On 8/8/2011 10:20 PM, Roger Kulp wrote:
> Were any the Capitol records pressed by Fine?

Fine didn't press records.  It was a recording studio, and also could be 
hired as a mastering studio.

> I don't recall seeing any that had Fine markings on them,but then again,I'm not going to go dig through hundreds of 50s Capitol records,looking for the Fine marks.

It was not on the Capitol label.  It was on the Mercury label. Mercury 
used the Capitol studio to record the master TAPE, and then two years 
later had Fine cut the lacquer masters.

>  Considering all of the 1958-59 Mercury stereo records I've seen,popular
>  and classical,there were a lot of those well-heeled audiophiles out there.
>  I've often why the records,and tapes,turn up so much,but rarely,if ever
>  do you see any of that early stereo audiophile equipment turning up withit. Roger

If someone had 1000 rrecords and had one equipment set-up to play them, 
why would you expect to find the equipment with the individual 
records???  Much of that equipment got discarded or traded in decades 
ago while keeping the records to play on replacement equipment.  It is 
not a situation that each generation of equipment stays with each 
generation of the records.  And if you check on ebay, there probably are 
always some examples of 1950s and 60s audiophile equipment there.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]

From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
 >> Mercury got into stereo relatively early, so there was a lot of 
material in the hopper to release as soon as stereo LPs came along. 
Plus, they had a concerted and organized plan for cutting stereo disks 
and pressing them, all lined up as soon as the playback equipment became 
available. The first pop stereo catalog number, SR60000, was Richard 
Hayman "Havana In HiFi," recorded 1956 at Capitol Studios NYC and LP cut 
at Fine Recording. An abbreviated version of that album was also the 
first catalog number in Mercury's 2-track tapes.