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    Went down to my local carboot this morning, picked up some cheap vinyl, as you do.

    got some dub 12"s 6 six street, sorry-carroll thompson
    barrington levy - here i come
    step in the arena by gangstarr
    king bee - oral exitement
    interesting spoken word 7" all about british castles (very informative)

    Dissapointingly didnt find anything of worth that was older than 79, apart from a couple of those mad D.I.Y 45 singles, made by calibre.

    I love these things you never know whats gonna be on them, stupidly crackly though.

    I got two by some chap doing engelbert covers, crazy stuff, I think he starts reciting dirty poems at the end but its hard to work out what he's saying

    anyone else experenced any DIY 45's
    Earfuzz

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    i found a weird 8" once that played on 78 which was a family sending a message to their relation in Canada...strange
    Country be dyin like poor people do
    Hospitals be closing...doors to me and you (Lopazz - Blood)

    And here's some other stuff that i get up to...

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Serio...796469?fref=ts

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    • #3
      I've got one of a couple of middle-aged sounding scoutmasters talking about some kind of scout conference in Sweden - I shall always wonder who they were!

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      • #4
        I thought there would be alot of these on ebay, but have not been able to find any.
        Earfuzz

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        • #5
          There was some correspondence on these discs in Record Collector a while back, and I may be going mad here, but I think there may even be a website about them.

          Either way, I wish they were still around - there's something about being on an actual record that seems much more appealing than being recorded at home on tape!

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          • #6
            information about these "record booth" recordings in general seems to be pretty scarce online

            if only these DIY record booths still existed
            Earfuzz

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lord Thames
              There was some correspondence on these discs in Record Collector a while back, and I may be going mad here, but I think there may even be a website about them.

              Either way, I wish they were still around - there's something about being on an actual record that seems much more appealing than being recorded at home on tape!
              thanks

              I'll have a look for the website,

              I think I know the one you mean, did it have a collection of american early homemade recordings.

              I think I found it buy searching for 'wierd music' or 'records'

              http://www.lexpages.com/weirdrecords/weirdrecords.html

              This is the one ive seen before only now updated
              Last edited by maWhie; 13-03-2005, 10:34 PM.
              Earfuzz

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              • #8
                There was a radio programme on them about a year ago apparently the last machine went out of circulation in about 1973 as home cassette machines came into their own. I always pick these up, feels a bit like reading other peoples mail creating a bit of a guilt feeling, but irresistible (not that I read other peoples mail mind). There seems to be certain styles on these self recordings i.e. three minutes of giggling and gaoding each other on to sing something followed by twenty seconds of the Beatles 'latest offering'.

                There are some from the fifties (I guess from the musical choices) which are on pictures, like those postcard records you see
                Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by maWhie

                  if only these DIY record booths still existed
                  does anyone know where there might be a Vestax Vinyl Cutter?
                  i remember a few yera sback ther e was talk of them being the next big thing (at least in the turntablist world) cos you could get your own custom LPs cut for about 30 quid.

                  did that service ever appear?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nico Gomez
                    does anyone know where there might be a Vestax Vinyl Cutter?
                    i remember a few yera sback ther e was talk of them being the next big thing (at least in the turntablist world) cos you could get your own custom LPs cut for about 30 quid.

                    did that service ever appear?
                    there was talk of this a while ago - tried to search it out but couldn't find it. they cost about 5G!!!!
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                    • #11
                      Vaguely on this subject, I picked up a couple of records that I'm curious about...

                      1. Jack Diamond with the Colin Prince Trio - a cabaret record (with nice funky Spinning Wheel) but its pressed on Northern Record Suppliers, which I see around a fair bit. Anyone got any idea about NRS? Google no help whatsoever. Were they just a local pressing plant?

                      2. This is the one that really throws me...found in a York charity shop...a private press/test pressing 78. No details at all on the label except the track lengths and the numebr #2 on one side and #5 on the other. The label (and company sleeve) is from 'Audiodisc' based on Madison Avenue, NY which is mentioned briefly on that Weird Acetate site. Any info? The recording is an English bloke reciting one of Paul's letters to the Corinthians and then delivering a sermon based on it on the other.
                      Mixes, compilations and the like

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                      • #12
                        http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache...+york%22&hl=en

                        Just found this. Not read it yet but it seems like it might be interesting...
                        Mixes, compilations and the like

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Col Wolfe
                          there was talk of this a while ago - tried to search it out but couldn't find it. they cost about 5G!!!!
                          i was under the impression that some of the big record shops were going to buy them and charge a fairly good price per disc, and that the results would be a lot sturdier than acetates.
                          maybe it wasn't worth it for them.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nico Gomez
                            does anyone know where there might be a Vestax Vinyl Cutter?
                            i remember a few yera sback ther e was talk of them being the next big thing (at least in the turntablist world) cos you could get your own custom LPs cut for about 30 quid.

                            did that service ever appear?
                            You can certainly get this done in Japan. DJ Sheep was talking about it here or on the Soulstrut forum.


                            I have three of those Calibre voice recordings. A Happy New Year message from one copule to another, some guy singing some song and a couple of little kids singing and giggling. All inevitable crackly and skippy. I also have a small metal voice record with is about 4 inches in diameter and made by a company in Wembley called Amusment Equipment Co LTD (phone Wembley 3731). It's only to be played 'using wooden needles' but I did dare pay it using an old diamond needle and it was some old guy with a message for Aida.

                            'Cheerio Aida'

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                            • #15
                              My Mum Made One

                              Hi!

                              I know this is a really old thread but I've been looking for info on these Calibre Auto Recordings everywhere. I'm studying Music Tech and we had to do a presentation on different recording eras (acoustic, electric, digital). So I went to my Grandmother's house to see if she had any old recordings and I found the Calibre Auto Recording

                              It is of my mum and her two sisters and was recorded in Pontings Department store on High Street Kensington in 1962. It is very crackly but you can hear all the words. It starts off with my mum saying "This is Deirdre wishing you a Merry Christmas from Pontings". Then they sing the first Noel and We wish you a Merry Christmas. It is really cool!

                              I was just wondering if anyone knew exactly how the recording booth actually worked because noone seems to know much about these things?

                              I think we should still have them now too

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