Can anyone here convert a 78rpm vinyl record to a modern music electronic file Thank you @yophilyo!

I see a few people here have turntables and lots of electronic savvy. In the 1950s my maternal grandfather, Paul Ondrejcek, sung in night clubs, cruise ships and recorded 2 songs (under the name Paul Ondre) which were released on vinyl and played on some radio stations in New Jersey (and maybe elsewhere). This vinyl record is heavy and 78rpm. I would love to have both songs put into a modern music file format so I could post them online. I never tried to clean the record for fear of damaging it. Even if it came out scratchy, I would still love to post these two songs but have no turntables or editing programs to clean up the sound. Does anyone here have experience with these type of things? I’d like to be able to pay someone to tackle this project which may be a simple task for someone with the know-how.


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Hey was about to give some instructions on how to do this if you have a turntable and mixer but I did a quick search and it looks like someone has archived your grandfathers music already!

Heres the link I found: Internet Archive Search: creator:"Paul Ondre"

The recordings are pretty noisy but that’s to be expected from such an old record. You could probably find a sound engineer who could clean it up a little but I think it adds to the charm

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Holy smoke! I googled so often and it never came up!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!

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Now, I am wondering how I can snag the two files and put them on my youtube channel.

on the individual song page there should be this box on the right:

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click show all then you’ll get this list:

click anyone you want. you’ll probably just want an mp3 for youtube so anything that ends in “.mp3” will be fine.

It will then take you to this:

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Click the 3 dots then you’ll see the option to download :+1:

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Thank you! This will be a project for me after work or this week. Thank you sooo much!!!

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no problem man. happy to help. also digging your grandfathers music. I love that old organ sound

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I love this group

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Your grandfather made some beautiful music :blush:

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That’s awesome you were able to find it! It reminds me of something you’d hear on the radio while walking around the wasteland in a Fallout game.

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Now I want to go watch “Legend of 1900”

A HUGE thank you to @yophilyo for making my dream come true and doing the technical stuff necessary for getting my grandfather’s (1914 - 1982) songs onto my youtube channel!

Even though he was probably in his twenties when he recorded these songs and sang in nightclubs and cruise ships, I can recognize little inflections in his voice. It’s really amazing to me.

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I have one more record of my grandfather singing in the 1940s. I’ve never heard it before. Does anyone here have the means to turn these into digital files or a recommendation of the equipment to do so? I’m still in the process of cleaning them. Thank you in advance.

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A big thank you to @yophilyo for helping me get two more songs my grandfather recorded in the 1940s on 78rpm onto youtube. “Fiffity Two Street” is a song I can find no info about. My grandfather sang in nightclubs and on cruise ships under the name Paul Ondre. His full name was Paul Ondrejcek and was my mother’s father. He died in 1982.

It’s amazing that a person on a yoyo forum was able to help me with this. There’s so many knowledgeable and multi-talented people here!

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