Decca Issue Long-playing Records
First List to be Released During This Month
The Decca Record Co., Ltd., will bring long-playing gramophone records
to the British market for the first time this month by releasing a list of
over fifty recordings. They are 33 1/3 r.p.m. microgroove records made of
unbreakable material, and recorded by the company’s "f.f.r.r."
full-frequency range system. To enable the records to be played with
existing reproducing equipment, Decca have already announced a range of 33
1/3 r.p.m. and dual-speed motors. Full details of this were published in
the last issue of the Trader. The simple single-speed 33 1/3 r.p.m. player
retails at £8 18s, including tax. The records are made of a material
named Geon and are of the usual 10 and 12in diameter, with small-size
centre holes. They are supplied complete with decorated pictorial
containers, many of which include authoritative notes on the music
Many Complete Works
The firsts list contains a wide selection of classical works, including
complete Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart symphonies; operatic and light
orchestral works; and even dance music. As an example of the
potentialities of the long-playing technique, one 10in record presents a
complete concert of popular music, comprising eight numbers, played by the
Queen’s Hall Light Symphony Orchestra. On a single 10in dance record are
compressed no fewer than eight current numbers.
The following prices, including tax, have been fixed for the new L.P.