way down on the casualty rate. In fact, I usually send such a note to any dealer I deal with for the first time, just to be safe. A good dealer won't resent the "advice"--though a bad one may totally ignore it!

UPDATE: I was writing the above while you were already posting your reply to Greg. I think taping too tight would do it. Also, the fewer records in a taped bundle, the better your chances of receiving them intact. (Rich Conaty, whom I've occasionally bought records from on eBay, won't send more than two at a time.) Gravity is the enemy here, and if a record or two is slightly warped, forget about it. Still, the seller wasn't entirely negligent--and I've gotten BIG boxes of records with no damage--so it might have been just a tragic misfortune.
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