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Homemade Record Database

Below is a listing of homemade lacquer records, acetate records, aluminum records and glass records with their approximate production dates. This database will be updated regularly to add new label variations and manufacturers in an attempt to provide information regarding the many types of homemade records produced from 1930-1960.

Acetate or lacquer records first came into use in the 1930s as a way to create reference copies of master recordings. However, it wasn’t until the 1940s and 50s that they became a popular format for creating demo and home recordings.

Acetate records are made by coating a metal disc, glass or cardboard fiber with a layer of nitrocellulos lacquer. A cutting lathe is then used to cut a groove into the acetate coating, which corresponds to the audio signal being recorded. The resulting acetate disc is a one-off recording that can be used for home or institutional use, demonstration purposes or to create a limited run of vinyl records.

Homemade lacquer records are extremely fragile and wear easily by simply playing them, many are now peeling, cracking or chipped. Playing them with the wrong type of stylus often further damages their delicate surfaces. The sound quality they exhibit is mostly extremely poor, especially due to the fact that they were often made by amateurs in a home setting with consumer grade equipment. Lacquer record digitizing will preserve the current state of the recorded media however the vast majority of the time digital audio restoration will be needed to further enhance the inferior sound quality. It is important to note that most lacquer record audio can not be FULLY restored by any means but can be improved through cleaning, using proper transfer equipment, and state of the art digital restoration tools.

Homemade Record Types

Audiodisc Recording Blank (Early Label Variation)

Dated 1948

Unknown Composition

Audiodisc transfer services

Audiodisc Recording Blank

1940’s-1960’s

Unknown Composition

Audiodisc Record Transfer

Audiodisc Recording Blank (Label Variation 2)

Mid-Late 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Audiodisc home recording disc transfer services

Clear-O Recording Disc

Mid 1940’s

Glass Record

glass disc

Duodisc

Mid 1940’s

Aluminum Core

duodisc record homemade record

Federal Perma Disk

Late 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Federal Perma Disk record transfer services

Howard Home Recording Disc

Early 1940’s

Aluminum Core

howard record transfer

McCrery Music (Orange Lacquer record)

Early 1940’s

Cardboard/Fiber

McCrery Music lacquer Record transfer

Microlac Recording Disc by Reeves Soundcraft

1950’s

Unknown Composition

Microlac Recording Disc by reeves soundcraft

National Hollywood Recording Disc

Dated 1949

Unknown Composition

National Hollywood disc transfer

Nelson's Plattertag (Radio Station Recording)

Date Late 1940 – Early 1950’s

Unknown Composition

Nelson's Plattertag Record transfer serives

Packard-Bell PhonOcord Record

Early 1940’s

Cardboard/Fiber

packard-bell phonocord record transfer

Phil Saltman Studios (A Lacquer Most Likely From A Major Lacquer Producer Recorded Under The Name "Phil Saltman")

Dated 1940

Unknown Composition

Phil Saltman Studios record transfer

Philco Safety Record

Dated 1943

Unknown Composition

philco safety record transfer

Presto

Late 1930’s

Aluminum Core

presto record transfer services

Presto (Label Variation 2)

Dated 1940 & 1941

Aluminum Core

Presto home made record transfer

Presto (Label Variation 3)

Dated 1959

Unknown Composition

Presto Version 2

Rainbo Records Repro Disc (Red Lacquer Record)

Early 1940’s

Cardboard/Fiber

Rainbo Records Repro Disc Transfer Services

RCA Victor Home Recording Record

Dated 1937

Unknown Composition

RCA Victor Home Recording Record transfer services

RCA Victor Phonogram

Early-Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

RCA Victor Phonogram record transfer services

Recoton Corp.

Early 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Recoton record transfer services

Recordisc (Green Label)

Dated 1941

Unknown Composition

Recordisc lacquer record transfer

Recordisc "Victory Speed" Label

Dated 1942

Unknown Composition

Recordisc homemade record transfer service

Recordisc (Orange/Rust Label)

Dated 1946

Unknown Composition

Recordisc record transfer

Recordisc (Green Label)

Dated 1940

Unknown Composition

homemade Recordisc transfer services

Recordisc (Blue Label)

Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Recordisc home made record to digital service

Recordisc (Purple Label)

Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Recordisc record transfer

Recordisc (Red Label)

Dated 1949

Unknown Composition

Recordisc Home Record transfer

Remsen Disc

Late 1930’s

Aluminum Record

Remsen Disc Aluminum Record Transfer

Silvertone Record Disc

Early – Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Silvertone

Silvertone (Sears Roebuck & Co. Label)

Dated 1942

Unknown Composition

Silvertone (Sears Roebuck & Co.Label) Record to CD transfer services

Soundcraft Audition Recording Disc

Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

soundcraft record digitizing

Soundcraft Audition Recording Disc (Label Variation 2)

1940’s

Unknown Composition

Reeves Soundcraft Record digitizing services

Speak-O-Phone

Mid 1930’s

Aluminum Record

speak-o-phone aluminum record transfer

Universal Microphone Co.

Dated 1934

Aluminum Record

Universal Microphone Co Aluminum Record Transfer Serives

USO Club Voice Recording

Early 1940’s

Cardboard/Fiber

uso record transfer

USO Club Voice Letter

Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

USO Club Voice Letter Record Transfer Services

Victor Home Recording Record Blank

Mid 1930’s

Cardboard/Fiber

victor home recording record transfer

Voice-O-Graph

Dated 1949

Unknown Composition

Voice-O-Graph Recording Disc transfer services

Voice-O-Graph (Label Variation 2)

Unknown Date

Unknown Composition

voice-o-graph record transfer services

Voice-O-Graph (Label Variation 3)

Dated 1960

Unknown Composition

Voice-O-Graph homemade record transfer

Warner Automatic Voice Studio

Mid 1930’s

Aluminum Record

warner automatic voice studio aluminum record transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Red Lacquer Disc)

Dated 1941

Unknown

red wilcox-gay recordio home recording transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Yellow Lacquer Disc)

Mid 1940’s

Cardboard/Fiber Core

yellow wilcox-gay recordio record transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Yellow Lacquer Disc Label Variation 2)

Dated 1945

Cardboard/Fiber Core

wilcox-gay recordio yellow record transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc

Dated 1947

Aluminum Core

wilcox-gay recordio disc transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Red Lacquer Disc Label Variation 2)

Late 1940’s

Cardboard/Fiber Core

wilcox-gay recordio disc lacquer transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Red Lacquer Disc Label Variation 3)

Late 1940’s

Unknown

red wilcox-gay recordio disc transfer

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Red Lacquer Disc Label Variation 4)

Dated 1951

Unknown

red wilcox gay recordio disc transfer services

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Label Variation 2)

Dated 1951

Unknown Composition

 

Recordio Disc Blue Label

Wilcox-Gay Recordio Disc (Label Variation 3 Off-White Lacquer Record)

Dated 1950

Cardboard/Fiber Core

Wilcox-Gay Recordio White Lacquer record Transfer Services

Zephyr Products Co.

Mid 1940’s

Unknown Composition

Zephyr

Homemade Record Sleeves, Mailers & Other Items Of Interest

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