Category Archives: 1950s

A Journey Into Stereo Sound

For over 12 years, London’s ffrr has been the world renowned symbol for the finest in high fidelity monaural recording. Today, with the advent of the stereo record, London’s technical knowledge and skill brings forth Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound…identified by ffss…the symbol for the finest in high fidelity stereophonic recording.

Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 19

This was found in the same package as many of the 78s I’ve posted, and was the same physical size, but was obviously a more modern disc: thinner, flexible vinyl, and with a 33 1/3 playback speed rather than 78. I believe this is mid- to late-50’s, but I’m not at all positive.

Tempo TR-608: Ben Light, ‘When Day is Done’/’Cocktails for Two’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

RCA Victor 10-3300: Mario Lanza, ‘The Loveliest Night of the Year’/’La Donna E Mobile’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

RCA Victor 10-1561: Mario Lanza, ‘Be My Love’/’I’ll Never Love You’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Decca 45008: Plehal Brothers, ‘Springtime Polka’/’Cuckoo Waltz’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Ira Ironstrings Plays: With Matches

‘Unmask the rogue,’ they demanded…’throw down the cloak of anonymity’…tell us, ‘who is Ira Ironstrings?’ That Ira Ironstrings is a delivish fellow is a foregone conclusion. Elusive too. And as mean a rogue as any black-hearted villain that sailed with Capt. Kidd. But Ironstrings (Lord love his playful spirit) has somehow managed to elude us, too. he’s made his second album and vanished stealthily into the black of night.

De Luxe 9148: Joseph Snihur (The Polka King) and His Orchestra: “Atomic Polka”/”Hometown Polka”

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Coral 64061: The Pinetoppers, ‘Big Parade Polka’/’Mockin’ Bird Hill’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.

Columbia 39710: Rosemary Clooney, ‘Half as Much’/’Poor Whip-Poor-Will’

One of many old 78s in my collection. Dates are approximated as best as possible based on the labels and what information I can find on the ‘net. The sound quality on these is quite variable. I’ve cleaned the worst of the pops and skips as best as I can, but these won’t be anywhere near modern fidelity. Enjoy them for what they are.