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Audio Recordings of Mechanical Music
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Yesterday's postings about audio recordings of mechanical
musical instruments only served to prove how diverse the thinking 
is when it comes quality.  Some years back I purchased a set of CDs
from Europe.  To put it kindly, they were seriously lacking in quality.
But, I got to hear the music and that was enough.

I think it's important to let the public know what they're buying
before they spend their money.  So, offering a free sample of the worst
recording is the right to do.  If the customer finds that acceptable,
then they will be happy with all the rest of the music.

With today's technology, it's quite easy (although time consuming) 
to 'doctor' audio recordings and eliminate almost anything that is
'unpleasant' (clicks, pops, hissing, etc.).  By using the correct
filters and equalization, I've made recordings sound much better than
the actual instrument.

Art Reblitz made a good point concerning profit.  Not only does it
apply to audio recordings, it also applies to most music rolls.  As 
a roll dealer, I have to be willing to work for what actually amounts
to only $10 per hour.  Fortunately, I have other items that are easier
to process and have a higher profit margin.  If such were not the case,
I'd have to close the web site.

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Mon 16 Aug 2010, 17:58:06 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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