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Repair and Restoration
Audio Repair and Restoration
CD - DVD - Audio Cassette - Video Tape - Open Reel tapes including 2 inch multitrack tapes - Vinyl Discs
- Karaoke CD's
CD - DVD – All Types inc. Game CD-Roms
CD’s and DVD’s usually get scratched at some time and although the ‘error
correction’ built into all players can cope with this, there comes a time
when the sound or picture starts to suffer and eventually the programme
may drop out, freeze or keep repeating a section. You may also be unable
to play certain tracks.
Although there can be faults to the label side of the disc which is non
repairable, it is more likely to be damage to the other side that causes
We recently installed an industrial quality repair machine that can restore this side to
an ‘as new’ condition by grinding and polishing out all the scratches. This
almost always cures the fault and if it does not, we refund the cost.
The price for CD - DVD - CD Rom restoration is £3.00 per disc
Karaoke CD’s (CD-G)
Karaoke or CD-G discs can be physically cleaned
like any other CD and although this will nearly always cure any audio problems it may not cure corrupted
text (lyrics) which are more sensitive. We can make a copy of suspect
discs via enhanced error correction software which usually makes a big
Prices vary depending on how bad the disc is – but
an average cost would be around £10 for cleaning
and copying plus £3 for printing titles etc. if required.
Audio Cassette Tape + VHS & Video 8 tape
Tapes often get stuck inside the machine and consequently gets crumpled,
stretched or snapped. We can cut out the damaged piece of tape and edit
the main tape back together. If the shell is damaged we can fit the
repaired tape into a new shell.
The information on the damaged piece of tape is lost but this usually
only amounts to a few seconds. It is advisable to have the contents of
the tape transferred to either CD
for audio or DVD
for video as the
machine that damaged the tape
in the first place is likely to do so
charge for the above repairs are from £5.00 for a basic repair.
Backup copies on CD or DVD: £5.00 set
up charge per tape +10p per min. of recording (VAT & postage
Open Reel Tapes & Tape baking
open reel tapes manufactured between the early 1970’s and 1990’s
now suffer from something called ‘sticky shed’. This is caused by
the chemical (that was used to bind the magnetic particles to the
polyester backing) reacting with dampness over the years and causing
the tape to shed a sticky white dust that makes the tape almost
un-playable. The tape will slow down and squeak as it passes the
heads and should be stopped if this occurs as it can damage both the
tape and the machine.
This situation can be temporarily
resolved by ‘baking’ the tape in a special, tightly controlled,
low temperature oven for 24 to 72 hours (depending how badly the tape
is affected). The tape is then useable for a few weeks during which
time the contents can be transferred to a newer medium.
heat treatment costs are as follows:
tapes - £10.00 for
use of the oven + £2.00 per tape (eg. 10 tapes would cost (£30.00 +
inch multitrack tapes - £10.00 (Oven fee) + £5.00 per tape (eg.5
tapes would cost £35.00 +VAT)
inch multitrack tapes - £10.00 (Oven Fee) + £10.00 per tape (eg. 4
tapes would cost £50.00 + VAT)
Carriage on tapes is extra and
charged at cost.
can transfer the tape contents to CD or any other digital media if
Transfer costs are £5.00 set
up + 10p per min. of recording (eg. A 60min. tape would be £11.00 +
carriage costs are extra and charged at cost
Vinyl Disc Repair - incl. 7" - 10" and 12" records
The above discs mainly suffer from scratches, dust and liquid spills
that deteriorate the reproduction. Although scratches cannot be
physically repaired, the resulting click can be eliminated electronically
when transferring the Vinyl to CD.
Crackle and surface noise is more difficult to eliminate successfully
with electronics as it usually has a side effect that sounds almost
worse than the surface noise. However, dramatic improvement can be made
by physically cleaning the surface and grooves of the disc.
Our cleaning machine washes the disc in a special cleaning fluid which
also loosens the dirt in the grooves. The machine then vacuums out all
the dirt and fluid, leaving a surface that is almost crackle-free.
charge for cleaning is £3.00 per
disc (both sides)
The charge for cleaning
to CD or any other digital media is £12.00.
Carriage on tapes and discs is extra and charged at
Send faulty discs or tapes to:-
Cavewood Grange Farm
Tel: 01430 425546
Include your contact details and we will contact you with the total cost
(before starting any work) and payment can be made either by cheque, credit card - over the phone or even Paypal.