Ma Rainey - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom / Georgia Cake Walk Paramount 12590

Sold Date: March 14, 2019
Start Date: March 4, 2019
Final Price: $217.50 (USD)
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This is Ma Rainey and Her Georgia Band doing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Georgia Cake Walk" on Paramount 12590.

Overall the record has the usual wear for being this old, and plays with a fair amount of surface noise. In spite of that, you can hear everything pretty well.

Side A - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - V+  Plays all the way through with no skips and relatively clear sound.  Does have the typical surface hiss but is not significant.

Side B - Georgia Cake Walk - V  It starts noisy due to the wear and a scratch at the beginning to about halfway through which causes a few skips in the middle, but clears up after that.

Sound is strong in spite of the surface noise.

Samples can be found at:


All Records are visually AND play graded on a Dual 1019 record player with a Shure magnetic cartridge with no filters and flat response. 

N. As new and unplayed (there are virtually no 78s that can categorically be claimed to be unplayed).

N-. Nearly Mint, but has been played. No visible signs of wear or damage.

E+. Plays like new, with very, very few signs of handling, such as tiny scuffs from being slipped in and out of jackets.

E. Still very shiny, near new looking, with no visible signs of wear, but a few inaudible scuffs and scratches.

E-. Still shiny but without the lustre of a new record, few light scratches.

V+. An average condition 78 in which scuffs and general use has dulled the finish somewhat. Wear is moderate but playing is generally free from distortion. Surface noise not overly pronounced

V. Moderate, even wear throughout, but still very playable. Surface noise and scratches audible but not intrusive.

V-. Quite playable still, but distortion and heavy greying in loud passages. Music remains loud in most passages. Surface noise and scratches well below music level.

G+. Grey throughout but still serviceable. Music begins to sound muffled. Heavy scratches.

G. Quite seriously worn and scratched, but music level is still higher than surface noise.

G-. Music still prominent, but wear and scratch damage extensive.

F. Most of music remains audible over surface noise, but listening now uncomfortable.

P. Unplayable.