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Subject:

Re: Repair of Broken Record

From:

Steve Greene <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:45:54 -0500

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May not be possible because of the rarity of the disc, but it would
probably be preferable to see if you can get a recording from a complete
disc at another archive and keep the broken disc as an artifact. Digital
imaging of the grooves can be expensive and time-consuming and probably
won't yield as good of a copy as a stylus on a turntable.

Steve Greene
Audiovisual Archivist
Office of Presidential Libraries
National Archives and Records Administration
(301) 837-1772


On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi, Lisa,
>
> I have had to do the same.  I don't think you will be able to "restore" the
> record to it's former state as an artifact, but it is very possible to
> recover the info in the grooves.  In short, you take a flat board that is
> larger than the record and put two large nails or screws in it a few inches
> apart. Then you have a platform on which to put the record pieces to glue
> them back together with Crazy Glue (or its equivalent).  Put the largest
> piece up against the nails or screws and place the other piece(s) where it
> goes, being VERY careful to line up the grooves correctly.  You are able to
> press it against the larger piece which is held in place by resting up
> against the nails (screws).  And be careful to align the pieces in the
> horizontal plane (getting them flat together).  I would not put any glue in
> the groove area if you can help it, attaching the pieces with dots of glue
> on the outer edge and in the inner part past the end of the record or in
> the label area.  If that isn't possible and you must use glue in the groove
> area, use the smallest amount possible on the edges to stick, without
> oozing over into the grooves on either side of the record.  Let it dry and
> move it as carefully as possible to your turntable and make a good digital
> dub to a .WAV file.  The record may come apart thereafter but all you need
> is one good playing, capturing everything that is in the grooves.  You will
> probably hear lots of clacks as the stylus passes over the edges, and you
> will have to remove those on the computer with a .wav editor.  That's a
> good deal of work, but it is generally possible if you have aligned up the
> grooves right.  I am good at this myself.  Removing the clacks will
> generally need to be done manually, carefully matching up the .WAV form to
> avoid new noises at the joins (there is definitely an art to this).  The
> clacks are so short that their removal will usually have no audible effect
> on the musical content, but if that is a problem (where a clack is
> unusually long), you can always stretch a note just slightly (we are
> talking thousandths of a second here) to make it right.  I believe that
> most computerized click and pop removal programs will not be able to deal
> well with loud clacks.
>
> Best,
> John Haley
>
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM, Mason Vander Lugt <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Lisa,
> >
> > As Lou suggested for cylinders in 'Phonograph Wax Cylinder Repair?'
> > earlier this month, optical
> > reformatting might be an option for retrieving the sound from your broken
> > disc.
> >
> > The Northeast Document Conservation Center is currently working on making
> > this service available to
> > the public. We anticipate we'll be ready to begin taking orders summer
> > 2014. I can't guarantee we'll
> > be able to work with your recording, and the service won't be cheap at
> > first, but if your recording is
> > very important, there may be ways to fund the transfer.
> >
> > If you'd like more information about our (anticipated) service, you can
> > read our announcement online
> > at http://www.nedcc.org/audio-preservation or message me off list.
> >
> > Mason Vander Lugt
> > Audio Preservation Specialist
> > Northeast Document Conservation Center
> > 978-470-1010
> >
>

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