transfer to CD?
Transferring your recordings (tape or record) to CD means
that you can hear your favourite music again anywhere you
have a CD player. Like lost treasures everyone has them,
old cassette tapes, LPs and reel to reel tapes often gathering
dust in a box stored away in an attic, garage or cupboard.
They might be recordings of family members, interviews or
The major reasons for transferring these precious recordings
to CD are:
was never meant to last, even stored correctly
old tapes deteriorate, and over time, you can
lose precious recordings.
reel to reel players have long since been thrown
modern Hi Fi's no longer have record decks.
With the advent of digital CD's, many reel to reel and
record players were considered old fashioned and thrown
away. This has left many people with a collection or tapes
or LP's, which are no longer playable.
How long will the CD copy last?
We use archival quality CD's from Kodak. Providing the
CD is looked after carefully it can last more than a 100
How do I have Precious Voices transfer my tape to CD?
Send the tape or record in question along with the completed
order form (see download page) and a cheque or postal
order made payable to "Precious Voices" to the address
on the form. If you have any questions beforehand, you
can download our information pack (see download page)
or contact us on our advice line 01848 331999 or
send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A confirmation email/card will be sent when we receive
My tape's stretched or broken. My records been scratched?
Can you still transfer it to CD?
Sometimes, things aren't as black as they look. We can
mend tapes, splicing breaks back together, removing stretched
portions. It's even possible to eliminate many of the
clicks and pops from scratched vinyl records.
as received. Tape contained multiple breaks and
same tape after repair.
It is now ready to play.
offer an appraisal service, where you can send us a tape
or LP which has severely deteriorated and for a fee of
£20 we will examine the tape/record and advise you on
its condition, together with a fixed quotation for its
repair and transfer to CD format. When you receive the
quotation its then entirely upto you whether the value
of the material on the tape is worth the cost of restoration.
If you decide to continue with the restoration we will
deduct the £20 from the total cost of the restoration.
If you chose not to proceed we will return your tape to
you without any further obligation.
you remove all the damage from a recording?
No. There is no known process that can restore a recording
to the quality of the original. But we can improve the
situation considerably by filtering much of the damage
out. Most clicks and pops can be removed and hiss significantly
reduced. We can eliminate much of the noise made by a
scratch on a record. But where magnetic tape has been
stretched or snapped there will be sections of the recording
lost forever. Magnetic tape is like old elastic - it can
never spring back into shape.
Will my original tape stay in its restored condition?
No - it will gradually deteriorate again. How fast will
depend on the conditions its stored in. Avoiding excess
humidity and keeping it at a constant cool but not cold
temperature will all slow the process down a little. But
in the long term transferring the information to a digital
format on CD is the only way to guarantee its survival.
My grandson has a computer that can make CDs' - why
shouldn't he do this for me?
He also needs the equipment and skills to handle
the old media without further damage, and special professional
quality computer programs to "clean" up the originals.
You wouldn't use a toy hammer and saw to build a real
house - you need the right tools for the job.
How much do you charge?
the necessary processes such as tape repair, noise reduction,
etc. are covered by a single fee based on the playing
time of your tape/record. Upto an hour of sound
from a cassette is £25 (after the first hour, additional
hour or sound is £15). For reel to reel tapes upto
an hour costs £40 (after the first hour, additional
hour or sound is £20). Old 78 Records and LPs are
£20. Postage is a standard £8.50 for all orders,
see section below. There are no hidden extras to calculate.
What is the copyright or legal position with commercially
For homemade recordings, where you own the copyright we
are happy to make multiple copies (this does not apply
to recordings made from the radio). Transfer of commercial
recordings (record or tape) can only be done where you
own the copy of the record (or tape) and the CD is for
your own use. We must ask that you sign the declaration
to this effect at the bottom of the order form.
I get my original tape/record back?
Yes, we return your original record or tape and
the CD copy to you using the Royal Mail's Special
Postage & Carriage
All media (tapes, CDs or reels) should be sent to
us in secure packaging. We suggest that you use
a box or stiff cardboard and also use bubble wrap
or some other soft packaging material. Please remember
to include the completed order form and remittance.
In the unlikely event that you cannot download the
order form (see download page) please write all
relevant information on a piece of paper, remembering
to include your name and return address. Or you
can telephone us on 01848 331999 and we will send
you an order form.
When sending anything to us we suggest you do not
use the ordinary mail or Parcelforce service, but
chose the Royal Mail's Special Delivery service.
parcels are returned to customers using the Special
Please Note: We cannot accept responsibility
for any recordings which have been damaged in transit.
is a Special Delivery label
Do you carry out work for customers based outside the
we do. Our website gets many hits from around the World.
Because proper audio restorers are few and far between
in the World, we are happy to help overseas customers
and regularly accept work from across the globe. We ask
for payment in advance in sterling from our overseas customers.
Some customers prefer to use Fedex or a similar courier.
But the postal service in your country will also have
an airmail service where the parcel is tracked.
material in the post is always a risk and we can help
make the process safer by giving advice on packing precious
items. We can also return your restored material to you
in a digital form (MP3 audio files) before we post or
courier your CD's and original tapes. That way we minimise
the risk to your material. It is however impossible for
us to obtain insurance for what we do, even from Lloyds
of London, because what we handle is often of no monetary
value but of enormous emotional worth.
you think we may be of assistance to you then please email
us at email@example.com and we will guide
you from there. We pride ourselves in our customer service.
contact details are
www.preciousvoices.co.uk 01848 331999
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