Being familiar with the effort it took Chad to locate the presses he has, where are these "new" units coming from?
H D Goldman Lagniappe Chemicals Ltd.
PO Box 37066 St. Louis, MO 63141 USA
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On Aug 4, 2014, at 7:44 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Three observations, both one man's opinions ...
> 1. If United goes through on their plan to add 16 presses, others would be foolish to expand for the time being. My bet is, 16 new presses at a high-output place like United will be enough capacity for now. The article also neglected to mention Chad Kassem's state of the art new pressing facility in Kansas. I think Chad custom-build enough presses to do at least what Gotta Groove does per day.
> 2. Chad told me that it's tricky, but colored vinyl can now be done so it doesn't sound any worse than black vinyl. I have to say that the Record Store Day colored vinyl release of Velvet Underground "Loaded" didn't sound any worse than the CD from which it was mastered.
> 3. The article does a good job enumerating the "art" aspects of pressing records. Ambient humidity, press temperature, the consistency of the water heating system, etc, all play major roles in quality. Also, operator care with pressing cycles, centering of labels, etc. The article did not touch on what is needed to MASTER a good LP record. Too many new-issue vinyl releases are made from toothpaste-compressed masters the same as the CD and/or download releases. These sound particularly bad on vinyl because of the nature of mechanical mastering and playback. It's also odd that the Cleveland place is doing so much work for ambient and minimalist artists. Those genres benefit the most from digital technology -- super-quiet backgrounds behind the subtle soundscapes. I suspect the vinyl releases are driven by artifact-hunting and general hipsterism.
> One other thing -- the article failed to mention that there are at least two large-scale pressing plants in Europe. The biggest one, in Germany, has been block-booked by UMG twice in recent years for the massive production cycles associated with Beatles box sets. I suspect this has a bearing on the long lead times at US plants.
> -- Tom Fine