A Question for You

July 2, 2010

As I’m mentioned before, some of my records are in really bad shape.  There are some that skip badly through part or all of the program. I can remove some of the skips digitally, but sometimes program material gets lost in the skips and/or repairs. This is especially true since the demise of my 33rpm motor. It seems like when I’m recording at 78, the higher speed makes the needle “jump over” spots after skips so there are dropouts. Other times the outer edges of the discs are damaged so badly that I can’t even play the record to the end (they play from the inside out). As an aside, if anyone out there can give me a suggestion of a place that might be able to repair a 1940s Westinghouse motor, please tell me!

My question is, do you want me to put those poor-quality, incomplete programs on the blog? Or do you think my time would be better spent in getting up the ones that are more “listenable?”  One consideration is that the poor-quality ones take a lot more time for me to edit. I can probably do at least two or three better-quality recordings in the time it takes me to do one bad one. Of course, if the content seems historically significant I’ll put the time into it. But for more “run-of-the-mill” music programs, what do you think? For example, I’ve already spent several hours on a Frankie Carle show from February 1944, and I’m not finished yet.  It’ll probably take me at least two more hours to get it into a form that I would want to listen to. And I wasn’t even able to record all the way to the end of the record because of a broken glass base and delamination. Should I keep working on that or just set it aside?

Please respond in the comments with your opinion.