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|16″ BBC Transcription discs||£16 / side|
|Manual restoration||£30 per hour (pro-rata)|
16″ BBC Transcription Disc:
16 inch transcription discs are meticulously hand-cleaned before playing. Due to the over-sized nature of these discs, hand-washing is the only practical method of cleaning.
Note that this record was in a very bad state due to a build-up of palmitic acidic-salt deposits – effectively removed by washing with sodium bicarbonate and dilute ammonia solutions.
16″ Transcription discs should be treated with great care when sending through the post. As with Acetate discs, every effort must be made to minimise the possibility of handling damage, especially given the oversized nature of the discs. Our advice would be to securely sandwich the record(s) between several pieces of strong cardboard, then wrap this in plenty of bubble wrap. This should then be placed inside a larger cardboard box, ideally filled with polystyrene shapes, to absorb any knocks and vibrations during transit. Please note: this advice is given on the understanding that we cannot accept responsibility for damage caused in the post – and as with all valuable items, you should arrange sufficient insurance to cover any potential loss.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and we recommend customers use recorded or special delivery, so that your package can be signed for and/or tracked.
We always use first class recorded delivery to return packages, unless we are instructed otherwise.
16″ BBC Transcription discs are transferred to digital using the EMT 950 deck fitted with a Shure M44-7. The deck is modified to accommodate the oversized record and the appropriate diamond styli is used.
Given their age, remarkably good results can be obtained from these discs, as can be heard from the audio sample below.
Use of the correct EQ curve is essential to get the best from these discs, as they were produced before the introduction of the RIAA equalization standard in the 1950s. An Elberg MD12 variable curve EQ preamplifier is used to achieve the correct EQ prior to further restoration and transfer to CD or other digital medium such as FLAC or mp3.