The young Fred Gaisberg arrived in Liverpool and made his way to London to set up his studio. Despite the long journey and unfamiliar country Gaisberg was in high spirits and recalls
“Arriving in London at the tail end of a strawberry glut of which I took the fullest advantage.”
– Fred Gaisberg
Before any recordings could be made he needed to find the correct space for the studio and purchase all the necessary materials and chemicals. His Notebook is filled with a long list of items such as:
– A gallon of coal oil
– Jars and pitchers of earthenware and glass
– A soldering iron
– An etching tank
– Oil cloth
– Cotton cloth
– A bucket
All parts were necessary to make the discs after the recording.
The studio was based in the basement room of the dingy Old Coburn Hotel.
“Yes, grimy was the word for it. The smoking room of the Old Coburn Hotel was our improvised studio. There stood the recording machine on a high stand; from this projected a long, thin trumpet into which the artist sang. Close by on a high movable platform, was an upright piano.”
-Gaisberg’s description of the studio
Although it was grimy it was very well placed near the theatres, concert and dance halls of London’s west end, which made finding artists to record easier for the young American.
By the end of the first week of August all the necessary materials were purchased, the studio was set up and began recording. The records were made in Hanover at Berliner’s bothers factory. The earliest discs issued are dated
One of the first recording artists was Syria Lamonte, an Australian singer working at Rules Restaurant in Maiden Lane.