The purpose of this site is to raise awareness about the need to archive audio
and video recordings which contain your family history.
Of prime importance is everything on magnetic media, such as audio cassettes,
reel-to-reel audio tapes, and all home video tapes. They are deteriorating over
time. Some of it may not be playable now. Not only is magnetic media degrading,
but the equipment and expertise needed to retrieve those aging recordings is
becoming increasingly more difficult to find.
Still and moving pictures which exist on film (including negatives) can last
considerably longer than your magnetic media when properly stored, but they
should be inspected periodically and eventually migrated to the digital realm as
Wire recordings have an unknown life expectancy. The recording medium was
very fine stainless steel wire. I have played wire recordings made in the 1940’s
and they played just fine. I can’t say the same for audio tapes recorded from the
mid 1970’ to mid 1990’s. So, while wire recordings are indeed magnetic
recordings, the lifespan appears to differ greatly from those recordings made on
acetate or polyester tape. That said, I would suggest migrating those wire
recordings to the digital realm as soon as possible.
Yes, I do specialize in saving and restoring your old family audio recordings,
including private collections and public institutions.
I don’t use the term “We” because I’m it. I’m the one you talk to and the one who
does the work, one job at a time. I don’t make a living at it. If needed, I will bring
in my son to help. Wes is an accomplished Classical Guitarist with a Bachelors
degree in music and we enjoy “talking shop”. Basically, I restore old family
recordings more for the love of doing it and helping people, than money.
I have been a professional Audio Engineer for 45+ years.
I have specialized in the restoration and archival of every aspect of audio
recordings for the last 25 years. I felt it was time to share some of my knowledge
and experience with those who can use it most.
Rather than go into a lengthy list of equipment, let me simply say that I can play
just about every consumer format used for the last 100 years or so.
If you have an old analogue family recording, chances are I can transfer and
restore it for you. This also includes some of the more recent but obsolete digital
audio formats such as DAT, Mini-disc and Sony F-1.
I also maintain a couple of legacy PC’s which allows me to recover data from
several obsolete formats including 3-1/2” and 5-1/4” floppies, Jazz, Zip and
Please check out the
page for links to those who provide transfer and
restoration services throughout the US and Canada if you would like to find a
vendor that is geographically closer to you.
About this site
This site is more informational than promotional. After the
pages, where I write more in-depth about what it takes to enjoy and digitally
transfer records and tapes in the event you want to get involved at the hobby
level. There is information about managing your digital data plus other informative
stuff about digital file formats. The Links page is designed to help you get help,
find a vendor, or learn more about what you may have. Finally, I have put
together some simple
that are specific to records, tapes, and some
general audio terminology.
It is the Glossaries, Links and Useful Information pages that are ever changing.
So stop by once in awhile for a visit.
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