Hi folks, thanks for maintaining such a great forum. I been searching the corners of the web for a solution to a problem I've inherited. My grandfather passed a few years back and left me a stack of 78s that he recorded with a record cutter when he was in San Deigo during WW2. They are mostl y made by Ford Brothers and appear to be cardboard coated in wax of some type.
I finanly found a 78 player with no autoreturn (they play from the pin out). But they sound horrible, obviously. I've cleaned them with a soft brush and a microfiber cloth and it helped, but i know there is 80 years of gunk in those grooves. I'm afriad to use any kind of liquid as they are a paper base. Any suggestions would be welcome. Just getting them 75% better would be good enough to start transfering them to digital for my dad and aunt.
Thanks in advance.
Got a great stack of 78s also. Lots of great advice for cleaning shellac out there. Looking forward to that.