We were getting great pressings from some labels and ghastly ones from others
(thin, wobbly, floppy, with bits of label stuck in the grooves, edges you could
shave yourself with). I'm sure a lot of regrind went into the material used for
most pop LPs on non-major labels. Small jazz and classical companies were at
the mercy of corner-cutting pressing plants, unless they were using Columbia or
RCA (whose wafer thin pressings were much thicker and heavier after a few
years)..sometimes you'll find Vox or Murray Hill LPs pressed by RCA and they're
Roger and Allison Kulp wrote:
> Is it true that in the late 70s and 80s,most US major label records were pressed on recycled vinyl,or was that just an urban legend ?
> "Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roger and Allison Kulp"
>> Some of those late 40s/early 50s promo 78s are literally on paper thin
> vinyl.Can't recall if it was RCA or Columbia,that was the worst.
> Probably RCA...who sold the "Dynaflex" LP's (which actually DID flex
> readily, and weren't quite thin enough for translucency...?!)
> The apparent assumption was that, since then-"modern" turntables
> tracked at a gram or less...therefore, the LP's could be MUCH
> thinner and still survive regular use...?! LP's later "slimmed
> down" even further in the seventies...they were made from
> petrochemical products, and all of a sudden the Ay-rabs turned
> off the taps, creating the first "Oil Crisis"...!
> It'll be interesting to see what happens in a decade or two,
> when all the "gushers" begin to go "Drip, drip...drip...drip......
> Steven C. Barr
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