From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
Tom Fine wrote: (my comment at bottom, because lengthy quotes are relevant)
> Hi David:
> I can't see how your argument makes sense. Every time ANYONE -- trained or not
> -- plays an LP, it degrades the surface. Sure, an optimum turntable will
> degrade it less (and a laser turntable theoretically won't degrade it at all),
> but real-world experience says most people are too rough on rare records even
> if they read an "LP 101" sheet........................................
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Seubert" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 11:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Vinyl use and access policies
> And to expand on what Bill said, if you don't have staff to play LPs for
> people, it's important to ask patrons if they are comfortable playing
> LPs and not assume they know how to use a turntable. We provide
> assistance to patrons who need a refresher (or have never seen an LP!)
> and we have printed cards with "LP 101" tips on proper handling and
> playback that we borrowed from our music library.
----- Tom is completely right, of course. The only replay that would not wear
the record would be using an ELP Laser Turntable - after all it was made for
vinyl LPs originally. That leaves the problem of dropping the black record
accidentally all the way to the dirty floor. However, the ELP works just like
a CD player, so the LP101 sheet will not be necessary at all.
----- why do you not tell users that all replays will be recorded digitally -
that way you will gradually obtain a digitization through use. Starting the
replay should not be possible until an on-screen form has been filled out -
that way you also get your metadata entered by the customer.