The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57471   Message #903960
Posted By: Steve Parkes
05-Mar-03 - 10:14 AM
Thread Name: Sound archives decaying
Subject: RE: Sound archives decaying
... and provided you store them properly, upright, in acid- and lignin-free sleeves, with due regard to temperature and relative humidity, avoiding mould, etc. etc. ...

You can get a laser disc-player, which will play any kind of grooved disc, shellac, vinyl or whatever: they cost around $2,000 for the basic kind! Much cheaper to get a good quality conventional deck and copy them to CD (purely for your own personal use, of course). Re-record the CDs every few years before they deteriorate. (It ought to be possible to find software that will compare your different generations of digital audio files and show how much they've deteriorated; not that it's much help after the event.) When the next-generation storage medium comes along, transfer to that. (I expect it will be molecular or quantum, or something similar out of Star Trek!)