For those unfamiliar with glass discs, here are a few images of glass
discs, both unbroken, as well as a broken disc with a missing piece being
cleaned prior to transfer.

As Adrian points out, damaged and broken media can be played and restored
without the need for non-contact systems like IRENE. There╣s still no
substitute for the cleaning process - that has to be done prior to
transfer with IRENE or with a stylus.

For those who are using IRENE, is it possible to scan individual broken
pieces with IRENE, and then re-assemble them digitally?  Where IRENE might
be especially helpful is when there are missing pieces, when spanning
large gaps with a stylus and linking the grooves becomes far more
difficult and labor intensive.

~ Eric


Eric Jacobs
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On 7/17/14, 10:03 AM, "ADRIAN COSENTINI" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Depending on how bad the breakage is I've repaired hundreds of broken
>IREANE is fine but it's not the only way to go.
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>On Jul 17, 2014, at 12:47 PM, CJB wrote:
>> Does anyone know if they are gong to try and repair the broken discs
>> of the Radio Ballad maybe using Irene. I emailed them but they never
>> replied. Chris B.
>> ===
>> The first of these, The Man Who Went to War, was written by Langston
>> Hughes and starred Canada Lee, Paul Robeson, and Ethel Waters. Alan
>> Lomax helped select the music. Bridson described this as one of the
>> most popular programs he ever had on the air, │being heard by millions
>> on its first broadcast alone▓ (Bridson, 1971, p. 111). Sadly, the
>> glass masters for the program were accidentally broken before they
>> could be preserved on tape.
>> ===