B1082. AIDA FAVIA-ARTSAY. Caruso On Records. New York, The Historic Record, 1965. 218pp. Index; Illus. (Incl. two Caruso stroboscopes); DJ. Choice copy.
“Favia-Artsay, in particular, made an amazing contribution, listing the correct playing speed for each recording. Using sheet music and opera scores, she pitched each record and determined the rpm required to play back the record accurately. She single-handedly forced collectors to buy variable speed record players. [Editor's note: CARUSO ON RECORDS included a pair of disc stroboscopes to help set phonograph turntables at the proper speeds: 60 cps and 50cps for use, respectively, in the USA and abroad.]
There was a magic moment in the history of recorded sound and it is sometimes exaggerated or its significance may be lost on today's listeners. The record catalogs in 1902 contained very few records, and even fewer by celebrities. There was very little public demand for record players, but the industry was on the verge of being able to reliably reproduce sound and of mass-producing records. When Caruso's first ten records were offered for sale in the summer of 1902, they created a sensation and a demand for record players. The Caruso records were so good that they actually sounded like music when played. Caruso became a celebrity and he was very much in demand for public performance. Other artists, many of whom had refused to record, changed their minds and signed contracts with recording companies. And, as a consequence, became more famous, but none as famous or as popular as Caruso.
The tenor's voice recorded well. He had a gift and the recording horn was very kind to him.”
- John Bolig, ARSC Journal, Spring 2003