> The problem is that a "broken" (i.e. physically separated into
> two (or more) distinct "pieces"...!) 78rpm phonorecord may consist
> of two (or often more) segments which CANNOT be reassembled into
> an actual physical phonorecord!
> A 78rpm phonorecord is a physical object...and when fractured into two
> or more segments, is very likely to include fragments of the original
> recorded disc which are TOO small to be found pre-break!
> Thus, a portion of the surface of the original recording remains...in
> fact, MUST remain...unavailable to posterity...!
Steven C. Barr
It might be more important to posterity to have an attempt at gluing the
pieces back than to have just some broken pieces of record. You could also
say that whenever a phono record is played, the stylus removes a portion of
the surface of the original recording, and the original recording contained
in the dust generated will be unavailable to posterity.
Frank B Strauss, DMD