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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!"

Recording Preservation Tips - CD's

  • Compact discs should be stored in their cases vertically on edge, perpendicular to the shelf.
  • Environmental conditions recommended for other media are adequate for long-term storage of CD's
  • Always hold the disc by its edges to help keep the surface clean.
  • Use a clean, soft, dry cloth to remove any loose particles of dirt, dust, oil, or fingerprints. When cleaning the CD, never wipe it in a circular motion. Use a straight movement from the center outward to the rim.
  • An air gun should be used to blow off any light surface dust.
  • If fingerprints or other stains must be removed, 0.25 part of Tergitol 15-S-3 and 0.25 parts of Tergitol 15-S-9 per 100 parts of distilled water can be utilized safely. Carefully blot the area of the disc needing washing with a soft cloth (preferably a soft cotton that has been washed several times) imbued with a concentration of Tergitol and distilled water. Rinse well using a second cloth soaked in distilled water. Blot dry using a soft cotton cloth. Use an airgun to blow off any lint left over.  Avoid rubbing in any direction.
  • Do not clean the surface with any cloth soaked in water, solvents (thinners, benzine), silicon cloths, antistatic sprays, or record cleaner sprays.
  • Do not use a hair dryer to blow dust off or to remove any moisture from the disc surface.
  • DO NOT:
    • Place pressure-sensitive tape, VelcroTM, etc. on the disc.
    • Leave the CD in the drive overnight.
    • Bend the disc.
    • Write on or mar the surface in any way.
    • Make the center hole larger.
    • Scratch the surface of the disc while loading or unloading the player or storage case.
    • Store or place the disc in a heated area.
  • CD trivia: The CD track is thinner than a human hair and is about three miles long, beginning at the center of the disc and spiraling out to the edge.
  • CD's have an effective track density of 16,000 tracks per inch.
  • After the information transfer is completed, a transparent layer of plastic is applied to the information side to protect the polycarbonate substrate, a reflective coating placed behind the information surface, and then a protective lacquer applied.
    • The compact disc is a laminate of 4 different materials. The bottom of the disc is made of polycarbonate onto which the pits containing the digitized sound information are stamped. A thin layer of aluminum is then applied, covering the pits. A thin lacquer coating (which becomes the top of the disc) is then applied to cover the aluminum layer, and finally the ink for the labeling
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!"