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The owner of the wire should talk to Art Shifrin, and also Jamie Howarth at Plangent Process. Art 
has the best playback system for wires, a modern servo-controlled machine rather than an antique 
that was plagued by wow and flutter when it was new. Most of these wires have hums or other 
steady-state tones on them, which Jamie can lock onto and complete speed-stabilize the audio. This 
is very important with wires because those machines had what would be considered pathetic wow and 
flutter specs.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, October 19, 2015 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Odd-sized wire recording


>I would like a picture as well. I will check in storage.
> Shai
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> On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 5:06 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Hi, Mr. Greene
>>
>> Can you send me a photo directly?
>>
>> At [log in to unmask]
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>> Steve Smolian
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
>> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Greene
>> Sent: Monday, October 19, 2015 10:30 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Odd-sized wire recording
>>
>> Hello all,
>> A colleague has come to me for advice on preserving a "one-off" wire
>> recording. We have no information about content and no contextual clues as
>> to what is recorded on it. The spool is about 3" across, and it has a
>> narrow mounting spindle of maybe 3/8". I've tried including a picture, but
>> the listserv software rejects it.
>>
>> It's been suggested to us that it may come from a Navy Brush Magnetone
>> Soundmirror BK-303 VRW-4 Magnetic Wire Recorder. Neither our internal lab,
>> nor any of our usual contractors have a machine to play back this
>> recording. Apparently the hub and guide arrangements preclude threading it
>> on another recorder, and feeding it onto another spool risks twists and
>> tangles.
>>
>> Does anyone on the list know anyone who can playback this spool?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Steve
>>
>> Steve Greene
>> Audiovisual Archivist
>> Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
>> National Archives and Records Administration
>> (301) 837-1772
>>
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