78 record cleaning?? Recording to tape?

78 record cleaning?? Recording to tape?

Post by Dittme » Thu, 15 Oct 1998 04:00:00



I have a number of old 78 records that I need to clean (***).  What is the
safest way to clean these?  Are there machines that do this?  I have a
'discwasher' for LPs, but it doesn't seem to do well with the deeper groves of
the 78s.

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, so would be starting from scratch for 78s.
Want to record the records, and then find some way to preserve the 78s so they
don't decay any further.

RD
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78 record cleaning?? Recording to tape?

Post by KEEPER H » Fri, 16 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>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
rack.  

Quote:
>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!

:)

Edward