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I will say that a well maintained vintage machine modified for  playback 
through modern equipment and top converters yields excellent results.

Just as important, though, is the experience of the person doing the 
transfer in handing wire, especially when something goes wrong. And 
depending on the physical condition of the wire, things can go wrong.  I 
just received a badly tangled wire that was sent to another company 
first.  It is now so badly tangled, I don't know if it can be saved.

Angie Dickinson Mickle
Avocado Productions
http://www.avocadoproductions.com/wire.htm

On 2014-12-31 05:11, Tom Fine wrote:
> Hi:
> 
> Using an old wire machine is the WORST way to playback or transfer
> wires. If you value what's on the wires, do not subject them to an
> antique machine's transport, and if you want to hear them don't
> subject them to 50+ year old heads and electronics.
> 
> I recommend you contact Art Shifrin, who has a custom-made
> wire-playback machine using modern heads, a gentle custom transport
> and modern electronics:
> 
> Here is a video of Art's machine in action, with a bit of flavor of
> Art himself. Lew Green, the host, is the son or grandson of the famous
> Green Brothers marimba/banjo band.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18kWNsf4VvA
> 
> Art's e-mail:
> [log in to unmask]
> 
> -- Tom Fine
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Audra Adomenas" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:37 AM
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Looking for a wire recorder in Chicago or 
> Chicagoland area
> 
> 
>> Dear ARSC colleagues,
>> 
>> The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago is looking for a 
>> wire recorder. Do you, at any of your institutions in Chicago or the 
>> Chicagoland area, own one?
>> 
>> The museum is working on digitizing materials from a Chicago ethnic 
>> radio show, and 6 of the earliest recordings from this collection are 
>> on recording wire. We would like to be able to play these 6 recordings 
>> on an operational wire recorder.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Audra
>> 
>> *********
>> Audra V. Adomenas
>> Director
>> Film and Audio Archives
>> Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
>> 6500 S. Pulaski
>> Chicago, IL 60629
>> 
>>