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"While visiting my ailing grandfather during a cross-country trip last month, I ran across a cheap, unlabeled cassette tape in one of their closets. He and I popped it into a player and were amazed to find that it was a 21-year-old recording of him playing piano in the family living room. He wasn't aware that he had any recordings of him performing any of his once-formidable Chopin repertoire. He and I enjoyed listening to the warbly, old cassette, and his Chopin phrasings and interpretations brought back a wave of fond memories. He had forgotten that he could play so well. The cassette itself, though, was a tenuous link to the past: It was recorded impromptu in the family living room without any fancy equipment. There was little treble presence to the recording. At many points, the tape levels were maxed out, creating a distorted buzz. And of course, there was all the noise that one would expect from a 99-cent cassette from two decades ago. I was extremely pleased when I received your restoration CD, and can tell that you took more than $10-worth of care in restoring the old tape. The noise and distortion are greatly reduced, and the music shines through. What was once an interesting piece of family audio history is now an eminently listenable piano performance. Being a bit of an audiophile and tweaker myself, I played around with your digital transfer/restoration using some top-line audio software, to see if I could bring out a bit more detail on some of the more challenging tracks. In every case, after trying many different modifications, I ended up reverting to your version, which was superior. Many thanks for your excellent services, which I will be using again!"

Studio Produced Records Restoration to CD

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Number Studio Produced RECORDS submitted for restoration What's this?
1 to 5 Extra CDs What's this?
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Price: $68.35
(AS LOW AS $49.90 See below)


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We accept under this category and pricing: records at any speed (78 rpm, 45 rpm or 33 1/3 rpm) that appear to have been produced in a studio: lacquers, acetates, records made out of glass, demos, one-off records. These records are usually noisy and require specialized, extra care and professional experience to achieve a satisfying and safe transfer to CD.
IMPORTANT: A CD holds maximum 80 minutes, which is the maximum duration processed as "One Project". If you submit short 78rpm records, it is very possible that they will all fit on one 80-minute CD. If you submit long 33rpm records, we will put as many records as will fit on one 80-minute CD as one "Project". Remaining records will be processed and charged as a separate "Project" (or "Projects"). Example: Twelve 78rpm studio-produced records, at 6 minutes each (total 72 minutes) will fit on one CD (one "Project"). Twelve 33rpm studio-produced records, at 40 minutes each (total 480 minutes) will fit on 6 CDs, and will be processed and charged as 6 "Projects".

   

Studio Produced Records to CD Transfers (with Sound Restoration) - What you get for your $:

  • Each record is cleaned in a professional record cleaning machine prior to playback.
  • The needle is deep cleaned and conditioned before each play.
  • The record is wiped again before playing each side.
  • Playback and recording on professional equipment (each of our interconnect cables costs more than the average discounter's studio...).
  • Playback and recording is continuously monitored by sound engineers.
  • Tracking problems are corrected. Severe tracking problems or defects will incur Recording Fee(s).
  • Sound Restoration is applied (each individual record is restored separaly).
  • An MP3 CD of this project (if selected).
  • If Studio Produced Records are cut into bands, each band gets one CD track. If not, each side gets 1 track.  Our CDs are cut into tracks by human beings who know where a new track should begin.  We do not use automatic cutting into tracks.
  • CD is printed (we do not use glued-on labels).
  • CD is quality checked.
  • CD is delivered in "classic jewel-case" (with optional Color CD Cover and Track List).
  • Over 22 years experience - 19,000 successful projects.
  • On-line tracking system.
  • Automatic email notifications on receipt of your recordings and order check-out.
  • Optional RUSH Services: 1 week or 72 hours turnaround time
NOTE:  
  • A CD holds maximum 80 minutes.  If all Studio Produced Records you submit will fit on one CD, we will make one CD.  Otherwise, we will make two or several master CDs.  In that case, when ordering Extra CD Copies you will need Extra CD Copies for each of the master CDs.
  • These records are VERY noisy and require specialized, expensive equipment for optimum and safe playback. Restoring the sound of these records is extremely time consuming compared with other formats.
  • Playback and recording of these records is difficult, due to many imperfections in the surface of the record.
  • Some recordings may require more work than the time allotted by these pre-calculated rates.   AT YOUR REQUEST, we will be happy to work on restoring these recordings at our standard studio rate of $115 per hour (no need to worry, we will not charge our studio rate without your specific request or consent).
  • We ask our customers not to send in records that are warped, cracked or otherwise damaged. Occasionally we receive records in such poor shape that additional recording or restoration time is needed.  This usually happens with very faint recordings, recordings deteriorated by mold or records with deteriorated surfaces. In these cases (and only if absolutely necessary), we will charge Recording Fee(s) (or Individual Restoration Unit(s)).
  • We ask our customers to use common sense in what to expect for final quality from Home Made Records: if a record is in horrible condition, the CD will NOT sound perfect.  It will sound better than the original record, but better than "horrible" is "very bad"!  It is better to have modest expectation that will be exceeded, than to have unrealistic expectations and be disappointed.  Restoring a bunch of 50-60-70 year-old records that sat in the attic for the last 40 years is a gamble: the end result may be great, horrible, or somewhere in the middle.  We, as professionals, will tilt the odds in favor of "quality".  However, we do not participate in the gamble.
  • Now that you read about all these possible charges, you are all scared.  We will not rip you off!  If we were ripping off our customers we would not be where we are today: one of the best and most reputable Sound Restoration businesses in the United States, at the same physical location since 1999, at the same Internet location since 1998, in business since 1990.  All records sent to us that "behave" (play correctly and do not generate excessive amounts of extra work) do not incur any additional charges.  Only if a record generates additional work (as described above) we will charge additional fees.  Even when additional work is needed and additional fees are charged, we will not "run wild" with charges.  There is a point where, if a record needs that much work, it is a "terrible" record.  A "terrible" record will not sound much better no matter how much extra work is put into it.  We recognize that and for "terrible" records we limit our work to the minimum required in order to complete the transfer.
Customer Testimonials
"While visiting my ailing grandfather during a cross-country trip last month, I ran across a cheap, unlabeled cassette tape in one of their closets. He and I popped it into a player and were amazed to find that it was a 21-year-old recording of him playing piano in the family living room. He wasn't aware that he had any recordings of him performing any of his once-formidable Chopin repertoire. He and I enjoyed listening to the warbly, old cassette, and his Chopin phrasings and interpretations brought back a wave of fond memories. He had forgotten that he could play so well. The cassette itself, though, was a tenuous link to the past: It was recorded impromptu in the family living room without any fancy equipment. There was little treble presence to the recording. At many points, the tape levels were maxed out, creating a distorted buzz. And of course, there was all the noise that one would expect from a 99-cent cassette from two decades ago. I was extremely pleased when I received your restoration CD, and can tell that you took more than $10-worth of care in restoring the old tape. The noise and distortion are greatly reduced, and the music shines through. What was once an interesting piece of family audio history is now an eminently listenable piano performance. Being a bit of an audiophile and tweaker myself, I played around with your digital transfer/restoration using some top-line audio software, to see if I could bring out a bit more detail on some of the more challenging tracks. In every case, after trying many different modifications, I ended up reverting to your version, which was superior. Many thanks for your excellent services, which I will be using again!"