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A journey across America to record today’s musicians on 1930s technology in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past
The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take.
The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take.
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    Our deepest appreciation! We’ll put your name - any way you like - in the Thank You section on our website (unless you’d rather we didn’t.) **Contributors at all levels included.**

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    We’ll send you a Vintage Postcard from somewhere on our journey. A unique message from us to you on a beautiful vintage postcard, sent from the road. We’ll even customize it for a gift.

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    Ticket to a screening of the feature-length documentary. Come celebrate with us next summer, and see field recording on a big screen! New York, Los Angeles, Memphis and more cities TBA.
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    A pre-release DVD of The 78 Project feature-length documentary.

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    One-of-a-kind Polaroid SX-70 photo from behind the scenes at a 78 Project shoot taken on our own original 1970s Polaroid camera. We won’t scan it or show it to anyone else.

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    Limited-edition screenprinted Stroboscopic Disc -OR- hand-printed T-shirt. Test your turntable in vintage style with our custom Stroboscopic Disc -OR- wear a classic image of our Presto. Both are designed and hand printed in Brooklyn.

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    A special set of memorabilia from The 78 Project. Includes the unique behind-the-scenes Polaroid, the vintage postcard from the road, our custom hand screened Stroboscopic disc, and we’ll include a surprise that we find for you on our travels!

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    A hand silkscreened Presto art poster featuring gorgeous schematic imagery from its operating manual, a vintage postcard from the road, and a ticket or DVD.

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    Hear your name recorded on an incredible-sounding 78 rpm disc while the film credits roll! Plus we’ll send you our neato Presto poster and a ticket to a screening of a pre-release DVD.

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    Actual test acetate from The 78 Project shoots! Your name on acetate in the film credits, a Presto poster, and a ticket or DVD. We’ve collected quite a few tester discs containing ten-second snippets of various artists and voices. They look cool with all those rings, and you can play them and try to guess which episodes they are from! Plus we’ll read your name on our end credits acetate for the feature-length film, and we’ll send you a Poster and a ticket to a screening or a DVD.

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    It’s your moment to make a 78 record in one take, just like the artists of The 78 Project. This acetate is yours to do with as you please, front and back. This is available in the New York area, LA area, over the phone, or in other areas if included in our travel schedule (contact to find out if we’ll be near your town.) This comes with your name in our film credits acetate, a Presto poster and a ticket to a screening or a DVD.

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    The 78 Project will DJ your party or event. You love the blues, folk, bluegrass, early rock & roll and soul, and so do we. Let’s talk about where and when. Plus we’ll read your name in our end credits acetate, send you a Presto poster and a ticket to a screening or a DVD of the film.

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    Let’s plan a screening so that you can watch The 78 Project feature-length documentary - that you helped to make - with your friends, family and colleagues! Where do you live? Maybe we can come! Plus we’ll read your name in the credits, send you a Presto poster, and make sure you get a DVD of the film.

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    Get the full experience of The 78 Project. It’ll be as wonderful and mesmerizing and rowdy and momentous as the shoots you’ve seen in our episodes and in the feature-length film. The 78 Project will DJ your party and we’ll bring our Presto along. Invite your friends to share in this once-in-a-lifetime evening! In addition, we’ll read your name in the film credits, send you a Presto poster, and make sure you get a DVD of the film.

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    Co-Executive Producer credit and privileges. Your contribution will make The 78 Project feature-length documentary possible, so we hope you can be by our sides at a film or music festival screening of your choice, including the premiere! You'll be guaranteed tickets, as long as you can arrange travel to get there. And we want you prominently listed as a co-Executive Producer on our website, in the film credits, everywhere. We’ll include a full set of The 78 Project memorabilia listed at all other levels, including making a recording of you or someone you know on acetate if you’d like.

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