By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm
I realize that I’m fairly well-informed about technology. But to borrow a line from a favorite former boss of mine, what I don’t know could fill a warehouse. Fortunately, the combined wisdom of the mighty Technologizer community can answer virtually any tech question. Including this one, I hope.
Technologizer reader Chuck Mayper has a phonograph (78rpm, I assume–or is it a 45?) from June 1938. It’s a recording of a family event. He’d like to digitize it, of course–a job than can normally be done with something like an Ion USB turntable. But both sides of this record have “Start Here” notations which seem to tell the listener to place the needle on the inside edge, not the outside one.
I don’t know much about old records, but here’s a strange coincidence: I just read a post at my friend Michael Barrier’s site about an acetate recording of part of the soundtrack of a Daffy Duck cartoon released in 1938. It, too, has a note about starting from the inside.
So does anyone know what the deal is–and, most important, how Chuck can create an MP3 or CD of this recording?