Saturday, September 11, 2010

The 45 Caliber Story

People have asked about the name 45 story and how it came about. The 7″ 45 rpm record was introduced in 1949 by RCA as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs. Our founder Rex Caliber jumped on this new form of musical recording. He bought all kinds of blues and country discs for the studio, so much so that the record store started teasing him about how he was there more than the employees, and gave him the moniker "45 Caliber". He liked it so much that he named the studio name by the moniker.

Another innovation was that 45 caliber were the first people to use twin turntables for continuous play. In the late 1940’s Rex Caliber paid a metalworker to weld two domestic record decks together, this was the very beginning of ‘twin-deck’ DJing, allowing two records to be played back to back continuously.

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