"The Perspex Record"
has been quite a year for "Voices of the Forces" records to be
transfered to CD. Most of these increasingly rare recordings, which were
used by members of our armed forces to send messages home were recorded
on a simple 5 inch metal disc sprayed with a layer of fragile shellac. As
the records age, through the decades the shellac generally becomes increasling
brittle and flakey making transfers that bit more difficult.
It came as quite a surprise then, to receive a VOTF disc with a difference, one which was recorded onto a square piece of transparent plastic! Shortly after completing the transfer our client wrote to us with the following testimonial and background information.
"Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate the work you did on my Dad's record.
Here is the
story behind the record. Please feel free to quote from it as testimony
to your high quality service.
told me that he would often be invited to sing in the Sergeant's mess,
which he would do in return for a drink. My Mother told me that she and
his mother played the record 'to death' while he was absent.
A few days later I received a phone call from yourselves to say that you had successfully played the record and been able to transcribe it to CD. I was so pleased, finally we were able to play the CD and hear that wonderful voice sing from nearly 60 years ago. I cannot thank you enough, both for the actual work you performed and for the fast and friendly way in which it was provided."
Mr L. Hill.
Listen to the Record
I am the sister of Mr.L.Hill who sent you the record. Like him I too thought that it would be something I would never listen to again due to it's condition. My brother never told me that he had sent it off to you or indeed that he was even looking for somewhere to send it to!
After you had performed this 'magical' act, he still said nothing as he was waiting untill he could actually bring it over for me to hear!
He said "I've got a new cd that you may be interested in hearing". Imagine my surprise and delight at hearing my Fathers voice coming through the speakers.
were off school at the time on a half-term break and didn't know what
was going on as both their Mum and their Uncle were stood in the middle
of the room with tears streaming down both of our faces!