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Folk & Jazz fan, specialising in vinyl restoration. Although I would prefer to only post albums that I have paid for, or those of close friends, I am open to suggestions and offers of rare Folk items that need tender care and restoration, provided the supplier has the right of ownership of the physical item. NOT JUST an MP3 COPY of it. To give you an idea, I am prepared to restore vinyl belonging to another person, IF I receive a decent quality scan of the front, back and any relevant information that comes with the LP, preferably at least 2400 by 2400 quality, (600DPI scans for back) along with the sound files in FLAC format as waves are a bit too large to transfer. Then I will check their suitability for restoration. I try to maintain the requirement for a decent set of scans for each item, where possible, as I feel the music is incomplete without it. Sometimes this is just not possible as a lot of my stock came from broadcasting organisations that had their own heavy card sleeves, with information relevant to their prime function, that of providing the disc-jockies with basic details to pass on to listeners. I do wonder what happened to all the original artwork?

Monday, 3 May 2010

*** For those that wondered ***

I am still here, very busy with other projects, some jazz is coming up, but folk, specially the old TOPIC stuff is getting very thin on the ground, so many have been either completely or partially re-issued which is a good thing, a number I have already completed or were near completion, have had significant issues, so they get put back in the archive for listening only.

Comments made are STILL not being addressed to the relevant blog entry, so some are getting missed, I am NOT ignoring you, in fact today I spent hours reviewing old comments and found some I never replied to, mainly because when you moderate a comment,  IF it is not referenced to a particular posting, it will effectively vanish.
 

2 comments:

Frank said...

Gonzo--I am delighted to hear you are still around and active. I have so much enjoyed your postings of British Isles folk. It has long been a passion of mine here in the colonies and the opportunity to listen to many out-of-print records of artists I admired has been a genuine thrill. I am also in awe of your meticulous effort to restore pristine quality to those records-a labor of love VERY much appreciated.

Gonzo said...

We don't get finished YET, there are still some as yet un-issued on CD but theses are the bottom of the pile quality wise, so I have to make agonising decisions whether to release all tracks, including bad ones, or selectively release tracks, something I have done already, but am not happy to do often.
Then there is the cover problem, a lot of my material is Ex-broadcaster library material, with plain brown covers, I like to release a complete set with good re-produceable covers where I can, or failing that, create a reasonable cover with relevant pictures, the John Doughty song album is an example where using a publicity picture suitably edited made a good cover. I am always on the look out for cover scans, especially for the Topic range of vinyl, those UN-ISSUED of course.
I know it is not easy to produce a good scan of a 12" LP, since even an A3 scanner does not have quite the width to scan in one go, so you need to do the job in two or more parts and join then with a photo editor. Not an easy task when the contrast and brightness can vary from side to side or top to bottom, the joins are often too easily visible. There is an article on this blog that I wrote describing the joining of scans, using Paint Shop Pro, you might like to read this, if you can provide suitable scans. The most important feature should be the precise positioning in the scanner, perfectly vertical or horizontal so that joins do not smear across their length. Rotating after scanning always reduces precision of the image.
Thanks for your comments, always encouraging...