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Professional Transcription and Equipment Services

+44(0)1225 335974

POPPY Records can offer a range of professional transcription services to archives, museums and historic collections. Playback and Archive copies are produced simultaneously in a range of digital formats and can be supplied on CD or hard drive.

Transcription from discs of all kinds


7", 10", 12", 13", 16" - up to 21"

Any speed

Lateral or vertical cut

Coarse groove or microgroove

Nitrate, 'acetate', cellophane or gelatine

Aluminium, glass, cardboard or galvanised iron

Centre or rim start

RIAA, Blumlein or BBC 'D' characteristics

Coupling sets & Demo discs

Undamaged, damaged or broken
(subject to examination)

(more about disc transcription)

Transcription disc

Wax cylinder playback


Up to 300 rpm

Up to 3" diameter

Up to 6" length

Any tpi

Standard Edison taper mandrel

Special mandrels to order

Wow reduction of warped cylinders

The cylinder playback machine may be hired, with or without an engineer, for transcribing fragile artefacts on the customer's premises. Please enquire for rates.

(more about cylinder playback)

Wire recording playback


Boosey & Hawkes

All played on original equipment, carefully reconstructed to give the correct transfer characteristics. Variable-speed playback to correct for non-standard recording speeds.

(more about playing wire recordings)

Recordgraph playback

The oringinal Recordgraph machines used sprocket drive and a fixed magazine geometry, which has the potential to damage the acetate film loops when they become shrunken and brittle. The Poppy Records playback machine is of completley new design and construction, with rubber drive rollers and a variable geometry magazine so as to handle old and deteriorating film loops as gently as possible.

(more about Recordgraph playback)

Magnetic disc playback

Pye rigid magnetic discs

Telefunken floppy magnetic discs

Other discs to special order.

(more about magnetic discs)

Dictabelt playback

Standard Dictabelts

Standard and non-standard playing speeds

Undersized belts which have become shrunken with age

Creased belts (depending on the severity of the creasing)

(more about Dictabelts)

Blue Dictabelt

(Also in red or green)

Grundig Stenorette playback

Standard Grundig Stenorette dictating machine cartridges.

Damaged cartridges and tapes (subject to examination).

(more about Stenorette cassettes)

Stenorette cassette

If your recording is in a format not listed above, it may be possible to play it by adapting an existing machine or by constructing a special playback device for the purpose. Please contact me to dicuss the possibilities.

adm@poppy records  dot co dot  uk

+44(0)1225 335974

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