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Title: Vinyl LP Frenzy Brings Record-Pressing Machines Back to Life
Post by: Stuart on September 15, 2015, 05:05:31 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/business/media/a-vinyl-lp-frenzy-brings-record-pressing-machines-back-to-life.html

Wake me when 78s are back! (Shellac futures, anyone?)  ;)
Title: Re: Vinyl LP Frenzy Brings Record-Pressing Machines Back to Life
Post by: StoogeKebab on September 16, 2015, 05:09:01 AM
We may be waking you sooner than expected  ;)

Whilst I haven't actually placed an order yet, I have a plan and template organised with one Nathan Sawford out of Melbourne, Australia (I think he might be the only one with a pressing plant out my way) who is assisting me in making repro 78s for wall display that will actually still play at 78rpm, while not shellac, they are actually thicker. I have an EP from him and one of my label mates has an LP from him. My EP has a sound very different to the digital files, and his has a sound near indistinguishable, however as time has gone on and he has shown it off repeatedly, it has that little touch of surface noise and it's just great.
Title: Re: Vinyl LP Frenzy Brings Record-Pressing Machines Back to Life
Post by: Stuart on September 16, 2015, 01:07:32 PM
IIRC, Joe Bussard was the last person in the U.S. to cut and market--albeit in a limited way--78s in the U.S. Cutting, pressing and marketing 78s on a commercial scale, much like the way vinyl LPs are now being done, (in addition to the start-up costs) assumes that there is a customer base willing to invest in a turntable, stylus and probably a pre-amp to play them on through their sound systems. It's tough enough for me to predict the past, much less the future, so who knows what would happen? The 78 collectors swear by the sound of a quality record if played on the proper equipment--that it's superior to an LP. So maybe at the right price point, the whole thing might catch on. However,  I think that deep pockets and a lot of patience are required for anyone contemplating this move.
Title: Re: Vinyl LP Frenzy Brings Record-Pressing Machines Back to Life
Post by: jpeters609 on September 17, 2015, 06:53:35 AM
IIRC, Joe Bussard was the last person in the U.S. to cut and market--albeit in a limited way--78s in the U.S.

And Joe didn't even get into the pressing part of the business. As I recall, all of his Fonotone 78s were actually individually cut on an acetate cutting machine (or whatever such a device was called)!
Title: Re: Vinyl LP Frenzy Brings Record-Pressing Machines Back to Life
Post by: Lignite on September 17, 2015, 08:00:20 AM
Yes, I had him press me some copies of 78s back in the 1970s. They did not last very long and are unplayable now.
Title: Re: Vinyl LP Frenzy Brings Record-Pressing Machines Back to Life
Post by: Lastfirstface on September 17, 2015, 08:06:54 AM
Evangelist Records in the UK pressed a few 78s a couple years back. Pokey Lafarge, Jerron Paxton and CW Stoneking if I remember correctly.