February 14, 2016

Our Vault

play78Our “vault” contains hundreds of vintage and historical original recordings on records, tapes and other media. We will remaster and publish some of the recordings over the next couple of months (copyright permitting).  All records are carefully transferred and remastered. Yes – you can buy the records. But please understand: The audio quality of the original will not be comparable to our remasters.

We have been asked a few times about the equipment we’re using for our transfers.  We’re using a Stanton STR8.150 with a SHURE M78S cartridge. This direct drive turntable allows pretty much all speeds down to 16rpm.

Enjoy listening to a few pieces of musical history

Jascha Heifetz, (1901 – 1987) was a Lithuanian born violinist. Many consider him to be the greatest violinist of all time. This is one of his early recordings from 1926 though he already was a sensation at this time.

Added February 2017
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quartet_roundThe Budapest String Quartet was formed in 1917 by four friends, all members of opera orchestras that had ceased playing owing to World War I. This is a 1927 recording of Dvořák’s quartet in F major, composed in 1893. Approx. 22 minutes.

Added August 2016
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littlebrownjugAnother well known tune. In 1939, Glenn Miller recorded and broadcast his swing instrumental arrangement of the folk song “Little Brown Jug” with great success. Here’s a polka version of the song,song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner

Added August 2016
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lanigiro-formeandmygalBased in Switzerland, the Lanigiro Band was the hottest European dance band even through the darkest times. Who said that only Americans could play Jazz and Swing?

Added July 2016
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tj_testpressing_labelGlenn Miller’s “Tuxedo Junction” – Test pressing. This record is especially important, because the metal masters are not very usable anymore. We know – we worked with them.

Added June 2016
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ramblinbluesThis is a nice “Arkansas Blues” recording from the early original “Little Ramblers”  –  recorded July 1924

Added April 2016
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starspangled1917 – McCormack version of The Star-Spangled Banner: This is an early mechanical recording of what finally became the American National Anthem – 14 years later.

Added April 2016
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vocalion-1035This rare “Jimmy Bertrand” 1926 Vocalion record is known to have fetched 400 Dollars or more on auctions. We have remastered our copy for you to enjoy.

Added April 2016
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dixieA male chorus sings “Dixieland” . This recording has been made around 1900 – at a time were the performers had to sing directly into the recording device without the benefit of electronic amplifiers.

Added Feb. 2016
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tipplabThis is the song of World War I – and we’re of course talking about “The Long Way To Tipperary” – as performed in 1914 by John Mccormack. Everybody knows this song – and here’s the original.

Added Feb. 2016
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whoppie_wbgHere’s another ear worm, nicely remastered from the original 1929 recording. For those who don’t know the background of this song: It has been called a “dire warning”, largely to men, about the “trap” of marriage.

Added March 2016
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