[Dixielandjazz] Re: Skipping CDs (was Proper Records - Spike Jones)

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Sat Dec 11 15:24:44 PST 2004

Dear Ron,
CDs rarely skip due to manufacturing errors. And the Proper Box CDs are no
Unfortunately, most people think that CDs (like LPs before them) are
They are not!
When a CD (particularly a second-hand one) skips or repeats inspect the
shiny underside and check for dust, hair, finger marks, scuffs, scratches,
digs or bits of sticky gunk.
Remove these by first breathing on the surface (as you would  when cleaning
your glasses) and wipe the surface with a clean, soft cloth radially from
the centre out. Do not clean with a circular motion. Do not use you finger
nail to remove gunk.
CDs read from the centre out, so it is possible to make a rough guess as to
where the skip is. Track 3 - close to the hole. Track 22 - near the outer
Imperfections will scatter the light from the CD player laser beam.
Deep digs and scratches in the surface are difficult/impossible to repair.
Always return the CD to its case after use. Do not leave it lying on a hard
surface, where the slightest movement across dust will scratch it.
I may be telling you something you already know.
If so, I apologise.
However, I am amazed at how many of my friends do not know how to look after
their valuable and costly CDs (and LPs).
Kind regards,

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