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It sure sounds to me like you are better off attempting a transfer as it 
is, and removing the transient noise in post. My concern is how you 
clean it without making the situation worse. You might clean the laminte 
clear off of the substrate. It is a job that needs to be done very 
carefully.

joe salerno


Sammy Jones wrote:
> I have come into possession of a Lux Radio Theatre lacquer ET.  The program
> is an adaptation of "Richelieu," broadcast on January 23, 1939, parts two
> and four.  The recording is an aircheck from WABC by Edwin Strong studios.  
> 
> The lacquer has developed severe cracking starting on the outside edge, and
> continues about halfway into the disc.  As of yet, no grooves have actually
> flaked off.  
> 
> This show does exist in complete form elsewhere, but I think it may be the
> West Coast version.  As my recording is checked off WABC in New York, it may
> be a unique copy.
> 
> I'm a pretty good hand at transferring ETs, but the cracks in the lacquer
> make this one a real challenge.  Is there any way of restoring these
> grooves?  I thought of prying off some of the lacquer in chunks to glue back
> in place, but I'm not sure the grooves would line up even then.
> 
> Any thoughts?
> 
> Sammy Jones
>