On 21/06/2012, Steve Smolian wrote:

> This is a methodology for the future. Carl Haber and his crew at the
> Lawrence Berkely National Lab developed the system that Patrick uses.
> So does the Library of Congress. it's a great way to overcome many of
> the limitations on problem recordings of various types.
> It's still in development and not available to the general public yet,
> as far as I know. It is also excruciatingly expensive.
> Needle in groove playback still sounds better. I assume they are also
> working on improving their digital modeling of the physics of
> playback.
> As Mort Sahl said, "The future lied ahead." One reason it is so
> important to preserve off-the (groove?) wall recording media in a
> protective, stable environment is to allow time for technological
> developments to catch up.

Don't throw away your 78s and cylinders just because you have digitised
them, because better ways to read the grooves are coming.

The same applies to photos on film (or prints if the film is lost).
Self-destroying movie film is an exception.

Don Cox
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