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Welte-Mignon Recording Secret to be Revealed
By Matthew Caulfield

The following appeared on today's Rollscanners Digest (no. 543):

  Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2006 03:27:30 -0000
  From: "londierowleik" <>
  Subject: Welte Exploration in Freiburg, Germany - Experiment
    of Prof. Dr. Peetz

  Augustinermuseum: "Das Geheimnis der Aufnahmen für Welte-Mignon"
  Vortrag in der Welte-Ausstellung

  Am letzten Tag der Ausstellung "Automatische Musikinstrumente aus
  Freiburg in die Welt - 100 Jahre Welte-Mignon" im Augustinermuseum
  lüftet Professor Ludwig Peetz das Geheimnis der einzigartigen Welte-
  Aufnahmetechnik: Der Vortrag findet dort am Sonntag, 8. Januar, um
  10.30 Uhr statt.

  Im Gegensatz zum 1904 patentierten Wiedergabeverfahren hat die Firma
  M. Welte & Söhne ihr Aufnahmeverfahren streng geheimgehalten. In den
  letzten Jahren sind verschiedene Theorien darüber diskutiert worden,
  die in Forschungskreisen zum Teil heftig umstritten sind. Eine der am
  weitesten ausgearbeiteten aber auch am meisten umstrittenen Theorien
  ist die sogenannte "High-Tech-Variante" von Professor Peetz. Anhand
  eines Funktionsmodells und eines Oszilloskops stellt sie der
  ausgewiesene Welte-Experte hier vor.
  Der Eintritt kostet 5, ermäßigt 3 Euro einschließlich

The body of the posting would translate thus:

  Augustinermuseum: "The Secret of the Recordings for Welte-Mignon"
  Lecture at the Welte Exhibition

  On the final day of the exhibition "Automatic Musical Instruments
  from Freiburg to the World -- 100 Years of Welte-Mignon" in the
  Augustinermuseum, Professor Ludwig Peetz airs the secret of the
  unique Welte recording technique.  The lecture takes place there
  on Sunday, January 8, at 10:30 a.m.

  In contrast to the transcription process that was patented in 1904,
  the firm of M. Welte & Sons held their recording process in strict
  secrecy.  In recent years various theories about the process have
  been discussed, theories which have been debated, sometimes
  strenuously, in research circles.  One of the most well-developed,
  but also most debated, theories is the so-called "High-Tech-Version"
  of Professor Peetz.  With the aid of a functioning model and an
  oscilloscope, the acknowledged Welte expert will present it here.

  The entry fee is 5, reduced 3 euro including exhibition entry.

(This last about the entry fee is not clear to me, but I am not going

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Wed 4 Jan 2006, 21:24:58 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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