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This seems to be a problem with many older Mercury polystyrene (if that's 
the stuff) pressings.  Since it often appears as a large splotch on the 
inner part of the record and, frequently, on one side but not the other, I 
doubt if moisture is the only contributing factor.  In extreme cases, there 
is pitting as well.  A friend who lists a lot of records on eBay calls this 
"record cancer."

Steve Smolian

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Aaron Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 3:31 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Pressing Haze: Help Needed


>I own an otherwise flawless copy of the following LP:
>
> Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street
> Mercury MG-36070 (Black and Silver "Drummer" Label)
>
> While the overall condition is quite nice the A side of the record has 
> what appears to be a grey haze (when viewed from an angle) that covers all 
> of the first track and two thirds of the second track, the rest has a 
> typical bright gloss. The hazed portion plays terribly with a lot of 
> background noise, when the haze ends the record instantly sounds 
> beautiful. What is this, what caused this and can it be cured? My guess is 
> that It cannot which is a shame. Luckily, I have another very clean 
> Japanese pressing to listen to. Has anyone else encountered this before 
> and if so what were your conclusions?
>
> Thanks in advance and I hope everyone in the US had a restful holiday 
> weekend,
>
> AA
>