Ella Fitzgerald, Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie 45rpm Lacquers (Side A1)
  $   87


$   87 Sold For
Apr 29, 2016 End Date
Apr 24, 2016 Start Date
$   10 Start price
9 Number Of Bids
USA Country Of Seller
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SS: Still Sealed
Label: Verve
Catalog Number:
MGVS 4053-45
Product Condition: M/ Mint

You're bidding on the complete Side A1 of Ella Fitzgerald's "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!" 45rpm* Original Master Lacquers which were cut from master tapes provided to Classic Records by Verve for the LP reissue.

Side A1 Tracks: Night In Tunisia, You're My Thrill
One of a kind original master lacquers cut from the original master tapes and used by Classic Records to produce stampers that pressed their vinyl reissue editions.
Here's how it works: In real time, the master tape was running along with the cutting lathe cutting the groove modulations in the master lacquer.  The master lacquer was then electroplated and produced a Master plate used ultimately to make stampers that press vinyl records.  Once the master lacquer has made its metal master it can still be played like an LP and represents the CLOSEST transfer to the original master tape used to cut it! A "lacquer" of an LP is simply the original 14"-diameter, nitro cellulose-coated aluminum disc that the LP mastering engineer "cuts" with a heated stylus assembly from either the master tape, or in the case of a "direct-to-disc" recording, literally from the live microphone feed. If any mistake is made when cutting the lacquer, it must be thrown out and a new one started. The lacquer is then used to start the plating process for making standard PVC LP records, and then stored for possible future use. Lacquers are actually playable on a standard phonograph system if trimmed to 12" in diameter to fit the turntable, as they are a "positive" of the recording, just like the final finished LPs that come from them. HOWEVER, they are VERY fragile, as nitro cellulose is a very soft material. The process of hand trimming the 14" processed lacquers is very delicate and can result in small chips around the trimmed are which generally does not affect playback using a standard cartridge. While fragile by nature, processed lacquers are the highest-fidelity source of the music except for the original master tape itself.  The sound of lacquer is as close to the sound of the master tape as you can ever get - with the least amount of information lost in the transfer and the highest fidelity.   For these special sets, the master lacquers have been delicately trimmed down from 14" to 12" in diameter so that they can be played back on any modern turntable.  Each disc is single sided and perfectly flat for playback sound that is nothing short of breathtaking. This is a rare opportunity to procure a collectible that will only grow in value over time!

Each lacquer is sealed and packaged in a white jacket to preserve their collectibility.

*45 rpm records have long been recognized as providing a higher fidelity musical experience resulting purely from the cartridge being able to extract more of the nuance from the complex vertical and horizontal groove modulations in stereo LP’s. Further, Classic Records 45 rpm “single sided” pressings dramatically reduce the mechanical resonances created by the cartridge during playback by allowing these resonances to be more fully transmitted to and absorbed by the turntable platter.  Classic Records Clarity Vinyl 45 rpm pressings are designed and manufactured to provide the “LOWEST DISTORTION” in every aspect of LP playback resulting in putting the listener as close to the music as possible.

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