Using our service is
fast, easy, and most of all, safe. To place an order, we ask that you please fill
in and print our simple order form which can be found by clicking
here. If that doesn't work, then just include your clearly-printed contact
information (including e-mail address) and what you'd like to have done. We do
not require payment in advance. Then send your recordings to:
Deep Sky Audio
5713 85th Avenue
New Carrollton, MD 20784
When your package arrives, we'll e-mail you to let you know it got here safely and when your order will be completed. Then, when everything's ready to ship back to you, we'll again e-mail you with your total and payment options. We accept personal checks, money orders, and credit cards through Pay Pal. You do NOT need to have a Pay Pal account to pay with a credit card.
How to send your records.
Having received literally thousands of orders over the years, we're quite familiar with how they get here. Here's how they compare.
MAIL - Safest, fastest, most reliable method, but a bit expensive if your
order is heavy.
EXPRESS MAIL - Don't waste your money. Priority mail is only one day slower.
FED EX - Fair prices and usually punctual, but in the past, orders have been lost or damaged by Fed Ex.
UPS - The highest-priced shipper. Some risk of damage due to handling.
MEDIA MAIL - Slower than priority mail, but much cheaper. Best if you're sending a collection of heavy items.
PARCEL POST - In a race between Parcel Post, tectonic plates and glaciers, our money is on the glaciers.
How to pack your records.
Albums - The post office will give you (for free) a large Priority Mail box #1095, which is perfect for sending albums. Leave the box unassembled, which makes a sturdy cardboard sleeve. Cut OFF the long flaps that do NOT have the glue strip, and the little flap that goes with it. Sandwich the album between two pieces of cardboard, and slide it into the sleeve. Then fold over the end flaps and seal the package with the glue strips, taping the small remaining flaps. Write DO NOT BEND and PHONOGRAPH RECORDS very loudly on the package. Click here to see how it's done. The mailers you receive from buying albums online work nicely too.
Got more than just a few albums? Just contact us, and we'll happily send you a shipping box.
DO NOT USE A "FLAT RATE" BOX TO SEND AN ALBUM. YOU WILL PAY MORE THAN YOU NEED TO.
To send 78's - Shellacs are much more breakable than albums, and require greater shipping care. It is best to make a 78 "sandwich", alternating records and squares of cardboard. Wrap the sandwich in Saran Wrap or bubble wrap, then pack it carefully into a larger box with at least 3 inches of room around the sandwich for crumbled newspaper or bubble wrap. Put no more than ten 78's in one sandwich, and put more crumbled newspaper between sandwiches, if there's more than one. Many 78's from the 40's and 50's are in albums. It's fine to leave them in the album, just pack the album carefully as above.
RECORDIOS, Voice-O-Graphs, etc. - Home recording discs do not require the same extreme packing as shellacs, as they are unbreakable. Just a paper towel between discs with cardboard top and bottom, wrapped in bubble wrap is quite sufficient. And if you are sending collections of home recording discs, and you wish the record label information to appear on the CD, send us the program information in an e-mail and index the records with sticky notes. That way the program information will be accurate.
To send tapes - Please be certain that there is adequate cushion to prevent breakage of reel and cassette housings, if they are not in cases. Although we have received cassettes unharmed in plain envelopes, we recommend a padded mailer at the very least.
To send wires - The spool on which the wire is wound is pot metal, and easily broken. Make sure the spool is adequately cushioned against impact. If the wire does not have a leader, please make sure the end is securely taped to the spool. If you have many spools, roll them into a "log" with bubble wrap, and ship the log packed in crumbled newspaper.
Other recordings - Just tell us what you have, and we'll tell you how to safely ship it. There isn't much we haven't dealt with before.