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Subject: 16 rpm records

Written By: goodsally on 03/04/12 at 3:25 pm

What do people know of 16 rpm records?  Though it was always a speed setting on phonographs and stereos, I only recall seeing one; it was a self-recording of my Mom and her friend in a recording booth (similar to a photo booth).  Were 16 rpm's ever used commercially?


Subject: Re: 16 rpm records

Written By: fusefan on 03/04/12 at 4:56 pm

I believe they might have made them for audiobooks (before books on tape) and background music to play in stores. I been collecting records for 4 years and i've still haven't found any of 'em.  :P

Subject: Re: 16 rpm records

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 03/05/12 at 7:46 pm

Seeburg 1000 background music system.

16 RPM, usually 16 and change, was also used for transcriptions of prerecorded material for radio.  I've seen them from time to time at flea markets and record sales.  I'm sure you can find them on eBay or and specialty sites on the net. 

I've also seen 16-inch records, which were also used for transcriptions starting in the 1930s.  These were usually recorded at 33 1/2 RPM, but you need a special turntable to play 'em properly.  Many of them were not pressed to last.  Cheap shellac all peeling apart now.


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