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    Posted: 30 Jun 2017 at 9:39am
Not sure if this is the right place but a feed from Auntie Beeb announces that Sony will start pressing vinyl again for the first time since 1989. Production to start in March next year. 

 Bit nonplussed with this news as an article in one of the magazines last year was all doom and gloom about vinyl production due to the age and lack of spares for the ancient equipment used in record production. 

 Or is just that Sony have invested in building new machines when others wouldn't. I suppose all will be revealed in the fullness of time, but looking rosy if players like this enter the game.

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I read an article saying the same thing today. Sony are huge. They'll invest in new gear, surely?
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That was my initial thought because when I read the article I found it had to believe that someone hadn't had spare lathe cutting heads made, can't be beyond an engineers skill (might be expensive) but people have parts for old cars made all the time. Looking forward to some of their back catalogue being reissued, better start saving.
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An interesting development certainly especially if they have indeed invested in new equipment. Some of the pressings that are released today are very poorly done with far too much surface noise.
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Yes. I saw this article too. I hope something good comes of it although, wasn't it Sony that was hell bent on replacing vinyl with their CD technology in the 80s and started vinyl's demise? That said, for some of us vinyl never really went away. For me, it became the enthusiasts end of the music spectrum. Like a good bottle of wine to be appreciated rather than CD's weekday vin ordinare.
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Originally posted by sheepskinstu sheepskinstu wrote:

Some of the pressings that are released today are very poorly done with far too much surface noise.


Depends on the wax used to cut the master and swarf removal. Also the cleanliness of the electroless plating solutions used to make the stamper from it.
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That's very interesting Graham. There's a fascination with using 180g vinyl but some of my best pressings are much lighter than this. Some of the mastering isn't the best either especially now it's digital.

I'm very happy that vinyl is still on an upward curve but I hope it doesn't become quantity over quality.

Originally posted by Graham Slee Graham Slee wrote:

Originally posted by sheepskinstu sheepskinstu wrote:

Some of the pressings that are released today are very poorly done with far too much surface noise.


Depends on the wax used to cut the master and swarf removal. Also the cleanliness of the electroless plating solutions used to make the stamper from it.
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