Gabriel Soria is a collector of records since he was seven years old. He gave a talk in a 200-year-old remodeled house in Montserrat that is now a cultural center for concerts and exhibitions.
Soria began by saying there are two things that are important to collectors. First is hunting for treasures, and second is sharing those treasures with others who can appreciate them. That is exactly what Soria accomplished during his two-hour presentation.
Soria has a collection of phonograph for every kind of recording. We listened to one of Carlos Gardel that was 100 years old.
The small table in the foreground has all the items necessary for the phonographs–needles, inserts, etc.
When tango music was declining in popularity, RCA Victor in Buenos Aires destroyed all the master disks used to press copies. Soria is hold one in his hands — a treasure for a collector.
A small but interested audience attended the presentation, which included a grandson of Anibal Troilo. Two of those who attended presented records from their personal collection to Soria.
This phonograph had dual speeds for 33-1/3 and 78 rpm recordings.
Soria has a variety of recordings from “pasta,” 45 rpm, 33-1/3, 78, flexible, square, postcard — a little of everything.
Soria is a collector for 50+ years who shares his love of tango recordings.