The Peirce, later acquired and marketed by GE, was a system that differed from the Webster-Chicago recorder in significant ways. The feed and take-up reels are of the same size and design. They have a slot in the center, are almost 4" in diameter, and are an inch wide.|
Well-preserved wires made on these machines can sound surprisingly
well. Not all their wires were made of stainless steel; Some have
rusted and I can do nothing with them. As with the Webster-Chicago
wires, I make no guarantees at all when copying from them. Processing
time includes preliminary playing and rewinding to remove or reduce
accumulated kinks in the wire after many years on the spool.
Broken or tangled wires are not unusual. Sometimes I can fix broken
ones, but a mare's nest tangle is hopeless and I don't work on them.
Fatal internal damage, often rust, can be hidden by the outer winding
so sometimes I can only recover part of the recording. I make no
guarantees at all on wire restoration work.
BASIC COSTS: If there are no unusual problems, transfering a 15
minute wire to the computer costs about $ 135, 30 minute $ 200,
1 hour, $ 275. Making the first CD from the sound file is $ 30 and
each additional CD made at the same time is $ 20.00
ADDITIONAL SERVICES: Microphone and machine electronic clicks
from the off-on switches can be louder than what was otherwise recorded.
Removing or reducing these takes about 1.5 times the playing time.
Should this seem to me be an intrusive problem, I'll notify you
and let you decide if the cost is worth the added clarity.
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