I do the "husbandry" thing all the time. I find beautiful covers in the dollar bins sometimes. What
I'm amazed by is the number of great-condition records I've bought in beat-to-hell covers. How does
that happen? Latest was one of the Virgil Fox direct-to-disc (on the rarer white vinyl). The record
has zero ticks and pops and very little surface noise, no groove distortions. Just beautiful. The
cover looks like it got dragged behind a Grand Canyon burro. Go figure.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Aaron Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 8:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Pressing Haze: Help Needed
>I figured that I was not alone. The fact that it is incurable is of course a total bummer. I tried
>both wet and dry methods as well and they did nothing whatsoever. I think I will just trade it in
>at my local used record dealer tell him of the condition and let him figure it out. I think the
>cover alone may be worth something as Tom mentions in an earlier response. Maybe someone can do
>some "record husbandry" and marry this nice cover to a clean disc in a damaged cover.
> C'est La Guerre,
> Daniel Shiman wrote:
>> I know *exactly* the haze you're talking about.
>> It's definitely characteristic of those '50s Emarcy/Mercury vinyl pressings. I've always thought
>> it was an organic reaction precipitated, or at least exacerbated, by some wear. I've seen it
>> with only a few other record labels over the years, and never so much as with those '50s Emarcys.
>> It seems like an intractable problem, either way: no amount of wet or dry cleaning has ever
>> produced any difference in my experience, darn it all.
>>> Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:31:52 -0500
>>> From: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Pressing Haze: Help Needed
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> I own an otherwise flawless copy of the following LP:
>>> Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street
>>> Mercury MG-36070 (Black and Silver "Drummer" Label)
>>> While the overall condition is quite nice the A side of the record has what appears to be a grey
>>> haze (when viewed from an angle) that covers all of the first track and two thirds of the second
>>> track, the rest has a typical bright gloss. The hazed portion plays terribly with a lot of
>>> background noise, when the haze ends the record instantly sounds beautiful. What is this, what
>>> caused this and can it be cured? My guess is that It cannot which is a shame. Luckily, I have
>>> another very clean Japanese pressing to listen to. Has anyone else encountered this before and
>>> if so what were your conclusions?
>>> Thanks in advance and I hope everyone in the US had a restful holiday weekend,
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