03-27-2019 02:15 PM
My grandparents had one of those Victolas. I remember they had a box of spare needles (like sewing machine needles without the slot for thread). I still have a box of 78's from my parents. I think all big-band music; many with young Frank Sinatra.
I tried to make an mp3 by playing a 78 at 45 rpm and then slowing down using "Audacity". Fun project for "proof of concept".
03-27-2019 02:44 PM
Ha! I'm not old enough to have owned a Victrola but have a friend who has one. I have maybe 3 feet of well-used (scratchy) 78 LPs in the basement though. In the late 1960's I hired into RCA in Camden NJ. The studio where Enrico Caruso made his recordings was in one of the many buildings. I think Rutgers owns it now. I spent most of a 38 year career there working on recording systems of one type or another: satelite recorders for NASA and NOAA (magnetic tape early on, solid state later), developing optical disk technology that we lost to Japan when no one in America would make the media, etc. I declined the *opportunity* to transfer to Indianapolis to work on RCA's Selectavision video when I realized that VCRs with their recording capability were going to dominate the market. I was lucky to work in engineering during the decades when hardware was king.