2021-09-30T16:25:19+02:00Januar 16th, 2019|

ESTA, founded 1930, was a Czechoslovak company which, together with Ultraphon, was “nationalized”. During WWII it was the dominant company on the Czech market. It was not economically the best label and recordings made in these years are known to be pressed on poor quality material.

The origin of the label name is the trading society “Foresta” estgablished in November 1928. The company dealt with building materials, especially wood.

It is cited as the first record label based in the Czech capital.


1930100 – 207,
401 – 423
1931208 – 218,
424 – 622
1932623 – 750
1933751 -850
1934871 – 950
1935951 – 995,
7200 – 7210
19367211 – 7350
19377351 – 7500
19387501 – 7614,
7101 – 7135
19397615 – 7756,
7136 – 7199
19407757 – 7937
19417938 – 8047
19428048 – 8151
19438152 – 8238,
1001 – ?
19448239 – 8324
19458325 – 8413
8414 – 8525




2020-03-25T15:40:56+01:00November 2nd, 2018|

Ultraphon was a german-czech label. Today the Deutsche Ultraphon is a sublabel of Teldec, located in Hamburg, Germany and belongs to the Warner Music Group.

The origin of this company is situated in the Netherlands and was owned by Küchenmeister. 1929 Ultraphon began to produce records of czech artists in Germany. After completion of the new factory in Prague the production was moved to former Czechoslovakia in 1931.

1932 the factory gone bancrupt and Telefunken took over Ultraphon. The center of production in Prague with all it’s rights has been transfered to the czech Ravitas. National recordings were published as Ultraphon, international productions under the label of Supraphon.

The peak was reached in the 1930s with Classic and Jazz.

With the russian occupation after WWII the record company was nationalized in 1946.

After this Ultraphon and Supraphon just produced for the czech market, the international repertoir was published under Mercury Records.

1969 the Ultraphon A.S. was relabeled in Supraphon A.S. and is the biggest czech record label nowadays.




2020-03-25T15:28:17+01:00November 2nd, 2018|

The Supraphon name, (originally used for an electric record player, a technical marvel of its day), was first registered as a trademark in 1932. In the post-war years it was the label of domestic albums produced for export, playing a significant role in helping to spread the fame of Czech classical music from the late 1940s.

In Czechoslovakia, it was one of the three major state-owned labels, the other two being Panton and Opus.