Thanks for illuminating some of those practices. I've seen so many
"test pressings" on eBay that you must be correct about promo copies
being issued as faux test pressings. I guess the only giveaway would be
a unique matrix that couldn't be found on regular issues.
Bob Olhsson wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> >From phillip holmes: "...if the deadwax info is the same on a supposed test
> pressing as a WLP or first issue, it probably isn't a test pressing? ..."
> I've never encountered the term deadwax before.
> A test pressing would be identical to the first issue (assuming the press
> run had been approved!) except for what was typically a reversed scrap label
> which sometimes had ID information written on it. (I've occasionally seen a
> plant use a special test pressing label but usually not.)
> When they start a pressing run the first few will often be bad because the
> press temperature hasn't stabilized. For this reason they might press ten,
> throw out the first three because of non-fill, check one out with a
> microscope, play it, put a couple on file and send the remaining four or
> five to the client. If a client was smart, they'd file away at least one to
> prove what they'd signed off on had been ok in the event of a bad pressing
> The rest would be passed on for the producer and engineers to check. I would
> be very surprised to see test pressings that weren't actually promo copies
> turning up very often among collectors.
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