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Anthony Taylor

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  1. Yeah, some machines can do it, and some can't which is unfortunate because it leads the majority of people to assume no-one can do it! Thanks to everyone who has done the survey so far, we've almost got 100 responses and the early results are rather different to what I was expecting
  2. Everyone has heard about 'circular scratches' on Xbox 360 discs but after doing a fair bit of Googling I can't find any statistics on how many people have actually experienced it / proportion of owners etc I want to know so I have created a quick survey using Survey Monkey (pretty nifty software it is too!) 4 questions, 30 seconds, Xbox 360 owners only please, Sony fans please don't ruin the data http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/scratched_discs I'd also be really interested to know if you've had circular scratches come about without actually moving the console as there seems to be growing reports of 'strong vibrations' damaging discs You should also check out this video of a journalist (who should know better) completely destroying a copy of Alan Wake! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQxV13kF3s Anthony
  3. I've got a few to go through actually - will send everyone details on Monday Anthony
  4. Working fine for me - welcome back Codies!
  5. Back in these days, it seemed you could lose anything in your schoolbag! Never lost a PS1 disc though!
  6. I remember buying Guitar Hero 3 on the Xbox 360 when it came out. All I wanted to do was sit at home and rock out. But, oh no my mate convinced me to take my 360 to his house. In my haste I left the disc in the drive and carted it down to his, all the time the disc must have been bashing against the drawer. Result, knackered disc and me going home in a major huff. Anthony
  7. Guys - we've repaired quite of your discs already, but i'm still waiting for addresses from a few of you so PM me them when you get chance! PS - Anyone else wants a repair, PM me your address and we'll make it so OK By the way we just put a video on Youtube, the knob talking is me so don't take the piss;
  8. Interesting - this was one of the reasons we opted for a different machine. Were you using the anti-static spray and cloth to wipe them down after they had been repaired? I had a similar machine in the past and having to wipe the goop off every time was soul destroying, and it was SO hard to get all of it off! Awesome - drop me a PM. I've got quite a few PM's in my inbox but I don't think we've hit 20 yet Anthony
  9. Hi guys, Thanks for the feedback so far - let me answer your questions individually; Hi Marc - The quality of the finish really is excellent on these machines. There is no haze or texturing on the discs like the Disc Doctor, Skip Dr etc. In the majority of cases they come out looking completely new, and if they don't they are run through until they do - I am borderline OCD on stuff like this! They also come out completely clean and dry - some of the other machines i've seen can leave the smears on the disc, making it really hard to get that 'like new' shine. To be honest, the best way to see the finish is to send a disc over ) We don't individually test each disc on the original console before we send it back, though we do inspect for unrepairable damage before the disc is repaired which picks up the majority of problems, such as foil damage. I intend to add a disc checker in the near future to scan for read errors before the discs are sent back. There would be no specific issues with repairing discs on an older system, like the Saturn. We've tested all of the main retro formats and have encountered no major issues. We did note that PS1 discs can show very slight 'buffing' marks which placed under a high intensity light after a repair, but with extra polishing this can easily be removed. I think this is due to the different type of plastic used compared with other discs. The only format which can cause major issues for some machines (not ours) is Blu-Ray. This is because the data is right on the bottom of the disc, so if you grind the plastic away you can completely destroy it. This is the case with the Skip Dr. We have a special pad to repair this sort of disc on our machines - it can't repair really heavy scratches but it still does a good job with light-moderate damage. Still some free repairs left so drop me a PM if you're fancy a freebie. Anthony
  10. None taken, I am glad you mentioned it. The price is actually £9.95 for 5 discs (you didn't think it was £10.95 per disc did you? It's £3.25 for 1 if so) but my designer buggered off for New Year and hasn't turned up to update the prices on the home page slider. On the issue of price - it is higher basically due to the postage costs involved. Each order is made up of a freepost envelope which we send out to customers and covers shipping to us, then you've got the repair cost, the return shipping and all postage materials. If you remove the associated costs then we probably charge the same for the actual disc repair as the stores do. In addition, we do use different machines to all of the big brand high street stores. We tested almost every disc repair machine available, and the machines we went for are by far the best at removing heavy scratches from discs. They weren't cheap to buy and they certainly aren't cheap to run, but in my opinion the finish they provide is far superior. Anthony
  11. I probably should have mentioned this is 1 per person
  12. Hi guys, I’d like to introduce my latest side project, http://www.discslikenew.com to forum members. We specialise in professionally repairing scratched, unplayable CDs, DVDs and Video Games, with a real emphasis on not only resolving playback issues, but providing a ‘as new’ finish every time. Almost any type of disc can be repaired (new and old) from the Sega Saturn and Nintendo Wii to the Amiga CD32 and Xbox 360. The only formats we can’t currently repair are Gamecube (coming soon) and PSP. Anyway - The website has only been live for a couple of months and i’d really like to get feedback on the quality of repair as well as get some suggestions for improvement. Therefore I’d like to offer 10 of you a completely disc repair repair – all I ask in exchange is you provide a couple lines of feedback on what you thought of our service, and if you’re fancy it, a quick review for the website. All you need is a scratched disc – it doesn’t matter if it is completely knackered or just has a few light scratches, we can make it shiny again. We’ll be operating this on a first come, first served basis, though I do reserve the right to dish out a few extra free repairs to any Super Members that are up for it. Please drop me a PM with 'Retro' in the title if you are interested. Before you do though, have a quick read of What Types Of Disc Damage Can Not Be Repaired – even we can’t repair everything! I have also posted this thread in the Discussion forum here - but I know a lot of the retro guys don’t stray far from these waters so I didn’t want to miss out on getting your feedback too. PS - Thanks to roberthazelby and Napoleon for allowing me to post this! Anthony
  13. Hi guys, I’d like to introduce my latest side project, Discs Like New to forum members. We specialise in professionally repairing scratched, unplayable CDs, DVDs and Video Games, with a real emphasis on not only resolving playback issues, but providing a ‘as new’ finish every time. Our machines are very different to those you may have seen on the high street, and are particularly good at removing very heavy damage, such as Xbox 360 ring scratches or heavy gouges from a disc. The website has only been live for a couple of months and i’d really like to get feedback on the quality of repair as well as get some suggestions for improvement. - and what better place to get this feedback than from a forum of gamers! Therefore we’d like to offer 20 RLLMUK forum members a free disc repair, in exchange for a couple of lines of feedback, or a review on our website if you’re feeling generous. All you need is a scratched disc – it doesn’t matter if it is completely knackered or just has a few light scratches, we can make it shiny again. We’ll be operating this on a first come, first served basis, though I do reserve the right to dish out a few extra free repairs to any Super Members that are up for it. Please drop me a PM if you are interested. Before you do though, have a quick read of what types of damage can not be repaired – even we can’t repair everything! If anyone else has any comments or questions about disc repair please ask away. PS - Thanks to roberthazelby and Napoleon for allowing me to post this! Anthony
  14. Great looking website - plus absolutely stacks of content to boot! This article brought back particularly fond memories; http://www.retrocollect.com/Reviews/retro-gaming-review-excellent-dizzy-collection-sega-game-gear.html I never actually played the Game Gear version but I played all of the Amiga titles (Prince of the Yolkfolk etc) at length as a young lad and loved them all - especially the music. Has Dizzy ever made it to XBLA or is there still a conflict over the rights to the game? Anthony
  15. Hi guys, With a baby one the way me and the missus have had a massive clearout and i've come across all sorts of things, not least a small pile of retro console adaptors for the SNES, N64 and Megadrive. There was a Wild Fire SNES Adaptor, Datel Universal Adaptor, also for the SNES, A Honeybee adaptor for the MD, a 'Game Adaptor' for the MD, and a Ultra 64 SFX adaptor for the N64. Does anyone still use this or do you all have modified consoles for import games, like I have? Will pop them in the Free thread (just seen that) if they are any good to anyone ) Anthony
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