I wouldn't go prying off anything, especially if the glue is intact. My
understanding is that the speed it will be running at, 78rpm or thereabouts,
it will/should jump the crack. With the correct stylus and weight, I have
observed the use of an artist's brush to lightly apply pressure to the
tonearm. I have also seen lacquer flakes being put back into place with
vaseline. Ofcourse a micrscope really helps in putting the jigsaw back
together. But, please don't pry anything off. I suspect you will do more
damage to the groove walls using that method.
I know there are people on this list with more knowledge in this area. It
would be great if it is unique to your area, a treasure!
On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 3:33 PM, Sammy Jones <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have come into possession of a Lux Radio Theatre lacquer ET. The program
> is an adaptation of "Richelieu," broadcast on January 23, 1939, parts two
> and four. The recording is an aircheck from WABC by Edwin Strong studios.
> The lacquer has developed severe cracking starting on the outside edge, and
> continues about halfway into the disc. As of yet, no grooves have actually
> flaked off.
> This show does exist in complete form elsewhere, but I think it may be the
> West Coast version. As my recording is checked off WABC in New York, it
> be a unique copy.
> I'm a pretty good hand at transferring ETs, but the cracks in the lacquer
> make this one a real challenge. Is there any way of restoring these
> grooves? I thought of prying off some of the lacquer in chunks to glue
> in place, but I'm not sure the grooves would line up even then.
> Any thoughts?
> Sammy Jones