Bronzed CD

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sear, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Tarragona (Spain)
    I notice that my U2 October old CD have a bronzed tone on the surface.
    Is it rot sign?
     
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  2. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    It is. The disc is almost certainly 'made in UK by PDO'. Many of these, manufactured in the late 80s - mid 90s do this. It doesn't affect the music at first, but eventually it does. As October is a short album, it might not affect the music on your disc yet. It tends to go from the outside, where the final tracks are on CDs, inwards.
     
  3. IanM007

    IanM007 Give me CDs or give me death...!

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    I've got a totally bronze 'Non Stop Erotic Cabaret' CD I'm expecting to have to replace sometime. Still plays but for how long?! Thanks PDO!
     
  4. bresna

    bresna Forum Resident

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    It must be a UK PDO pressing. They had that problem back in the early days of the CD.
     
  5. IanM007

    IanM007 Give me CDs or give me death...!

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    For the OP - on the plus side, at least 'October' is pretty rubbish. And I'm a U2 fan.
     
  6. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    No, it's their best album
     
  7. IanM007

    IanM007 Give me CDs or give me death...!

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    Each to their own! Fair enough!
     
  8. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The bronze is on the non readable side
     
  9. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Yes it's PDO
     
  10. hutlock

    hutlock Forum Resident

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    I’ve got a handful of PDO discs from that time with bronzed fronts but perfect backs and they all play just fine, have for years.
     
  11. AndyP19

    AndyP19 Well-Known Member

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    Hythe, Kent, UK
    There was a time back when the bronzing issue first arose that the record company sent out a replacement disc gratis. Seem to recall that a number of my U2 discs were replaced and yes all pressed at PDO.
     
  12. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident

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    Is the bronzing hue evenly distributed over the surface or is it spotty and does it get darker towards the edge of the disc?
    In the first case you might be in luck because PDO UK also produced 'tinted' discs which are unaffected by rot.
     
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  13. bresna

    bresna Forum Resident

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    The bronzing is usually on the non-read side because there is only a thin coat of lacquer on that side.
     
  14. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The bronzing is uniformly
     
  15. Used to know this girl in Calgary whose skin had a bronze sheen to it. God !She was a knockout !
    We now return to our regular program...
     
  16. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I also see, in the light, a small hole that let the light through
     
  17. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Does have the days numbered?
    I'll buy another copy
     
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  18. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident

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    Best way to check if it's still ok is by ripping the disc with EAC and checking the log file. If the later tracks rip more slowly than the first tracks that's a hint that the disc could be developing problems.
     
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  19. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    It's hard to say, I've had ones that haven't played the last few songs on long CDs, but plenty of others that look bad but play well. October is cheap enough to replace though. I haven't got any, but I've read good things about the currently available remastered U2 CDs. They could sound better.
     
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  20. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

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    I doubt that:cheers:
     
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  21. c-eling

    c-eling Love has no date of expiration...

    This an example? No issues
    1990 UK PDO, it's actually pretty cool looking.
    All my UK CD-V's have this tint as well with no problems.
    [​IMG]
     
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  22. fogalu

    fogalu Forum Resident

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    I have about three bronzed discs and they still play perfectly but I think I'd better back them up.

    I don't think pinholes are a problem. I have a 30 year old CD which has a lot of pinholes which I spotted soon after buying it back in 1987. It's still delivering perfect sound . Probably forever. :D
     
  23. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I don't know the cause for pinhole
     
  24. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident

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    Nice treasure trove of golden bling bling.
     
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  25. strippies

    strippies Forum Resident

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    Part of the early manufacturing process at some plants.
     
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