>I have a number of old 78 records that I need to clean (***). What is the
>safest way to clean these?
The concensus is mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Be careful not to wet
the labels. I use a plastic dish tub. That way I can hold the record on one
side and rest the other side on the rim of the tub, and rotate the record as I
scrub it, along the grooves, with a dish cloth or inside of a sport sock. I've
heard small paint pads work well, because they have a short, stiff knapp that
gets into the grooves, but is soft enough to do it safely. It probably does
work well, but I haven't tried it, yet, myself. The grooves keep water from
running into the center as the record is rotated. Air dry 'em in a dish
>As for recording the 78s to cassette tapes, what would be the best and cost
>effective solutions to this? I only have a manual crank stand up player,
>nothing electronic to play them...
I'm working on setting up a system to do this. I understand (though in many
months online I've yet to see anyone offer this method) you could record into a
digital tape deck with a sterio microphone, and get digital audio quality of an
acoustic playback. These are like the portable systems people bring to record
at concerts (where permitted). When I checked with an audio shop I was offered
a good, low-end, professional quality system for around $600. The digital tape
deck was used.
The way most people advocate doing it is to buy a basic, electric 78 record
player, and hook up its output leads into the soundcard of your pc, which can
then be directed to playback to a tape deck. You may have to work at
equilization to get a satisfying sound. I understand equilization programs are
available but the good ones are expensive.
Hope that sets you in the right direction!