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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Radio Shack/Tandy Realistic Changer (and radio.)
Took a lot of work to get it up and running again, but I did it. (and DAMN it sounds nice.)
Spent the evening spinning 78s on Eytan’s wonderfully compact GE turntable.
For a few hours this morning there were 6 turntables in my home. That was kind of neat. The number is back down to a far more manageable three now. (I got a new table! Pictures and details coming soon!)
I wish I had a table that was designed for 78s. I have a great collection of rare/obscure jazz, blues, and ‘pop’ records from the turn of the century up through the 1950s. Most of them are terribly fragile, at this point in their lives. (Some of them, the WWII era ‘V-Discs’ in particular, are as sturdy as modern albums.) I have access to a cheap crosley table that I could play them on, but I really don’t want to go that route. I’d rather have something with a good mono/78 cartridge. Something sturdy enough to stand up to those deep grooves, and yet gentle enough not to cause significant damage to these wonderful records.
Suggestions? Drop them in my ask, please.
Seven record players. While one of them continuously plays the LP Programme Radio that was composed with Rainier Lericolais and Christel Brunet (reference OS.000) the six other turntables are switched on randomly and we can hear the sudden jumps and clicks of purposely scratched 45’s of light variety music.
This audio installation is … well I wish I could have seen it in person. It’s fascinating.
My album shelf
The shelf hails from Ikea. The ugly all-in-one system on the right is a goodwill find. It has a decent tone arm and cartridge and an 1/8th inch headphone jack, so I can listen to albums while Amber does her homework.
The stack of albums next to it are my new arrivals. Every one of those album has been here less than two weeks. I’m sorting through them, listening to them, and grading them. I’m considering selling a couple of them (Mostly, doubles and triples.) When I decide if that’s what I’m going to do, I’ll post about it here.