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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?

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

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I am afraid there will be some delay in producing any more LP rips due to the health of my life's partner,
She needs nursing care now, until the end of her life so I will not have much time to process material, however I will read mail from time to time and try to respond to comments.

Thank you for your patience. 

Update 9 Jan 2012
I am sad at heart to inform all my loyal followers
that my partner died suddenly in hospital after an emergency admission. I have so much to do now, after this is all over I need a break, a holiday away from here to re-charge the mental battery after all the recent stress, however,  fear not I am internet mobile, so will be keeping an eye on the blog from around the World, all is NOT lost.
I assure you, your comments and sympathy are all very much appreciated... I'll be back at normal pace with luck by the middle of 2012,  meanwhile I am here intermittently dealing with the upkeep of mail.

Update July 2012
Something wonderful has happened to me, I must write about it here.... I have found a lovely lady in my village, who like me, lost her partner a while back, we have become companions and are enjoying life together helping each overcome the grief of bereavement, I'm afraid this means, again the attention to the blog will be somewhat reduced but fear not I still have a lot to do music wise that is, so worth keeping an eye on here occasionally.

26 comments:

gilhodges said...

Wishing you and your loved one well. Your friends out here in the ether are thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

Fully understood and your partner is the one who needs you now. I hope that things go in the easiest possible way for you both and even if you never have the chance to return to the work of this blog, know that you've done sterling work in bringing this music back into circulation.

Frank said...

Dear Gonzo--So Sad to learn of your situation. I hope this last journey of your partner is peaceful. The music can wait. Attend to your and your partner's needs. Thanks for all the pleasure you have brought people like me.

Gonzo said...

Thanks !!

I never expected such sympathetic responses, I am truly thankful for them all, it helps to know my small efforts have been appreciated.

There have been three major interests in my life, Family, Music and Electronics, it seems although I will still have my family of course, the creator of them is to be taken from me by one of the most aggressive forms of Cancer, a year since it was first discovered, two fairly major operations, and radio therapy has delayed the ultimate end up until now when it seems they can do no more for her but keep her comfortable for as long as possible.
In order for our experiences to benefit others, full medical details are being retained in an effort to make more medical staff aware of this killer, "Merkel Cell Cancer" If you for a moment suspect you or a partner-Friend might to suffer from this, I urge you to use the power of GOOGLE and do your research, there is NO TIME TO LOSE. Discovered possible three months earlier this killer might have been contained, know WHAT TO LOOK FOR, it is vital.. NEVER IGNORE anything that looks odd.

I'll get back here now and again, I have a lot to do music wise, what I can do will help me cope with this event, so please keep looking in when you can.

Gonz.

C said...

Hi Gonzo,

Very sorry to hear this news. Wishing strength to you and your family.

Igster said...

My thoughts are with you and yours
Ian from Australia

ximeremix said...

Nothing is more important than looking after those who need looking after, be they family or friends.
I'm sure that everyone who reads this blog understands your situation, some (like myself) better than others.
Take care and smile every now and then. :-)

Conrad

Paddy said...

God bless, thoughts are with you Gonzo! - Paddy Punx Team

Anonymous said...

Dear Gonzo, so sorry to hear of your partners illness and the not so encouraging prognosis, my thoughts go out to both of you in this very difficult time. Although it doesnt seem the right time or appropriate in the circumstances. I would like to thank you for all your efforts and the musical pleasure you have brought me and my friend who is a big folk music fan for all these long lost recordings you have made available, your considerable efforts have not gone un noticed, so if there are no more than thank you for all you have done. But of course the most important thing is the time you have left with your partner who i hope does not suffer during the time she has left. God bless to you both.

Anonymous said...

Shocked and saddened to hear the very sad news, my sincere condolances and sympathy go to you and your family at this very difficlt time.

gsh said...

Deepest sympathy and condolences for you and your family following this sad loss.

Jon said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. I think when you reflect back at some point in the future you will find solace in the fact that her final journey was not too long or painful for either of you. My thoughts are with you.
Jon

Yorkie said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope it may be some small consolation to know that you have many friends all over the world. Your kindness and hard work in sharing your music has been greatly appreciated but now you need to look after yourself for a while.
Take care, my friend.

Frank said...

Sorry to learn of the death of your partner. Do what you need to recharge yourself and to get on with your life as well as you can. Take what solace you can in having a life partner and to enjoy your other loves as much as possible.

jazzuk said...

Very sorry Gonzo....my deepest sympathy.

K L Appo said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. A very harrowing event for you to experience, but seek solace in the memory of the good times. All best wishes from Oz, and will pass on your news to Piper Lou in case she hasn't heard.

Jothee Bee said...

Oh my! That's very sad news.

Sometimes words just seem so inadequate!

So very sorry gonz

JB

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Just wanted to thank you for your blog. I just discovered it recently but have read completely through it from end to beginning and have learned ever so much. Now I'm checking out your other blog gonzosoundz. Wishing you the best in your time of grief. Take care, friend... JazzyJeff58

Manila said...

Dear Gonzo,

I don't make the rounds of my favourite music blogs as often as I used to, but I have just visited yours only to find your very sad news. Please accept my sincerest condolences and I hope the cherished memories of all the good times with your partner will see you through this very difficult period.

I really am very very sorry.

Kindest regards,

Manila

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy for your loss

Asad (New Delhi) said...

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. May the memories of your beloved and the support of family and friends help reinforce your strength and conviction in the goodness of life. I am sorry it took such a sad occasion to make me write, but please also accept my appreciation for all the warmth and joy you have brought to countless music aficionados through your efforts.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear your news, I've been there and things do get better but it will take time. Thanks for all you've done and good luck for the future. Paul

Anonymous said...

As I don't call that often I am late to hear your sad news.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I wish you and yours strength and plenty to get you through this dreadful time.
Bottleneck

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I wish you the best.

ximeremix said...

My deepest sympathies go to you and yours at this time.

Conrad

Kelvin Pawsey said...

So very sorry to hear your news. I hadn't realised how long it had been since I last checked your blog. I very much enjoyed our correspondence whilst sorting out the Johnny Doughty and send love and good wishes to you.