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Re: Sokolow audio query

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John Walko <[log in to unmask]>

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John Walko <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 17 May 2006 12:23:50 -0400

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Dan:

I would like to add to that list:

Safe Sound Archives in Philadelphia.  http://www.safesoundarchive.com/

The contact is George Blood, at 215-248-2100

I have spoken with George at several seminars and he is very knowledgeable
and specializes in older and difficult to work with materials.

John Walko
Media Archive Manager
Scene Savers
www.scenesavers.com
800-978-3445

-----Original Message-----
From: Archives & Archivists [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Richard L. Hess
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 11:39 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Sokolow audio query

At 11:15 AM 5/17/2006, Sokolow, Daniel wrote:

>Thanks for the advice (and to everyone else who responded.)
>
>One further question, Andy.  What are the long-term preservation 
>prospects for such disks?

As I understand it, bleak. These are considered high-risk artifacts.

However work at, I believe, Stanford University, is showing promise 
in being able to play scans of grooved media.

>  Is it pointless to even save the disks if they cannot be 
> played?  My storage conditions here are far from ideal, and I 
> presume that's only going to make any problems worse.  I might be 
> able to contract out higher-quality storage, but is there a point, 
> beyond artifactual, of keeping disks I can't use?

My philosophy is that the content is more important than the carrier 
in many/most instances. Obtaining professional cleaning and transfers 
is key to saving the contents.

One of the best restorers, as I stated, is right near you in Fresh 
Meadows. The ones I would recommend you contact, are:

Art Shifrin, Fresh Meadows, 
NY  mailto:[log in to unmask]  http://www.shifrin.net
Graham Newton, Toronto, 
ON  mailto:[log in to unmask]   http://www.audio-restoration.com/
Steve Smolian, Frederick, 
MD  mailto:[log in to unmask]  http://www.soundsaver.com/
Eric Jacobs, San Jose, CA mailto:[log in to unmask] 
http://www.theaudioarchive.com/

All of these people are familiar with the issues and do as I 
understand it world-class restorations.

>I'd also be grateful if anyone knows a (or several, ideally) 
>reputable conservators with experience dealing with such 
>media.  It's sounding more and more like I need this done 
>professionally, and I'm going to need a few bids to be able to take
upstairs.
>
>Thanks,
>
>DS
>
>______________________________________
>Daniel Sokolow, Archives Coordinator
>David Taylor Archives
>North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
>155 Community Drive
>Great Neck, NY 11021
><mailto:[log in to unmask]>mailto:[log in to unmask]
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Archives & Archivists 
>[<mailto:[log in to unmask]>mailto:[log in to unmask]]O
n
>Behalf Of Andy Lanset
>Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:36 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Sokolow audio query
>
>   Since these are
>instantaneous recordings the coating is softer than your average LP or
>certainly commercial 78 rpm disc. As a result any playing will produce
>more wear and tear risking sonic loss for subsequent playing.
>
>
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Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes. 

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