Probably just to avoid the extra expense. Lacquers were never intended
as an archival format I believe, only for short term storage, like air
checks for advertisiers and such. At least, that is my asumption and I
may have read this somewhere. Does anyone have information to the contrary?
Malcolm Rockwell wrote:
> There was at least one company, in the Netherlands, that released
> commercial discs using lacquer over a glass base. I have a copy of Ben
> 400 by The Waikiki Hawaiians in my collection. It's the only glass
> record I own.
> The one thing that's always puzzled me about both aluminum and glass
> bases, but especially glass. Why didn't the manufacturers put a light
> knurling or a fine sand-blasting etch on the side the lacquer adhered
> to? That would have given something for the flowed or sprayed lacquer to
> adhere to and we wouldn't be having the problems with flaking and
> peeling that we have now.
> Yeah, I know, that's all well and good in retrospect!
> On 5/16/2010 8:54 PM, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:
>> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
>> Hi Lisa,
>> something good always comes from asking the list. I shall contribute a
>> Glass discs are always direct-cut and mostly one-offs. They first came
>> during WW2, but surprisingly also about 1951 when there was another
>> shortage, when glass was replacing aluminum as the carrier. The
>> actually considered them to be better lacquer discs, because the
>> surface of
>> the glass was much smoother then aluminum.
>> The major problem with lacquer discs is delamination or its precursors,
>> cracks: the outer lacquer layer may separate from the glass base, and
>> makes the record unplayable. It is difficult to see any pattern in the
>> appearance of the defects, because you will find lacquers that are
>> stilll in
>> perfect condition and some where certain constituents have crawled
>> from the
>> inside to the surface, where they form a soft layer that can be removed.
>> You said that you have ca. 6 cubic feet of them; with a square outline
>> of ca
>> one square foot this meens ca. 6 linear feet, and that is a lot, probably
>> more than 600. I would expect them to be stored upright and not at an
>> and not in piles of more than 4 inches. They should be kept dust free.
>> records themselves are surprisingly strong, but obviously the surfaces
>> There are people on this list who are not in Europe and who work with
>> records very frequently, and no doubt they will respond further.
>> Kind regards,
>> P.S. You did not mean record albums by Philip Glass, I presume?!
>> Lisa Lobdell wrote:
>>> Hi, I'm brand new to this list and was completely ignorant of the
>>> existence of glass albums until last week when I accepted an internship
>>> to inventory the collection of a small foundation. Along with the
>>> written documents and LP's in this collection are approximately 6cft of
>>> glass albums. I have no idea yet what the quality of these albums is,
>>> but I would appreciate it if someone could give me a quick rundown of
>>> what defects to look for and how to preserve them. I've read some of
>>> the threads, but I'm brand new to archiving audio materials so I'm a bit
>>> Lisa Lobdell