Better Records White Hot Stampers: Now the Story Can Be Told!


Just got shipping notification, so now the story can be told!

  Better-Records.com is a small, incredibly valuable yet little known company run out of Thousand Oaks, CA by Tom Port. The business started out many years ago when Tom Port noticed no two records sound quite the same. Evidently Tom is a sound quality fanatic on a scale maybe even higher than mine, and he started getting together with some of his audio buds doing shoot-outs in a friendly competition to see who has the best sounding copy.   

Over time this evolved into Better-Records.com, where the best of the best of these shoot-outs can be bought by regular guys like me who live for the sound, but just don't have the time or the drive to go through all the work of finding these rare gems.

The difference in quality between your average pressing and a White Hot Stamper is truly incredible. If you don't have the system or the ears of course you may never notice. If you do though then nothing else comes even close.   

Tom will say things like only one in twenty copies is Hot Stamper worthy. This doesn't even come close to conveying the magnitude. Last night for example, wife and I were listening to our White Hot Stamper of Tchaikovsky 1812. Then we played another White Hot Tchaikovsky. Then we played the Tchaikovsky tracks from my copy of Clair deLune.  

Without hearing a White Hot you would think Clair de Lune is about as good as it gets. After two sides of Tom's wonders it was flat, dull, mid-fi. Not even in the same ball park. And yet this is quite honestly a very good record. How many of these he has to clean, play, and compare to find the rare few magical sounding copies, I don't even know!  

Copies of Hot Stamper quality being so hard to find means of course they are not always available. This is not like going to the record store. There are not 50 copies of Year of the Cat just sitting around. Most of the time there are no copies at all. When there are, they get snapped up fast. Especially the popular titles. Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Tom Petty Southern Accents, whole bunch of em like this get sold pretty fast even in spite of the astronomically outrageous prices they command. Then again, since people pay - and fast - maybe not so outrageous after all.   

So I spent months looking, hoping for Year of the Cat to show up. When it did, YES! Click on it and.... Sorry, this copy is SOLD! What the...? It was only up a day! If that!  

Well now this puts me in a bit of a spot. Because, see, besides loving music and being obsessed with sound quality, I'm also enthusiastic about sharing this with others. With most things, no problem. Eric makes an endless supply of Tekton Moabs. Talking up Tekton or Townshend or whatever has no effect on my ability to get mine. With Better-records.com however the supply is so limited the last thing I need is more competition. Bit of a bind.   

Even so, can't keep my big mouth shut. Been telling everyone how great these are. One day someone buys one based on my recommendation, Tom finds out, next thing you know I'm a Good Customer. What does that mean? Well is there anything you're looking for? Year of the Cat. That's a hard one. Tell me about it. Might take a while. Take all the time you need. Just get me one. Please. Okay.  

That was months ago. Other day, hey we're doing a shoot-out. No guarantees but should be able to find you one. So for the last few days I was all Are we there yet? Are we there yet? And now finally, like I said, shipped!  

So now I have my Grail, and the story can be told. Got a nice little collection of Hot Stampers, and will be adding more, but this for me is The One. Might not be for you, but that is the beauty of it all. Many of us have that one special record we love. If you do too, and you want to hear it like listening to the master tape, this is the way to go.
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Showing 44 responses by thecarpathian

If you have a copy or two of a particular album, then purchase what is advertised as a White Hot Stamping, and this new album sounds just like one of your old ones, how do you know if you just purchased a clunker, or if one of your copies was already a White Hot Stamping?
No. It makes you honest.

A dandy of an assessment with the testing!
miller,
I must say that you gave an informative, concise response and you were neither condescending nor insulting. 
A glimmer of hope for you yet.
Oh, my.
If you could for a moment tell that giant ego of yours to take five, you may understand the gist of my post.


It also does not speak well of a company and owner if they are so willing to share customer information.
Okay DS, your story checks out. Well the part about buying it anyway. Much to my surprise. Now if you can tell how awesome it is I will be even more surprised.
I wonder if you can ban someone for stalking.
How disturbingly creepy.
Honestly, what went through your head that you felt compelled to expend time and energy to verify if a fellow member bought what he said he bought??
Picasso, Van Gogh, whatever. Wasn’t even Starry Night. The Night Cafe. Like it matters.
Apparently he has not.
I have noticed miller is a stickler for facts and accuracy.
Unless he is the one who is being corrected.
Because miller went to see him.
Perhaps he's a fan of Van Goghs....
Ah, my mistake.
But it does remind me:
miller, I ordered a print of Picasso's 'The Sunflowers' off of Amazon last night.
When can I expect it to ship?
Ah, miller.
Spreading more of your charm I see.....


@glupson,
Do you know the specifics of the turntable you are going to demo the album on?
You know, to prepare yourself for the onslaught of tomfoolery if you don't care for the sound....
There's a small aberrant group here who live to mock, and we can only dream of the day they back off to the level of tomfoolery.
You are deserving of every shred of it.
Frank,
I'm going to buy it simply because I can't pass up a terrific name like Zoot Sims!
Frank,
It is quite a read....
You should change from oregonpapa to proudpapa....!
I believe we are at the crescendo of miller informing us to go away because this is nothing but blather and a waste of space on his personal thread.
That will give me ample opportunity to inform him he brought it upon himself by stalking you. He can't stand it when he doesn't have ironclad control of the narrative.
Hi Frank!
Do you have any idea as to the oldest album in your collection?
I know by what you’ve posted, you have quite an eclectic and enviable stash.
Just wondering if you can share any rare goodies from the 40’s or 50’s.
Hope you are doing well!
Thank you for sharing, Frank.
I know this is pure corn, but it is a soundtrack of your life. Snapshots of memories must surely come to mind while listening. Wonderfully extensive list.

Frank and anyone interested-
Pick up a copy of the book 'The Forgotten Soldier' by Guy Sajer.
He writes of what he experienced as a  Wermacht soldier on the Eastern Front.
The misery he endured and what he and countless others went through, soldiers and civilians alike, makes what Americans at home dealt with seem like a trip to Disneyland.


  • "I expect that millercarbon will inform me when my record arrives"

I don't know whether to laugh or to say shame on you. :-)

Frank
Personally, I laughed.
Think that’s something, partial tally what they got through lend-lease:
400,000 jeeps and trucks
14,000 planes
8,000 tractors
13,000 tanks
1,500,000 blankets
107,000 tons cotton
2,700,000 tons petroleum
4,500,000 tons food
Explosives, guns, ammo, copper, steel, aluminum, medicine, and one entire Ford tire factory.
That’s a lot of rubles!
I’m sorry, what was this thread about?
@glupson,

Any word from miller on when your album's arriving?
So...you're not one to kiss and tell?
So, ’Virtue signaling’ causes homelessness?? Bump your head on your Moabs?
I see this is now your new ’go to’ phrase.
Glad to see you’ve branched out from ’snowflake’.
Say, talk to Tom today?  When is glupson’s album due in?
Now see what you've done, miller?
Your rant has taken this thread completely off topic.
Just remember the line from Gone With the Wind:
"You should be kissed and often, by someone who knows how."
I cannot help you with that, but perhaps Tom or Carol from Better-Records.com can.
There.
Now please try to stay on topic.


A bargain if it is one from his Moulin de la Galette series.
As we all know, Picasso was a disciple of the Dutch masters...

I thought you said virtue signalers cause homelessness, now you say libtards cause homelessness. Which one is it?
Are virtue signalers libtards, or are libtards virtue signalers? Are they in cahoots?
Perhaps libtard signalers cause homelessness. Or virtue libtards. What about homeless libtards?
Audio is very confusing....

It seems that people do call Tom more often than I would expect from simple business transaction.
Perhaps he's a terrific kisser.
miller?
I'm sorry but we're trying to stay on topic.
If we start getting into miller's lack of knowledge, it may be a point of no return...
If you say "talked" with Tom the midwits here cannot figure out that could mean email.

'Talk':
To express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words.

'Correspond':
To communicate through the exchanging of letters, email or by other electronic means.

Seems you're the only one who's confused.
glupson,
Very thorough.
Quite interested in hearing the outcome.
Will miller be joining you, or do you plan on enjoying yourself?
Well? Well?
Did Carol come through??
perhaps use Windex and the Coton de Tulear?
Pardon my ignorance in these matters, but what is a tagger?
Don't forget to thoroughly clean the copies you already have, to put them on a level playing field.
Were you able to give the original albums a good cleaning?
let me offer my condolences, and compliments, having to go to all that trouble only to wind up corroborating every single thing I have been saying. Sometimes darn near word for word.
I cut my lawn yesterday.
Want to take credit for that, too?
Make a digital copy first!
thecarpathian fell into the trap here.
I did indeed.
I foolishly thought that by pointing out to him that he indeed has much to offer this forum, his knowledge and experience would be more well received if he would drop the narcissistic condescension that is weaved into his posts, and the calling out of his transgressions would disappear.
But instead of taking it at face value, he does what he is known for: Attack. Self praise. Belittling. Accusations of hatred.
Interesting that he writes the very things he rails against.


Nobody wants to compare my White Hot Stamper to their own.
I would certainly take you up on it, but I currently do not have a comparable album with which to compare.
Or a turntable.
I hope that does not make me a Chinese Communist.
Ducati1098rr,

I see that skypunk is back with a new user name.
You incorrectly state that digital is a ’flash in the pan’.
Digital has been around for decades, is overwhelmingly dominating the industry, and is going nowhere.
Perhaps you are ignorant of the phrase and that is why you used it incorrectly.
I was familiar with that phrase 40 years ago.
It always takes a while for the masses to catch up with the leaders.


Maybe he could call it a Dicyanoacetylene Ozone hot stamper.