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  •  Not standard size; they seemed larger than 16". (0+ / 0-)

    Honest, they were huge, and only for his own listening. He loved classical music. Question: when did 33 1/3 rpm become the standard? If, in the '50's he was cutting at 78, that would explain the need for a very large disc, in order to get an entire uninterrupted symphony.

    •  33s were introduced in 1948. (0+ / 0-)

      By 1950 they were considered the standard for classical music and albums (while 45s, introduced in 1949, were the standard for singles).

      They were still broadcasting live classical performances in the early '50s, so your dad may have been capturing those.

      •  Mea culpa. (0+ / 0-)

        I hadn't read your entire diary before commenting, because it was late and I was tired. I see you did include that information in the diary. I remembered another thing: those huge discs were only cut on one side. It may be possible that what he was doing was a short-lived, dead-end, side-shoot technology that never caught on or was used by the mainstream. My dad was obviously a bit of a maverick. He resisted CD technology, hoping that Digital Audio Tapes would win out over CD's. Then he succumbed to his old age and spent his final years listening to his cassettes of Marian McPartland Jazz.

        (His custom studio included storage compartments for his LPs. Some were built to hold those giant discs, in addition to the ones sized for store-bought albums. If you are interested in learning about this possible bit of trivia in the history of LPs I'll try to track down the contact at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

        Thanks again. I look forward to the next installment.

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