Music Advent 2021 - Day 7 - Adeste Fideles

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Today we're listening to Adeste Fideles from John McCormack 1919. This 12 inch record is played on a Victrola the ninth with a loud steel needle stylus.

Volume control on early acoustic Victrolas was performed in two methods, the first of which was to open or close the doors in front of the horn, and the second was via the choice of stylus. A quiet needle was thin and lightweight. A medium needle was a little heaver, and a loud needle was the thickest of the three.

I hope you enjoy today's song.


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Jeez this is awesome. I always wanted to have a phonograph. Hard to find one now that is working too expensive. I love how it sounds like a haunting voice from the past. I'm a sucker for old jazz music. Since no phonograph spotify does the trick for those old jazz records.

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Thanks! These old records are fantastic. "Haunting" is definitely the right word to describe them; echoes from over 100 years ago.

These phonographs are surprisingly common in the US still. I've found several (that I have not purchased) on auction sites, and I might actually begin to look at some local pawn shops. One never knows.

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This would be difficult to forget, Victor. Maybe the song, that I love so much, or perhaps his voice. Distant and calling out to me.

Another winner. I love it. And- 1919!!

Play me another.

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Thanks so much! I'm debating what tomorrow's will be. Not sure yet. I know I definitely have the final 12 days of advent planned out!

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