Deane (and other MMD'ers), By _far_ a better system, and more cost
effective, is to archive all your 78 rpm material onto digital MiniDisc
(MD) format. If you are unfamiliar with the format, I suggest you pay
a visit to the "MiniDisc Community Page" where you will find a
tremendous wealth of information on MiniDisc:
I have been using MD in conjunction with my work with antique music
boxes for six years. It is truly ideal for anyone who wishes to have
all the benefits of CD (random access, superb sound quality,
convenient, compact storage) PLUS, most notably, re-recordability,
track and disc titling (up to 1700 alpha-numeric characters), full
editability including resequencing tracks, deleting individual tracks,
dividing tracks, combining tracks...
Also, a great trick I discovered; since the capacity of the standard
recordable MD blank is 74:59 (74 min, 59 sec), and considering that
78 rpm records are monaural, you can record in mono on MD's and get
nearly two-and-a-half hours of music per MD!! Now, considering these
little jewels are so small you can easily fit 6 - 10 in a shirt pocket,
their storage space requirements are far and away superior to those of
CD, cassette tape, or any other form of audio recording known today.
All of the current generation of portable MD recorders will make a
recording that you will not be able to distinguish from CD, and vastly
superior to even $2500.00 state of the art cassette tape equipment.
Blank MD's are now sold widely in the US, including Eckerds drugstore
chain, Sears, Circuit City, Best Buy, and most large consumer elec-
tronics stores. The portable recorders cost about $300.00, but can
be found on sale for even less. You will need a good mic, if you plan
to record with an acoustic setup; otherwise, a standard line level
output will plug straight into the MD recorder.
Check it out! It is a fantastic tool for any of us who want to
preserve our "antique music", whatever source it may be.
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