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This will take you to information and photos of early RCA Pregrooved Discs This will take you to information and photos of Thin Plastic Discs This will take you to information and photos of Lacquer (acetate) Discs You are here, you will find information about Discs in this section This will take you to information and photos of Radio Transcriptions This will take you to information and photos of Cardboard Discs This will take you to information and photos of Uncoated Aluminum Discs BLUEBAR
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Aluminum Uncoated Discs
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Surface noise is int a higher frequency band than the typical lacquer disc, right where it is most annoying. I can reduce it, but removing it substantially may also take out the performer's distinctive sound.

Instructions attached to the discs asked that a cactus needle be used to avoid groove damage. Instead, folks frequently used steel points in the heavy tone arm on their home phonograph which chewed into the surfaces. Repeating and/or skipped grooves are often a problem on uncoated aluminum discs.

BASIC LISTENING. Cleaning and copying to the workstation; setting basic equalization and processing the sound through the digital cleanup program; initial playing speed adjustment, $ 60 per side.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:

ENHANCED LISTENING includes removing many clicks and other non-program noises by hand editing that the digital program does not. Hiss reduction, equalization and level adjustment add a further $ 25 to $ 75 per side.

More noises, including the moderately low-level crunch inherent in many examples, can be reduced or removed by hand editing, an effective but slow process. If you have many with this problem, I suggest you have me clean up a representative example so you can decide if the improvement is worth the extra. $ 50 to $ 150 per side.

REPAIRS. Making a continuous program of a side interrupted by repeating or skipped grooves, $ 15 to $ 50 per side, more for those with extreme damage. Assembling each completed unit into the final playing sequence is about $ 30.

COPYING. Recording your CD or cassette copy from the restored signal is $ 30 for the first CD or cassette, $ 20 for each thereafter. A CD can hold 14 or so 5 minute sides or 4 15 minute sides.

 

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