Victor 7-Inch Records

The Berliner Gramophone Company was forced out of business in 1900 by its competitors in a patent war. Eldridge R. Johnson was its supplier of gramophones and now had a factory and inventory he couldn't just walk away from. Along with a new recording process of mastering in wax instead of zinc, he established his own company with control of the Berliner patents in 1900 The Consolidated Talking Machine Company. After further success in the "war" the following year, it was incorporated as the Victor Talking Machine Company we know today.

The new recording process involved cutting the groove directly into a wax master, versus tracing the sound wave in a wax-coated zinc disc that was then acid-etched to create the groove before removing the remaining wax. The result was a more natural, less-metallic sound with lower surface noise. Paper labels were another improvement, replacing the engraved kind found on Berliners. After a few years, Victor labels were also slightly recessed into the record itself to reduce their wear. However, the improvement that propelled this company and the disc record quickly to dominance was an increase in size. Ten-inch records were introduced in 1901, followed by twelve-inchers in 1903. Three or four minutes, respectively, could now be had instead of just the two that could fit on seven-inch discs and the cylinders of other companies. Seven-inchers therefore quickly faded from popularity and didn't even survive to the end of the first decade of the new century. Yet, during their lifetime they provided better durability, storage and arguably superior sound for the same price as cylinders.

Encoded Speed: 192 Kbps

La Lansonet Polka
George Schweinfest
Victor A-227
[Pre-Matrix A-]227, Take 1
September 22, 1900
Camden, New Jersey (?)

The Birds Sing Sweeter Lad At Home
J. W. Myers
Victor A-693
[Pre-Matrix A-]693, Take 1
February 20, 1901
Camden, New Jersey (?)
Note: Worn.

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
Lyric Trio
Victor A-723
[Pre-Matrix A-]723, Take 1
March 11, 1901
Camden, New Jersey (?)
Note: Tiny hairline crack at edge, not audible.

I Want to Go to Morrow (Blank)
Dan W. Quinn
Victor 12
[Pre-Matrix A-]12, Take V-4
July 11, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)
Note: Worn.

Yaller Gal
Billy Golden
Victor 620
[Pre-Matrix A-]620, Take 6
May 2, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)

The Washington Post March
Sousa's Band
Victor 1183
[Pre-Matrix A-]1183, Take 6
August 12, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)
Note: Played at 80 RPM.

The Maiden With The Dreamy Eyes
Harry Macdonough
Victor 1353
[Pre-Matrix A-]1353, Take 1
April 8, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)

The Message of the Violet
J. W. Myers
Victor 1796
[Pre-Matrix A-]1796, Take 1
November 20, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)
Note: Hairline crack at edge, not audible.

Come Little Girl and Tell Me Truly from "The Silver Slipper"
Mozart Quartet
Victor 1800
[Pre-Matrix A-]1800, Take 3
November 25, 1902
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)
Note: "Take 3", spoken by recording engineer, heard after announcement and before performance! DAHR notes "Quartet", not "Sextette".

Estudiantina Waltz (Blank)
Pryor's Orchestra
Victor 2762
Matrix# A-1109, Take 1
March 14, 1904
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (?)
Note: Worn.

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