It is common knowledge among experienced
record collectors and sound archivists that immersing 78s and LPs in water
and/or exposing them to intense levels of humidity for a moderately
extended period (days rather than weeks) will cause them to develop
problems that compromise their ability to play back as quietly as before this
I'm trying to find a written reference to this
effect. It would be even better to find a study which examines this
I'm sending this inquiry to number of lists.
I need information to be found in papers, journals, books, thesis, etc.
Anecdotal evidence or "stupid record tests" don't count, so leaving a record in
a hurricane and taping the before and after won't do it.
Do you know of any such references?