All the Victor/Bluebird, and Decca parts I have transferred (fathers,
mothers and stampers)
have been nickel-plated copper, the nickel being the recorded surface.
(The film Command Performance says Victor also employed a final plating of
but I find that more than a little hard to believe.)
My experience with parts from the 20's, 30's and 40's is that the nickel
rarely shows any signs
of tarnish. In any case, I use Noxon metal polish and a suitable soft brush,
followed by distilled
water and drying with lint-free paper towels. My tests have shown this
treatment does not degrade
the surface in any audible way.
At the Sony Studios they are doing the same.
>From: Michael Shoshani <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Michael Shoshani <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Metal Parts
>Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 17:42:11 -0500
>Kurt Nauck <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >Greetings All
> >What is the preferred method of cleaning and storing metal parts?
> >I would think that alcohol would be a safe and effective cleaning agent.
>I believe record companies actually cleaned them with naphtha. Victor
>stored them vertically in large envelopes, or so they showed in the
>promo film "Command Performance"
> >Should anything be applied to keep them from corroding (gun oil,
>Weren't fathers and stampers usually copper with a nickel backing?
>Gun oil might work; you need something to keep the copper from turning
>green, but removable so that the recording itself is accessible. I
>don't remember what mothers and matrices were made from, or whether
>those are susceptible to corrosion...
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