Of course, many old recordings, including those originally issued on 78 shellac,
are now available on CD and on download sites such as Amazon.com. This service is
intended for those treasured recordings which are no longer available to buy commercially,
whether they are your old 78s, vinyl albums, a rare 12” mix, or a cassette tape.
Some examples of records and cassettes which I have restored can be found by following
the youtube links on the “Examples” page.
Many of us still have a collection of old recording on vinyl, shellac and tape which
we have built up over many years (often at considerable expense) but no longer have
the means to play them.
Even if we can play them, they often sound disappointing when compared to the clean
digital sound to which we have now become accustomed.
However, all is not lost. By using a combination of a physical cleaning process (for
records), transfer to computer and digital processing these recordings can not only
be made playable but often improved on the original disk or tape.
Even an apparently worn or damaged recording can usually be restored to a standard
almost indistinguishable from a CD release by, firstly, cleaning away the physical
grime and then electronically removing clicks, rumble and hiss.