Ghosting on 78s

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

While cleaning the records for the Czech Slovak museum, we noticed that upon drying, some of the 78s had some residual “ghosting”.  We tried a second wash but we couldn’t diminish the staining.  We took a couple of the 78s over to the Audio Visual department to do a test run with Rod Mickle. The records played but had very poor sound quality. Rod said that they could be enhanced digitally but that it would be very time consuming and expensive. He explained that what we were seeing was dirt lodged in the grooves of the records. We plan to do a second cleaning and hope that will diminish more of the ghosting.