Listed here are a variety of companies or individuals who offer supplies and equipment to the Audio Restoration engineer, Library, Archivist, serious record collector, and anyone with an interest in restoring and getting the best quality sound from old recordings, from any source, but primarily from phonograph discs or magnetic tape.
Please contact the companies listed below for more up-to-date information and current prices on any product mentioned. Such information presented here is offered only as a guide, and may not be accurate. Personal comments are those of Graham Newton from personal experience and the reported experience of others.
If you have knowledge of any suppliers you think should be on this list, or any updates relating to those already listed, please email with details. These suppliers are presented in alphabetical order and no recommendation of the specific companies listed here should be implied. Approximate prices are given where known, but it is up to the reader to confirm and satisfy themselves before doing business with any of the following:
AUDIO "78" ARCHIVAL SUPPLIES, Mr. Dick Markel
Offer a broad range of equipment (the operative word here is "offer").
Numerous recent reports indicate the company may be in trouble. Orders taken by telephone (one of the few times a live body answered!) are not delivered, call messages left on their answering machine about unfulfilled orders are not returned, other times telephones ring-no-answer... all of this during what the outgoing message says is their "regular business hours". Some people report orders given over two years ago for the fabled Keith Monks Record Cleaning Machine, still not being delivered, and a new excuse is offered each time.
Prospective customers are cautioned to look elsewhere until the above noted problems are explained and corrected.
(address correct to 1997)
Audio "78" Archival Supplies, Mr. Dick Markel
TEL: (415) 457-7878
Supplier of a wide variety of record sleeves for 7", 10" and 12" discs, as well as other collectibles. They also have mailer boxes and protective filler pads. A complete catalog shows everything, and they will send samples of specific items if you are having difficulty determining what you want.
Toll Free: 1-800-767-BAGS (2247)
Web site: http://www.frontiernet.net/~bags
This company supplies a variety of Thorens turntables including...
Thorens TD520 Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $1450
Thorens TD521 Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $1100
Thorens TD180 Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $400
TEL: (718) 441-0895
DIAPASON TURNTABLES, Mr. Jeff Duboff
Archive Turntable Series:
Model 12 (for playing up to 12" disks) US $1150
Turntables are built to order, with delivery quoted at time of order. Typical delivery time is 4-6 weeks. Turntables require a US $600 deposit at time of order, with the balance due before delivery. Massachussetts residents add sales tax. Prices include ground shipment within continental USA.
TEL: (781) 944-8002
ESOTERIC SOUND, Mr. Mike Stosich
Osiris Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $122.00
V-3 Manual Turntable - US $475.00
V-2 Manual Turntable - US $375.00
Isis Manual Turntable - US $420.00
Vintage Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $265.00
RA-6 Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $200.00
TEL: (708) 960-9137
Dual Golden-1 Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $1195
Dual CS-750S Semi-Automatic Turntable - US $750
TEL: (212) 840-1976
EXPERT STYLUS COMPANY, Mr. W. D Hodgson
Manufacturers of high quality stylus replacements, including a diamond re-tipping service for moving coil and magnetic cartridges.
Replacement conical truncated diamonds using clients own stylus
in tip sizes from .0011 inches to .0040 inches.
Replacement elliptical truncated diamonds using clients own stylus
in tip sizes from .0011 x .0003 inches to .0040 x .0012 inches.
Expert Stylus Company
FAR WEST RECORD SUPPLY, Mr. Marsh Weeks
Far West is a "home" business operated by Marshall "Marsh" Weeks, a retired person who is having more fun with his business than when he worked for a living! He supplies a variety of excellent quality record sleeves in paper and polyethelene at attractive prices. The sleeves are center die-cut and have a dip on one side for easy inserting, and they are available in 7", 10" and 12" versions.
A brief 2 page catalog sheet of his products is available on request.
Far West Record Supply
TEL: (626) 335-5544
KAB ELECTRO - ACOUSTICS, Mr. Kevin Barrett
KAB offers a line of turntables, cartridges, styli, restoration, preservation and sound enhancement products.
Some of the more important items include...
Souvenir VSP 78 RPM Signal Processor - US $429.00
Stanton 500 Series Cartrige US $44.95
Stanton Special Size Styli US $89.00
78 RPM DiscSweep record brush US $16.95
A catalog of KAB products is available on request.
KAB Electro - Acoustics
TEL: (908) 754-1479
Web site: http://www.kabusa.com
Offers a range of turntables, cartridges, styli, headshells, stylus force gauges, record cleaners and other items. A catalog is available.
Toll Free: 1 (800) 221-0906
PACKBURN ELECTRONICS, Mr. Richard Burns
Packburn Audio Noise Suppressor Model 323A US$ 2,650.00
Packburn Electronics Inc.
TEL: (315) 472-5644
VPI TNT Series 2 Turntable - US $3500
TEL: (732) 946-8606