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A question for historians/elders

If I turned on a radio in 1936 and this song came on ... would it sound exactly the same as it does in this recording (slightly muffled/scratchy)? Assuming, of course, I had the best radio on the market.

Or has time degraded the original recording to make it sound this way?

This question may be stupid, but it's something about older (1940s and earlier) musical recordings that I've always wondered.

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by Anonymousreply 2January 13, 2022 9:07 PM

It would have sounded better.

For recordings made before 1945, all we have left, if we are lucky, are original shellac records. There was no magnetic tape back then. I’m greatly simplifying the process, but, essentially, sound was recorded onto wax, and records were pressed from that. As a result, with very old recordings there’s no “original” source left, only very old records that now sound scratchy.

by Anonymousreply 1January 13, 2022 9:04 PM

That makes sense. Thanks r1!

by Anonymousreply 2January 13, 2022 9:07 PM
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