A colleague has come to me for advice on preserving a "one-off" wire
recording. We have no information about content and no contextual clues as
to what is recorded on it. The spool is about 3" across, and it has a
narrow mounting spindle of maybe 3/8". I've tried including a picture, but
the listserv software rejects it.
It's been suggested to us that it may come from a Navy Brush Magnetone
Soundmirror BK-303 VRW-4 Magnetic Wire Recorder. Neither our internal lab,
nor any of our usual contractors have a machine to play back this
recording. Apparently the hub and guide arrangements preclude threading it
on another recorder, and feeding it onto another spool risks twists and
Does anyone on the list know anyone who can playback this spool?
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
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