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♦ SEPTEMBER 1901 67 A record which has been cracked should be discarded as it cannot be repaired, and there is danger of breaking the reproducing point by playing a cracked record. Never blow on a record to clean it of dust. This is done a great deal even by the experienced and is a very bad habit as when you blow on a record your breath leaves moisture on its surface which does damage by collecting dust with the aforesaid results. The next chapter of this article will take up the ques- tion of Making Records and the author hopes to give some pointers on this interesting feature of the Phonograph which will enable the amateur to make records at home which may be compared favorably with the ones now on sale. Chapte* VII .—Record Making . It is sometimes a source of great disappointment to the owner of a Phonograph, when, after a series of experi- ments, he finds that the art of making records contains many points with which he is not conversant; and he pro- bably comes to the conclusion that some secret process is used in making the factory product for commercial purposes. This is not fact$ for it is as much a matter of experi- ment with the factory experts as it is with the beginner, the only difference being that the factory has every facility in the way of good singers and musicians. This is abso- lutely necessary in order to make a good record, and the talent employed in making Edison records is the best that money can secure and the price paid is never an object. The Phonograph singer must train for this particular work just as the actor must train for the stage. The musician