I loved old Benny Goodman 78s as a kid (right up there with the Beatles, etc.), my dad loved old Benny Goodman 78s, my great uncle bought old Benny Goodman 78s when they were new and I ended up with his entire collection. I have my Technics 1200 KAB modded 78 machine hooked up to my Audio Note system and have been spinning shellac for the past few days. I have almost all the great Goodman orchestra, trio, quartet Scroll Victors from 1935-38 and two of my favorites are AFRAID TO DREAM and CHANGES, very obscure tracks but what draws me to them time after time is the remarkable sound quality. In 1929 the Victor Talking Machine Co. was merged with the Radio Corp. Of America to become RCA-Victor and their records from that period are amazingly modern sounding, full of natural room reverb and quite lifelike. But the Jukebox operators complained that the playback of these records on those awful sounding 'boxes made them sound thin, mean and downright headache inducing. So, Victor caved and actually changed their recording policy. Gone was the beautiful, natural reverb and most of the top end as well. From 1935 on, the Victor jazz stuff and the new Swing music was recorded in small rooms with curtains on the wall and top end filters in place. They sound mostly dead but the music is so great we still listen anyway. When the Goodman orchestra recorded at RCA, Hollywood in the 1930s that all changed. It was the best of the best, true top end, even if the records still sounded dead. The record co. figured that your home playback room would add the ambience, no need to put it on the record itself. That thinking lasted until 1951 or so when "echo" started to be added to recordings, but I digress. These two songs "Afraid To Dream" and "Changes" were recorded in 1937 at Victor, Hollywood on beeswax 78s, live, no tape, just "direct to disk". The new RCA "Ribbon Microphones" were in use and the sound was beautiful, quite an upgrade from other recording venues of the day. Give a listen, I have both these records and they sound really better than anything that can be played back on YouTube, but this will give you an idea. I would hire the people who made these transfers, for sure, two good jobs, right from old 78 RPM records. Listen for the "shake" that the entire brass section does at 1:58. For an old jazz guy, this is heaven. 80 years ago!