Bo Diddly/I’m a man
Shelac/Clay 78 RPM single. Circa 1955.
This is one of my favorite pieces from my personal collection. Pressed into a remarkably brittle clay, this is the quintessential song of early rock and R&B.
I’ve been sitting on this one for a while. I picked it up a few years ago at an estate sale, because it was too awesome to pass up, but I’ve never owned a record player that was designed for playing 78s.
I’ve still got it. I’ve only listened to it twice, the first time shortly after I purchased it, the second time last night as I recorded audio samples using a friends turntable. To be frank, it was amazing. 78s sound… just different. What they lack in fidelity they make up for in character, in force. They transform familiar songs into something wholly other.
On the table we used it played through without skipping. It was a bit noisy, but that is the way of these things. As I said, I’ve recorded some audio samples, and I will post them soon.
I honestly don’t want to get rid of it. I’m even less inclined to upon hearing it again, but I can’t justify keeping it without the ability to listen to it.
I’m planning on selling it, but I’d like to avoid eBay and the like. It’s a really cool, and rather obscure find, and I thought I’d give the folks here at tumblr the first crack at it.
I’m asking $50 for the record, plus shipping. We can handle payment through paypal or google checkout.
More photos (and an audio sample) available upon request.
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