----- Original Message -----
From: "Clark Johnsen" <[log in to unmask]>
> On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 3:05 PM, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> . And there is now confirmation that the Universal vault fire consumed
>> entire Decca masters from the 30s thru the 50s. Metal, tape, test
>> pressings, and paper.
> Which leads one to wonder, just how safe are any of the masters? And for
> that matter, where *do* they reside?
> "Proliferation is preservation."
Oddly enough, although Victor preserved most of their "metal parts" as well
as their ledgers...the last I knew they had completely lost track of WHICH
"metal parts" were stored WHERE!
The secret of "preservation" (and I will admit to failing this
not only to have preserved the <whatever originals are being discussed>...
BUT...to have a system whereby each preserved item can be easily
(1) located, and (2) accessed!
Even if you successfully managed to save the <wotever>...that means
SFA if you no longer recall where you PUT the sombitch...?!
Steven C. Barr