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I have a block of paraffin canning wax for filling digs. a run through with 
my GE VR II will recreate the grooves.

Another technique I have used effectively is for records with either a 
scalloped edge chip or "bite" out of a record. I put the record on a flat 
surface with waxed paper underneath the damaged area. Holding a lighter 
underneath the paraffin wax, I drip wax to fill  the hole, builting enough 
material to completely fill the damage, and a little more just overlapping 
the groove area around the damage. I then take a utility knife and remove 
from the holder. I then scrape the wax down by pressing the blade against 
the good area of the record until the wax is glassy smooth and level with 
the rest of the record. A play or two with my VR II and I can then get a 
complete transfer of the sound at 33 1/3 rpm. The drop out only lasts for a 
small fraction of a second when I correct the speed, the repair is almost 
unnoticed when I've cleaned it up. -Mickey Clark
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Malcolm Rockwell" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] grease pencil removal


> You're right about a stylus helping remove grease pencil in the groove BUT 
> grease pencil is what I use to fill some digs before transferring a rare 
> record to another medium. It works but only as a temporary measure. The 
> stylus will cut a new channel through the very malleable pencil mark and 
> play through (well enough to minimize any peaking when transferring to a 
> digital medium - then you can use software to remove the rest without 
> leaving nasty artifacts). This method works well for small digs but will 
> not fill a tapering 2" long crack running from the edge in! That's a whole 
> other topic for discussion.
> Malcolm
>
> *******
>
> On 4/12/2013 5:47 AM, Hood, Mark wrote:
>> Preserve the original condition with metadata - photos, description, 
>> etc.,
>> then remove the grease pencil and digitize the disc's content.  I think
>> most would agree that recovering the audio content before the media
>> degrades into unplayability would outweigh preservation of the grease
>> pencil record of the editor's opinion,  and with appropriate metadata,
>> both can be preserved.
>>
>> In stubborn cases, I have found that a stylus actually helps break up the
>> grease pencil (gentle attempt at playing the disc with a non-critical
>> stylus), and then solvents can remove the remainder more easily.  This
>> process did not appear to damage the lacquer or the stylus.
>>
>> Mark Hood
>> IUB Media Preservation Task Force
>> Assistant Professor of Music
>> Department of Recording Arts
>> Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
>>
>>
>> On 4/12/13 11:18 AM, "Steve Greene" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Playing devils advocate here...
>>>
>>> Those grease pencil marks are an edit decision.  I understand the
>>> desirability of removing the contamination from the grooves from an 
>>> audio
>>> perspective, but from an archival perspective how do you do that and
>>> preserve a record of the fact that the creator or editor thought the
>>> grease penciled material was a bad take?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Steve Greene
>>> Archivist
>>> Office of Presidential Libraries
>>> National Archives and Records Administration
>>> (301) 837-1772
>>>>>> "Peoples, Curtis" <[log in to unmask]> 4/12/2013 10:57 AM >>>
>>> I was watching American Restoration and they talked about removing 
>>> grease
>>> pencil markings from various objects and said the oil from you skin was
>>> the best. Rick Dale demonstrated by wiping his finger on his forehead 
>>> and
>>> erasing grease pencil marking from a piece of painted metal. It came off
>>> without any smearing. Would there be a product comparable to "skin oil"?
>>> Will it work on a disc? Soapy water will create a greasy mess. Solvents
>>> will probably damage the disc.
>>>
>>>
>>> Curtis L. Peoples, Ph.D.
>>> Associate Archivist, Crossroads Music Archive,
>>> www.crossroadsofmusic.ttu.edu
>>> Unit Head, Crossroads Recording Studio,
>>> http://library.ttu.edu/crossroadsrecordingstudio/
>>> Director, TTU Americana Ensemble,
>>> http://ttuamericanaensemble.weebly.com/index.html
>>>
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>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
>>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Doug Pomeroy
>>> Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 9:31 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] grease pencil removal
>>>
>>> I have never experimented with various cleaning fluids to remove grease
>>> pencil from shellac and lacquer discs.  Any suggestions?
>>>
>>>
>>> Doug Pomeroy
>>> Audio Restoration and Mastering Services
>>> 193 Baltic St (Clinton/Henry)
>>> Brooklyn, NY  11201-6173
>>> (718) 855-2650
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