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"I RECENTLY SENT YOU A RECORDING FOUND IN MY PARENT'S BELONGINGS AFTER THEIR DEATHS THAT WAS DATED 1945. THE RECORDING WAS MADE IN NEW YORK CITY BY A 19 YEAR OLD YOUNG MAN (MY FATHER) TO SEND TO HIS SWEETHEART (MY MOTHER) BEFORE HE WAS SHIPPED OVERSEAS TO OKINAWA DURING WORLD WAR II. HE WAS IN OKINAWA FOR TWO YEARS (ONE YEAR DURING THE BATTLES FOR OKINAWA AND ANOTHER YEAR AS PART OF THE OCCUPATIONAL FORCES) DURING WHICH TIME MY MOTHER ONLY HAD THIS RECORDING OF HIS VOICE TO PLAY DURING HER TIMES OF LONLINESS. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS ON THE RECORDING BUT WANTED TO PRESERVE SAME AS PART OF MY FAMILY HISTORY. TO SAY THAT I AM THRILLED WITH YOUR RESTORATION HAS TO BE THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY! NOT ONLY DID YOU PRESERVE THE VOICE OF MY BEST FRIEND (MY DAD) BUT YOU PRESERVED FOR MY FAMILY A MOST SENTIMENTAL POEM MY FATHER WROTE AND READ TO MY MOTHER ON THIS RECORDING, NOT KNOWING IF HE WOULD EVER SEE HER AGAIN. HE WROTE SEVERAL POEMS FOR MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER DURING THE WAR, BUT AFTER THE WAR, HE NEVER AGAIN WROTE ANY POETRY. THE RECORDING WAS IN VERY POOR SHAPE AND WAS RECORDED ON A VERY CHEAP CELLULOID APPEARING MATERIAL THAT THE GEM RAZORBLADE COMPANY APPARENTLY PROVIDED FOR THE MEN BEING SHIPPED OVERSEAS TO SEND TO THEIR SWEETHEARTS. YOU RESTORED AND PRESERVED FOR MY FAMILY A VOICE FROM THE PAST, ALMOST 55 YEARS AGO, THAT WILL BE CHERISHED AND PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. I MUST ALSO THANK CRISTIAN COBAN FOR A MOST PROFESSIONAL JOB DEMEANOR AND FOR CONSTANT E-MAILS ADVISING ME OF HER PROGRESS WITH MY ONE RECORDING AS THOUGH THIS SINGLE COMPACTDISC WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB THAT HER COMPANY HAS EVER DONE. I ESPECIALLY WAS TOUCHED BY HER E-MAIL AFTER HURRICANE FLOYD, REASSURING ME THAT MY ORIGINAL RECORDING WAS STILL SAFE IN YOUR HANDS. MY EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR COMPANY HAS BEEN MOST REWARDING AND I HAVE NEVER DEALT WITH A COMPANY WITH SUCH SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOUR COMPANY TO ANYONE NEEDING RESTORATION SERVICES AND INTEND TO DO SO. THANK YOU FOR A MOST PLEASANT EXPERIENCE. D E McDANIEL JR DEPUTY SHERIFF GUILFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA "

Recording Preservation Tips - Cassette Tapes

  • Heat kills cassettes. Leaving cassette recordings in a hot car will shorten the life of the tape and cassette mechanism. The cassette may warp and the tape may become brittle.
  • The cassette player heads need to be cleaned periodically. Please use only "Tape head cleaning fluid". There are various cassette player cleaning kits that do an adequate cleaning job. Another type of cleaning is de-gaussing or demagnetizing the heads. This will improve the frequency response of your cassette player.
  • If the tape breaks, and you are the "do-it-yourselfer-type", here is what the Audiovisual Equipment and Materials Basic Repair and Maintenance Manual says:
    • Lay two ends of tape together and hold. Cut tape diagonally, assuring both ends have the same cut angle.
    • Put the two ends on a smooth, dry surface and try to butt them together. It may be easier to overlap them and pull the fingers apart. Keep the tape straight.
    • Put a piece of special tape-splicing tape across only the non-recorded side of the tape.
    • Burnish the splicing tape down and cut off excess tape, cutting very slightly into the tape. This technique works best with C-30; C-45; and C-60 cassettes. C-90 and C-120 are almost too thin to handle and tend to curl at the moment of splicing.
  • Cassette trivia: the first version of the compact cassette, initially known as the Pocket Cassette, was launched in 1963 in Berlin. Philips engineers later claimed that five considerations had driven the design of the Compact Cassette:
    • Smallest possible dimensions with a playing time of 30 minutes
    • Simple sturdy construction
    • Reliability
    • Maximum protection of the tape
    • Low energy consumption during playback and rewind
  • The initial specification called for monaural recording---two tracks, one in each direction. This was soon supplemented by a standard for stereo recording. Unlike existing stereo standards, which maximized separation of the four tracks required by two-direction recording by interleaving them, the Philips standard placed the two forward tracks and the two reverse tracks next to one another.  This made it possible to play stereo recordings on monaural machines without modification.
Customer Testimonials
"I RECENTLY SENT YOU A RECORDING FOUND IN MY PARENT'S BELONGINGS AFTER THEIR DEATHS THAT WAS DATED 1945. THE RECORDING WAS MADE IN NEW YORK CITY BY A 19 YEAR OLD YOUNG MAN (MY FATHER) TO SEND TO HIS SWEETHEART (MY MOTHER) BEFORE HE WAS SHIPPED OVERSEAS TO OKINAWA DURING WORLD WAR II. HE WAS IN OKINAWA FOR TWO YEARS (ONE YEAR DURING THE BATTLES FOR OKINAWA AND ANOTHER YEAR AS PART OF THE OCCUPATIONAL FORCES) DURING WHICH TIME MY MOTHER ONLY HAD THIS RECORDING OF HIS VOICE TO PLAY DURING HER TIMES OF LONLINESS. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS ON THE RECORDING BUT WANTED TO PRESERVE SAME AS PART OF MY FAMILY HISTORY. TO SAY THAT I AM THRILLED WITH YOUR RESTORATION HAS TO BE THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY! NOT ONLY DID YOU PRESERVE THE VOICE OF MY BEST FRIEND (MY DAD) BUT YOU PRESERVED FOR MY FAMILY A MOST SENTIMENTAL POEM MY FATHER WROTE AND READ TO MY MOTHER ON THIS RECORDING, NOT KNOWING IF HE WOULD EVER SEE HER AGAIN. HE WROTE SEVERAL POEMS FOR MY MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER DURING THE WAR, BUT AFTER THE WAR, HE NEVER AGAIN WROTE ANY POETRY. THE RECORDING WAS IN VERY POOR SHAPE AND WAS RECORDED ON A VERY CHEAP CELLULOID APPEARING MATERIAL THAT THE GEM RAZORBLADE COMPANY APPARENTLY PROVIDED FOR THE MEN BEING SHIPPED OVERSEAS TO SEND TO THEIR SWEETHEARTS. YOU RESTORED AND PRESERVED FOR MY FAMILY A VOICE FROM THE PAST, ALMOST 55 YEARS AGO, THAT WILL BE CHERISHED AND PASSED DOWN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. I MUST ALSO THANK CRISTIAN COBAN FOR A MOST PROFESSIONAL JOB DEMEANOR AND FOR CONSTANT E-MAILS ADVISING ME OF HER PROGRESS WITH MY ONE RECORDING AS THOUGH THIS SINGLE COMPACTDISC WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB THAT HER COMPANY HAS EVER DONE. I ESPECIALLY WAS TOUCHED BY HER E-MAIL AFTER HURRICANE FLOYD, REASSURING ME THAT MY ORIGINAL RECORDING WAS STILL SAFE IN YOUR HANDS. MY EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR COMPANY HAS BEEN MOST REWARDING AND I HAVE NEVER DEALT WITH A COMPANY WITH SUCH SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOUR COMPANY TO ANYONE NEEDING RESTORATION SERVICES AND INTEND TO DO SO. THANK YOU FOR A MOST PLEASANT EXPERIENCE. D E McDANIEL JR DEPUTY SHERIFF GUILFORD COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA "