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Media Sciences offers CD-R recorder test services. The writers are
evaluated to Philips/Sony Orange Book standards. Results are clear and
objective, and have not been questioned by manufacturers. The project
would be doable if similar services are available for other forms, and
if modest funding were available.

"Anecdotal" test results would contain significant risk in that test
results would not be scientific and related to the proper standards, and
that the media used for testing might be of questionable origin.

J. Hartke
Media Sciences, Inc.
http://www.mscience.com/

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> Aaron:
>
> This is a great idea that has been considered by a number of other groups I
> belong to.  Unfortunately, the idea never got past the discussion stage for
> the following three reasons: 1) The amount of research and work involved is
> tremendous.  It would likely require the concerted effort of a fairly large
> organization or a substantial number of people who were retired and had lots
> of "free" time on their hands;  2) Many experts disagree on which are the
> "best" machines and attempts to start the project got bogged down in setting
> up criteria to evaluate the equipment and 3) If the project were undertaken
> by an organization, there is the potential (in the United States, at least)
> for substantial legal liability.  It is surprising how many manufacturers
> can get bent out of shape if you imply their equipment is not among "the
> best" for a particular application, even if it was never designed for that
> application.
>
> Certainly, any expert can openly state which equipment they prefer and any
> organization can openly state which equipment they use (and why).  For an
> organization to start "ranking" and "officially" recommending one piece of
> equipment over another, however, can get complicated.
>
> It's a great idea and I'm sure there must be some way to pursue the project.
> I've just pointed out some of the pitfalls others have encountered and hope
> you find some way around them.
>
> Peter Brothers
> President
> SPECS BROS., LLC
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Aaron Luis Levinson
> > Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 11:30 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] International Archive for Recording Devices
> >
> >
> > It is my suggestion that  a database be created which lists the "best"
> > machines available for archival purposes for every recording format be
> > it analog electronic, acoustical or digital. Then offer a contact for
> > buying and/or refurbishing and maintaing these devices. My ultimate
> > dream would result in a master Archive of the machines themselves that
> > would be maintained and serviced and be made available at a subsidized
> > cost to the many hundreds if not thousands of people who need these
> > machines on an on-going basis.
> >
> > In order to serve our mission as preservationists we must not lose
> > sight of our task as finding not only the art that must be saved but
> > the science that must be saved if the art is to be heard at all.
> >
> > Aaron Luis Levinson
> >
> >
> > On Thursday, March 6, 2003, at 03:15 AM, Bewley, Nigel wrote:
> >
> > > Tascam 122MKIII gets my vote.
> > >
> > > Nigel Bewley
> > > British Library National Sound Archive
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Claudia Depkin [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > > Sent: 05 March 2003 19:43
> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > > Subject: [ARSCLIST] seeking cassette deck recommendation
> > >
> > >
> > > Can anyone recommend a cassette deck that will be gentle with old and
> > > potentially valuable cassette tapes?
> > > Thanks.
> > >
> > > Claudia Depkin
> > > Project Manager, Wilson Processing Project for Performing Arts
> > > Collections
> > > The New York Public Library
> > > (212) 714-8507
> > >
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