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thumb|300px|right|Watch this video to hear what a typical 78 RPM record sounds like. Video by mlaprarie (YouTube Account)
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A 78 RPM record

The 78 RPM record was invented in 1925 and was made mostly out of shellac, but occasionally vinyl when the LP and 45 RPM Single came around. It was played with a bigger size stylus than the microgroove records that came later, and didn't have good quality sound. The shellac 78s broke if you dropped them, which was inconvienient for music lovers. This made the microgroove records more convienient to use (they WOULD NOT break if you dropped them) Sometimes, commemorative 78s are made by record companies as special edition reissues of older albums, but vinyl records are more popular, and sound better than the 78s.

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