The dude says "...it's nothing to me. It's just a record." I hope I never buy one he stamped!
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Being in manufacturing all my life I can truly say I'm concerned. The demand and profit are there. (I know I'm paying at least $30.00 for one LP + shipping) Why no new equipment or processes? I would believe capital would be available from investors interested in a fair ROI. Or is it not 'glamorous enough' or not a 'DOT COM' business creating nothing really tangible you can put your hands upon? Kind of sad when the plant manager has no interest, as Abucktwoeighty noted......
Why do you want "New" recordings on vinyl ?
If I am reading correctly , all of the new stuff is developed in the digital realm and then 'converted' to analog . This digitization & conversion affects the aspects that we love about the original analog/vinyl sound . It's about the processing , isn't it ?
I think the comment by the plant manager is really a reflection of the fact that it is a fairly old tech manufacturing business, and as the video suggested, lots of variables to keep all that stuff humming optimally. I don't care that he doesn't give a poop about the music, as long as the records are well made. We can leave the creative stuff to the artists, engineers and producers. I do find it fascinating that these old presses can be refurbished and returned to service. As to investment in new presses, I don't know, but imagine the tooling costs would be considerable, and it seems that a lot of people are concerned that once the 'fad' aspect of the vinyl bubble bursts, we'll be back to far lower volume, audiophile stuff, the odd release by a new band, etc. I don't buy many new records, and of the 'mass market' stuff I do buy, whether pressed in the US or EU, I've certainly had issues. (I'm not talking about the fancier pressings of the type you get from Chad or Mo-Fi, and even some of the big labels are using Chad now for some stuff, e.g. if memory serves, the Hendrix Legacy AYE was pressed at QRP).