What are lathe cut records?
In a nutshell:
Lathe Cutting is a process which utilizes a sharp cutting stylus to engrave or emboss sound grooves onto a disk. Lathe cut records are an alternative to the modern practice of pressing records with metal plates. In lathe cutting a voice coil is used to drive a needle which cuts the sound waves into the revolving disk beneath it. This method has long been used for producing lacquer masters, which are then used to make metal plates for pressing. Most of the machines used for this purpose were manufactured pre-1960. In more recent years many people (myself included) have begun experimenting with utilizing these machines to produce limited edition, unique records. Because the grooves are cut rather than pressed the resulting grooves have slightly less depth than traditional pressed records, meaning the volume level is slightly decreased when compared to pressed records. However the sound quality is generally complimented as being very good for a lo-fi product.
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Custom Lathe Cut Records
All lathe cut records are handmade and packed in clear plastic sleeves for protection.
All records are clear ( round)
All cuts are mono. The lathe I use are from the pre-stereo era.
All cuts are made at 33 1/3 RPM.
All records come with a lathe cut record info card.
Turnaround is approximately 4-6 weeks from payment received.
Faster turnaround can be arranged but will incur a 20% rush charge added to the order total.
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20 single-sided Clear Round 7″ $150
20 double-sided Clear Round 7″ $175
this special does not include labels.